SALISBURY, N.C. - Five Newberry College football players have been named to the Don Hansen's Football Gazette all-Super Region 2 teams, which were released today. Senior defensive end David Harris (Ninety Six, S.C.) earned first team honors, while two defensive players made second team and two offensive players made third team.
Harris, who was named to the Daktronics All-Super Region 2 second team in December, wrapped up his collegiate career with his first all-SAC honor. The senior defensive lineman made 34 total tackles, including 5.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks. He also recovered two fumbles with 63 return yards, including a 45-yard fumble return for a touchdown in his final game last weekend at Brevard.
Two Newberry defensive players earned second team honors in senior linebacker Will Newell (Irmo, S.C.) and sophomore cornerback Kamaal McIlwain (Fort Mill, S.C.).
Newell capped a spectacular career last month as he earned All-American honors from the American Football Coaches' Association, becoming only the third player in Newberry history to acheive that feat. He was also named to the South Carolina all-state team.
In 2008, Newell led Newberry in tackles for the third consecutive season, en route to South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors, as well as Daktronics All-Super Region 2 second team.
He finished his collegiate career with 338 total tackles, which is the fifth most in Newberry College history. He finished the 2008 season with 91 total tackles for an average of 9.1 stops per game. He recorded six tackles for loss and two sacks and forced two fumbles. He also registered five quarterback hurries, broke up three passes and snagged his first career interception on Homecoming night against Catawba. He was a defensive captain this season as the scarlet and gray claimed their second SAC Championship in the last three seasons.
Newell is only the second Newberry player to earn SAC Defensive Player of the Year honors, and the first since Charlie Coles in 1978, which was the league's fourth season of existence.
McIlwain, who also earned second team all-region honors on the Daktronics list, had one of the more eye-catching breakout seasons in recent memory by any SAC player. After making 21 tackles in 2007, McIlwain followed that up with 30 tackles in his sophomore campaign. He also recorded a solo sack from his cornerback position. He led the Newberry squad with three interceptions and eight pass breakups, for a total of 11 passes defended. He also snagged two fumble recoveries, and blocked two kicks - both of which came in the win over Catawba on Homecoming. He earned one Special Teams Player of the Week honor as well as one Defensive Player of the Week honor.
On the offensive side of the ball, junior wide receiver Kelton Tindal (Sumter, S.C.) and senior offensive tackle Marchent Faustin (Summerville, S.C.) earned third team honors from the Football Gazette.
Tindal finished his junior campaign with 39 receptions for 745 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 19.1 yard per catch and 74.5 yards per game. His 745 yards is the seventh best receiving year in Newberry history. He now has 1,461 career receiving yards, which places him sixth all-time for the scarlet and gray. He was also a Daktronics second team all-region honoree.
Faustin capped his career with his third straight season in which he earned an all-SAC honor. He finished his career with a total of 41 starts, including the last 37 consecutive games. He was also a Daktronics second team all-region honoree.
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