Will Newell named SAC Defensive Player of the Week


Will Newell named SAC Defensive Player of the Week
Monday, September 29, 2008 | by Senior linebacker wins award for third time this season

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The South Atlantic Conference Football Players of the Week have been announced for the week ending Sep. 27, 2008. Newberry linebacker Will Newell was named the SAC Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season, while Wingate wide receiver Shawn Barrett was named the SAC Offensive Player of the Week. Lenoir-Rhyne placekicker Colin Corpe was named the SAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Newell, a 6-2, 255-pound senior from Irmo, S.C., recorded 14 tackles in Newberry's 27-21 overtime win over Carson-Newman, which was ranked 8th in the D2Football.com poll and 11th in the AFCA poll. Newell finished with four solo stops, forced a fumble, broke up a pass and accounted for a quarterback hurry. Newell is seventh all-time in total tackles at Newberry (287).

Newell has won defensive player of the week honors three times this season, and five times in his illustrious career.

Barrett, a 6-4, 215-pound senior from Andover, N.J., caught a career-high three touchdown passes as Wingate defeated Tusculum 37-33 in this year's league opener. Barrett hauled in the game-winner with 9:06 remaining and the Wingate defense made a red-zone stop as time expired as the Bulldogs remained undefeated on the year.

Corpe, a 6-2, 180-pound freshman from Ocala, Fla., tied a school record with four field goals in Lenoir-Rhyne's 40-14 win at Brevard. Corpe was perfect on his four field goal attempts, while going 2-for-3 on extra points for his 14 points.

The South Atlantic Conference Football Players of the Week are selected by a vote of the league's sports information directors.

South Atlantic Conference Football Players of the Week

Offense
Date Player, Position School
9/1 Corey Russell, QB Tusculum
9/8 Jamelle Cuthbertson, RB Catawba
9/15 Corey Russell, QB Tusculum
9/22 Tyrea Allen, WR Mars Hill
9/29 Shawn Barrett, WR Wingate

Defense
Date Player, Position School
9/1 Will Newell, LB Newberry
9/8 Marqus Davis, DE Catawba
9/15 Will Newell, LB Newberry
9/22 Tylan Merkerson, S Wingate
9/29 Will Newell, LB Newberry

Special Teams
Date Player, Position School
9/1 Gareth Rowlands, PK Tusculum
9/8 Patrick Pinchinat, RS Wingate
9/15 John Gregory, P Tusculum
9/22 Michael Pinkerton, PK Mars Hill
9/29 Colin Corpe, PK Lenoir-Rhyne