NEW YORK - Newberry College senior safety Ron Parker has been named a third team Little All-American by the Associated Press, it was announced this weekend.
Parker, a native of St. Helena Island, S.C., earns his eighth career All-American honor after earning second team All-American honors from Daktronics earlier this week. Parker, who was the 2009 South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, led the conference in interceptions and fumble recoveries while making 59 tackles in his senior season. Parker finished the regular season ranked 14th nationally in interceptions with 0.56 per game, and was one of fewer than 20 players at all levels of collegiate football to record eight takeaways this season, snagging five interceptions and recovering three fumbles. He had a career-best 16 tackles at Mars Hill and had a defensive takeaway in six of his nine games played, including two straight games with two takeaways and three straight games with a fumble recovery, including a 72-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Catawba.
The AP Little America team is selected from all levels of football below NCAA Division I (FBS and FCS).
Parker is only the second Newberry player to be named to the AP's Little All-American team since the institution joined NCAA Division II in 1992. Offensive tackle Heath Benedict was a first team Little All-American in 2007.
2010 Associated Press Little All-Americans
Quarterback - Eric Czerniewski, senior, 6-foot, 190 pounds, Central Missouri.
Running backs - Franklyn Quiteh, redshirt freshman, 5-10, 197, Bloomsburg; Phil Milbrath, senior, 5-9, 200, Michigan Tech.
Linemen - Brandon Fusco, senior, 6-5, 305, Slippery Rock; Cameron Bradfield, senior, 6-5, 295, Grand Valley State; Brett Grozinger, senior, 6-4, 285, Northwest Missouri State; Koby Parker, junior, 6-3, 320, Hardin-Simmons; Trevis Turner, junior, 6-7, 335, Abilene Christian.
Receivers - Fred Williams, senior, 6-0, 195, St. Cloud State; Jamorris Warren, senior, 6-1, 195, Central Missouri.
Tight end - Ryan Travis, senior, 6-3, 235, West Liberty.
All-purpose player - Cecil Shorts, senior, 6-2, 210, Mount Union.
Kicker - Steve Ivanisevic, senior, 5-11, 195, Washburn.
Linemen - Derrin Nettles, senior, 6-4, 304, Morehouse College; Marc Schiechl, senior, 6-3, 260, Colorado School of Mines; Malcolm Jenkins, senior, 6-5, 235, Elizabeth City State; Matt Hoffman, senior, 6-3, 215, Rowan.
Linebackers - Larry Dean, senior, 6-0, 216, Valdosta State; Matt Wenger, senior, 6-0, 225, North Central (Ill.); Kiel Fechtelkotter, senior, 6-0, 220, Minnesota-Duluth.
Backs - Ryan Jones, senior, 5-11, 195, Northwest Missouri State; Caleb Singleton, senior, 6-4, 215, Western Oregon; Henry Melendez, senior, 5-10, 200, Trinity, Conn.; Stevie Harden, senior, 5-8, 157, Valdosta State.
Punter - Ronnie Partridge, junior, 5-10, 183, Stillman.
Quarterback - Zach Amedro, senior, West Liberty.
Running backs - Levell Coppage, junior, Wisconsin-Whitewater; Isaac Odim, senior, Minnesota-Duluth.
Linemen - Amini Silatolu, junior, Midwestern State (Texas); Taylor Boggs, senior, Humboldt State; Michael Tribue, senior, Carson-Newman; Matt Weber, senior, Wisconsin-Whitewater; Kyle Thornton, senior, North Alabama.
Tight end - Josh Baker, senior, Northwest Missouri State.
Receivers - Edmund Gates, senior, Abilene Christian; Tyler Beiler, senior, Bridgewater, Va.
All-purpose player - Anthony Stewart, senior, Central Missouri.
Kicker - Gareth Rowlands, senior, Tusculum.
Linemen - Courtney Harris, senior, North Alabama; Chris Mayes, junior, Wesley; Daniel Webb, senior, Emporia State; Aston Whiteside, junior, Abilene Christian.
Linebackers - Travis Brisco, senior, Urbana; Kyle McGivney, junior, Luther; Nate Dreiling, redshirt freshman, Pittsburg State.
Backs - Craig Ray, senior, Indianapolis; Tillman Stevens, senior, Eastern New Mexico; Mike Langhurst, senior, Aurora; Keon Robinson, sophomore, Shepherd.
Punter - Jared Jenkins, senior, Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Quarterback - Ben McLaughlin, senior, Louisiana College.
Running backs - Jim Bower, senior, Marine Maritime; Jesse Lewis, junior, Colorado State-Pueblo.
Linemen - Chandler Rearden, junior, Lenoir-Rhyne; Quintin Borders, senior, Union, Ky.; Dustin Davis, senior, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Orion Matthies, senior, Nebraska-Kearney; Matt Desotell, senior, Michigan Tech.
Tight end - Patrick Mengelkoch, senior, Wisconsin-Stout.
Receivers - Mike Preston, senior, Heidelberg; Joe Hasting, senior, Washburn.
All-purpose player - Stephan Nevllie, junior, Stonehill.
Kicker - Tyler Funk, senior, Carthage.
Linemen - Eddie Vallery, senior, Wittenberg; Seath Kimball, senior, Eastern Oregon; Brandon Williams, sophomore, Missouri Southern State; Maurice Harris, senior, Mars Hill.
Linebackers - Matt Freed, senior, East Stroudsburg; Tressor Baptiste, senior, Texas A&M-Kingsville; Will Hawkins, senior, Millsaps.
Backs - Garrett Williams, senior, Delta State; Jared Millikan, junior, Anderson, Ind.; Ron Parker, senior, Newberry; Jeremy Jones, junior, Wayne State.
Punter - Derek Jambon, junior, Arkansas-Monticello.