Wolves lead league with 10 preseason all-SAC picks, chosen fourth in coaches' poll

Wolves lead league with 10 preseason all-SAC picks, chosen fourth in coaches' poll
Thursday, July 22, 2010 | by Bostick, Holmes and Parker named first team preseason all-conference for Newberry

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Newberry College leads the way on the 2010 Preseason All-South Atlantic Conference football team, which was released by the league office today. The Wolves have a conference-best 10 selections, with three players on the first team and seven on the second team. The Wolves are predicted to finish fourth in conference play according to the annual coaches' poll, which was also released today.

Wide receiver Brandon Bostick, center Matt Holmes and safety Ron Parker earned first team nods, while wide receiver David Pressley, tackle Chase Gamble, tackle Ben Inabinet, defensive end Derrell Kinard, linebacker R.J. Reeder, linebacker Josh Williams and cornerback Kamaal McIlwain were all named to the second team. Newberry's 10 preseason all-conference picks ranks the Wolves just ahead of league favorite Carson-Newman and Tusculum, which each had nine selections.

Bostick, a junior from Florence, S.C., earns first team preseason all-SAC honors after catching 33 passes for 458 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore in 2009. He had a pair of 100-yard receiving games last year, with six receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown at Catawba and nine receptions for 158 yards at Wingate. His 3.3 receptions per game tied for 11th in the SAC and his 45.8 receiving yards per game ranked him 13th in the conference. For his career, Bostick has made 53 receptions for 657 yards and four touchdowns. He has three 100-yard receiving games in his career.

Holmes, a senior from Johnston, S.C., has been Newberry's starting center for the last two seasons and leads the team with 20 consecutive starts entering the 2010 campaign. In 2009 he graded out at 90% for the season with 55 pancake blocks in 10 games and no sacks allowed. He was the anchor of the "Roach Patrol" offensive line that 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). Holmes earns preseason first team all-SAC honors for the second straight season and was a 2009 postseason first team all-conference honoree. He was named second team all-Super Region Two by DAKTRONICS, third team all-Super Region Two by Don Hansen's Football Gazette and was a regional semifinalist for the Gene Upshaw Award. He was named all-South Carolina by The State newspaper and the Orangeburg Touchdown Club. He has also been named to the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for the past three seasons.

Parker, a senior from St. Helena Island, S.C., adds yet another accolade to his already lengthy list of preseason awards, having already been named to three preseason All-American teams (Lindy's, The Sporting News, Consensus Draft Services). The defending South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year finished third in the league in tackles with 83 last season and led the conference in interceptions (6) and passes defended (13). His six interceptions tied him for 10th-most in Division II. In 2009, he was named a first team All-American by Don Hansen's Football Gazette, a second team All-American by D2Football.com and a second team All-American by DAKTRONICS. He was named all-South Carolina by The State newspaper and the Orangeburg Touchdown Club. In two seasons, Parker has made a total of 119 tackles.

The trio of first team selections will be joined by seven second team players, with three players on the offensive side of the ball and four defensive players.

Pressley, a senior from Anderson, S.C., earns his first all-conference award after catching 29 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns in 2009. He started off last season on a hot streak with consecutive 10 reception games, earning 103 yards at Valdosta State and 149 yards at Austin Peay. Gamble, a junior from Dallas, N.C., started all 10 games of the 2009 season at right tackle and Inabinet, a junior from Columbia, S.C., earned nine starts at left tackle last year. With the two juniors' selection to the team, three of the five starting offensive line positions have earned all-conference honors on a line which returns every player from last season.

Kinard, a senior from Boiling Springs, S.C., started three games last season and was the team leader in sacks. He had a stellar game at Carson-Newman, recording five tackles and recovering a fumble. Another player who had an outstanding game at Carson-Newman was Williams, a senior from Duncan, S.C. Williams ranked third on the team and in the top 50 in the SAC in tackles with 49, including 17 against the Eagles, which was the most by any SAC player in a single game in 2009.

Reeder, a senior from Spartanburg, S.C., started every game at outside linebacker last year after switching from safety and finished fourth on the team in tackles with 43 stops, with 4.5 tackles for a loss. McIlwain, a senior from Van Wyck, S.C., was a second team all-SAC defensive back in 2009 and is once again on the second team to begin 2010. He made a crucial interception in the season-opening win at Valdosta State and his 11 passes defended ranked second on the team behind Parker. He blocked kicks in back-to-back weeks against Mars Hill and Wingate and finished the season with 18 tackles.

The Wolves are picked to finish fourth in the conference this season, earning 42 points in the coaches' poll, just behind Mars Hill in third place with 44 points. Carson-Newman received 58 points with five first place votes and is the pick to repeat as conference champions. Wingate is in second with 51 points and two first place votes. Lenoir-Rhyne received the other first place vote, but is picked sixth in the poll.

Newberry was picked to finish sixth last season, but finished in a tie for third in the first season under head coach Todd Knight. Newberry tied for the league championship in 2008 after a second place prediction.

The Wolves start their season on Saturday, September 4, with a home game against Livingstone College. Kickoff at Setzler Field is set for 6:30 p.m.

2010 South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Football Coaches Poll

1. Carson-Newman (5) 58
2. Wingate (2) 51
3. Mars Hill 44
4. Newberry 42
5. Tusculum 33
6. Lenoir-Rhyne (1) 28
7. Catawba 17
8. Brevard 15

2010 South Atlantic Conference
Preseason All-Conference Teams

First Team

QB - Bo Cordell, Tusculum
RB - Nate Inman, Carson-Newman
RB - Jonas Randolph, Mars Hill
RB - Vince Jordan, Wingate
WR - Brandon Bunn, Catawba
WR - Brandon Bostick, Newberry
WR - Delric Ellington, Wingate
TE - Devan Pointer, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL - Michael Tribue, Carson-Newman
OL - Kevin Day, Carson-Newman
OL - Chandler Rearden, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL - Matt Holmes, Newberry
OL - Hannibal Ruiz, Tusculum
K - Gareth Rowlands, Tusculum
LS - Skyler West, Tusculum

DL - Zeke Andrews, Carson-Newman
DL - Brandon Sutton, Catawba
DL - Maurice Harris, Mars Hill
DL - Marzarius Samon, Mars Hill
LB - Prince Simunyu, Brevard
LB - Cory Johnson, Catawba
LB - Lakeem Perry, Catawba
LB - Josh Baker, Mars Hill
DB - Michael Gist, Brevard
DB - Mario Russell, Carson-Newman
DB - Marcus Shuford, Lenoir-Rhyne
DB - Ron Parker, Newberry
P - Chris Jones, Carson-Newman
RS - Perry Floyd, Wingate

Second Team

QB - Cody Haffly, Wingate
RB - Neville Bryce, Brevard
RB - Byron Darby, Lenoir-Rhyne
RB - Andrew Courman, Lenoir-Rhyne
WR - Doug Belk, Carson-Newman
WR - David Pressley, Newberry
WR - Calvin Britt, Tusculum
WR - Rashaad Carter, Tusculum
TE - Grayson Burns, Catawba
OL - Darrell Neely, Brevard
OL - Zane Gibson, Catawba
OL - Chase Gamble, Newberry
OL - Ben Inabinet, Newberry

OL - Mike Arndt, Wingate
K - Carlos Lopez, Carson-Newman
LS - D.J. Davis, Catawba

DL - Qua Jackson, Carson-Newman
DL - Nelson Bullard, Lenoir-Rhyne
DL - Derrell Kinard, Newberry
DL - Jermaine Jennings, Tusculum
LB - Richard Walker, Lenoir-Rhyne
LB - R.J. Reeder, Newberry
LB - Josh Williams, Newberry

LB - Zachary Norman, Tusculum
DB - Jumal Rolle, Catawba
DB - Carl Brooks, Lenoir-Rhyne
DB - Kamaal McIlwain, Newberry
DB - Robert Fletcher, Wingate
P - Eric Watts, Brevard
RS - Deonte' Gist, Tusculum