BROOKFIELD, Ill. - Three Newberry College football players have been named to the all-Super Region II first team by Don Hansen's Football Gazette. Center Matt Holmes, safety Ron Parker and wide receiver David Pressley each earned the honor.
The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen's Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.
The first team and second team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2010 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team will be named later this month.
Holmes, a senior from Johnston, S.C., earns his second all-region honor of the season. He anchored an offensive line which allowed only 12 sacks in 365 pass dropbacks this season. The 12 sacks were the fewest allowed by a SAC team this year. Holmes also earned all-region honors from DAKTRONICS in 2009 and 2010. He is a three-time all-SAC honoree, making the second team in 2008 and the first team in 2009 and 2010. He was a national semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's Campbell Trophy, one of only 12 Division II players to earn the honor and the only player from the SAC and Super Region Two. He was named all-South Carolina by The State and the Orangeburg Touchdown Club in 2009. The Gene Upshaw Award nominee completed his Newberry career with an impressive string of 30 consecutive starts.
Parker, a senior from St. Helena Island, S.C., adds yet another all-region honor to an already impressive string of accolades in his career. Parker, who made four tackles in last week's Cactus Bowl all-star game, has already been named a second team All-American by DAKTRONICS and a third team Little All-American by the Associated Press. He has earned a total of eight All-American honors and will be eligible for a ninth. In 2010, Parker led the South Atlantic Conference in interceptions and fumble recoveries and making 59 tackles. 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.
Pressley, a senior from Anderson, S.C., earns his second all-region honor after being named a second team all-region player by DAKTRONICS. Pressley wrapped up a stellar career with a record-breaking season, earning all-region and all-SAC honors for the first time in his career. Pressley established new school records for receptions (86 catches) and receiving yardage (1,117 yards), becoming the first Newberry player to record over 1,000 receiving yards in a season. He had 11 receiving touchdowns - the second most in a Newberry season - and 12 total touchdowns. He ranks second in Newberry history in career receptions (148 catches) and receiving touchdowns (17 receiving touchdowns) and fifth in career receiving yardage (1,860 yards). He had seven games with over 100 receiving yards this season and four games with over 150 receiving yards, including a career-high 183 yards in the season finale against Wingate. He finished the regular season leading the conference in receiving yards per game (111.7 yards), which ranked ninth nationally, and second in the league in receptions per game (8.6 catches per game), which ranked sixth nationally.