LIBERTY, Mo. - Newberry College safety Ron Parker has earned his fourth Preseason All-American honor prior to the 2010 season, as the defending South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year has been named to the D2Football.com Preseason All-American first team today.
Parker, a native of St. Helena Island, S.C., was also named to the Lindy's, Sporting News and Consensus Draft Services Preseason All-American first teams earlier this summer.
Parker was named to three postseason All-American teams following a stellar junior campaign in 2009. He led Newberry and was second in the SAC with 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 the game-winning touchdown at Wingate.
He was named a first team All-American by Don Hansen's Football Gazette and a second team All-American by DAKTRONICS and D2Football.com. He was a first team all-Super Region Two selection by DAKTRONICS and was a first team all-South Atlantic Conference player. He was named an all-South Carolina player by The State newspaper and the Orangeburg Touchdown Club.
Newberry's season begins on September 4, when the Wolves welcome Livingstone College to Setzler Field for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.
QB - Blake Bolles, Northwest Missouri State Univ.
RB - Isaac Odim, Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth
RB - Jonas Randolph, Mars Hill College
WR - Jake Soy, Northwest Missouri State Univ.
WR - Thomas Mayo, Concord Univ. (W. Va.)
TE - Ryan Travis, West Liberty (W. Va.) Univ.
OL - David Mims, Virginia Union Univ.
OL - Cameron Bradfield, Grand Valley State Univ.
OL - Trevis Turner, Abilene Christian Univ.
OL - Brett Grozinger, Northwest Missouri State Univ.
OL - Brandon Fusco, Slippery Rock (Pa.) Univ.
DL - Cedric Thornton, Southern Arkansas Univ.
DL - Danny Richard, Grand Valley State Univ.
DL - Xavier Brown, Long Island Univ. - C.W. Post
DL - Aston Whiteside, Abilene Christian Univ.
LB - Justin Victor, Grand Valley State Univ.
LB - Robbie Aurich, Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth
LB - Matt Freed, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Univ.
DB - Pierre Desir, Washburn Univ.
DB - Ron Parker, Newberry College
DB - Mario Russell, Carson-Newman College
DB - Ryan Jones, Northwest Missouri State Univ.
All-Purpose - Deante Steel, Shepherd (W. Va.) Univ.
K - Greg Zuerlein, Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha
P - Kevin Berg, Chadron State College
Second team available at http://www.d2football.com/allamericans/15/