Newberry County Touchdown Club awards three Newberry athletes

Newberry County Touchdown Club awards three Newberry athletes
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 | by Marchent Faustin, Mike Grase, and Kamaal McIlwain awarded for their performance this past month

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Marchent Faustin (Summerville, S.C.), Mike Grase (Rock Hill, S.C.), and Kamaal McIlwain (Fort Mill, S.C.) were all honored for their outstanding performance on the field Tuesday night by the Newberry County Touchdown Club.

“This is a very high honor that all of our players deserve,” said head coach Zak Willis. “It is given by people who support us as much as anybody and I'm very proud of what they have done this last month.”

Faustin, a senior, received the NCTDC Newberry College offensive player of the month award for his standout performance on the offensive line. Faustin has started in every game this month and has been one of the best offensive linemen in the conference. This season, Faustin received preseason second team all-South Atlantic Conference honors.

Grase, also a senior, was awarded with the NCTDC Newberry College defensive player of the month award. Grase has excelled this month and started every game at inside linebacker. This month, he has averaged six total tackles a game and has earned six tackles for a loss in his last four games.

Against Mars Hill, Grase had his best game of the season with 13 total tackles and three tackles for a loss equaling six yards. Grase has started every game this season and is fourth on the team in total tackles with 34.

McIlwain, a sophomore, received the NCTDC Newberry College special teams player of the month award. McIlwain was outstanding against Wingate this past weekend. He had a 34 yard return after an interception and capped off the night by returning a fumble recovery for 60 yards and a touchdown.

McIlwain also had a great game against Catawba on homecoming weekend by blocking two kicks and breaking up two passes. The underclassman has shown steady improvement this season by totaling 20 tackles, one less than he had last season.

The Newberry County Touchdown Club was formed in 1999 and has about 75 members. Featured speakers over the years have included Rich Rodriguez (Michigan), Bobby Johnnson (Vanderbilt) and Rick Stockstill (Middle Tennessee). Last night's speaker was ACC official and Wingate University president Dr. Jerry E. McGee.

For more information on future Touchdown Club meetings, contact Matt DeWitt ( or any other Touchdown Club board member.