NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College's Matt Holmes and Ron Parker have been named to the 2009 Daktronics All-Super Region Two First Team, while cornerback Antonio Patton earned second team all-region honors, it was announced today. Holmes and Parker are now eligible for All-American status.
Holmes, a junior center from Johnston, was a 2009 first team all-South Atlantic Conference honoree after earning second team all-SAC honors as a sophomore. He has started 20 consecutive games at center for Newberry and graded out at 90% for the season. He had 55 pancake blocks in 10 games and allowed no sacks. The "Roach Patrol" offensive line unit allowed only 11 sacks in 337 passing attempts and ranked 22nd nationally in sacks allowed. The team averaged 30.6 pass attempts for every sack allowed and ranked second in the conference and 32nd in the nation in total offense (410.1 yards per game).
Parker, a junior safety from St. Helena Island, is the 2009 South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year as well as a first team all-SAC honoree. He was Newberry's leading tackler and had the second most tackles in the conference at 8.3 stops per game. He led the SAC in interceptions with six picks and added seven pass breakups for a total of 13 passes defended, which was second most in the SAC. He tied for 11th in Division II in interceptions and tied for 68th in Division II in tackles per game. He also forced two fumbles and made 5.5 tackles for loss and was named the SAC Defensive Player of the Week after returning an interception for game-winning touchdown at Wingate.
Patton, a senior cornerback from Woodruff, made 24 tackles this season and ranked second on the team in interceptions with four picks, also breaking up four passes. He also returned 22 punts for 279 yards, including a 73-yarder at Wingate. He averaged 12.7 yards per return.
Arkansas Tech quarterback Nick Graziano and North Alabama linebacker Michael Johnson were named the Region Players of the Year on offense and defense. Regional finalist North Alabama led the selections with nine total honorees, including five first-teamers. Fellow regional finalists Carson-Newman had five total selections, as did playoff teams Arkansas Tech and West Alabama.
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