Four Newberry players to participate in East Coast Bowl this weekend


Four Newberry players to participate in East Coast Bowl this weekend
Monday, November 23, 2009 | by Gantt, Moyd, Nelums and Smith will represent Newberry in Petersburg, Va.

PETERSBURG, Va. - Newberry College will have four football players on the roster for East Coast Bowl IX in Petersburg, Va., this Saturday. Brandon Gantt, Andre Moyd, Marcus Nelums and David Smith will be on the South squad at Cameron Field for the noon kickoff.

The East Coast Bowl is an annual college football All-Star game that features the most elite Division I-FCS, II, III and NAIA college football players from across the Mid-Atlantic region. The game is held every year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving and is sponsored by the City of Petersburg and the National Football Foundation. All proceeds derived from the game are used to award scholarships to high school students from the Tri-Cities area that intend on playing football at a Division II or III institution.

Gantt, a senior quarterback from Lexington, was a second team all-South Atlantic Conference selection. He finished the season second in the SAC in total offense with 2,324 passing yards and 287 rushing yards for a total of 2,611 offensive yards. He is only the fourth player in Newberry history to have 2,500 or more yards of total offense in a season and had the third best season in that category in school history. A two-time ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, Gantt ended his career with 4,484 yards of total offense, which ranks fifth in Newberry history and his 3,716 passing yards are fourth best in the school's history. He also accounted for 22 touchdowns this season and earned SAC Offensive Player of the Week on three occasions.

Moyd, a senior linebacker/defensive back from Andrews, was a first team all-SAC honoree at linebacker. He was Newberry's second leading tackler with 51 tackles after moving to linebacker from cornerback this season. He ranked in the top 25 in the conference in stops and recovered three fumbles, which tied for second in the league. He also forced two fumbles this season.

Nelums, a senior defensive end/linebacker from Columbia, finished his senior campaign with 31 total tackles with two sacks and three tackles for a loss. He also had one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Smith, a senior wide receiver from Union, was a first team all-SAC honoree and finished the season with 46 catches for 648 yards and four touchdowns. His average of 4.60 catches per game was fifth best in the conference and his 64.8 receiving yards per game ranked second in the league.

Newberry has a history of sending players to Petersburg for the East Coast Bowl. Running back Alex Haynes was a 2007 participant, while Terrance Leverett, James Canetti and Mazzie Drummond played in 2005. Jeff Williams and Jonathan Lyles were 2004 participants.

Tickets for the game are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. For more information on the East Coast Bowl, please visit http://ecb.petersburgsports.com.