PITTSBURG, Kan. - A trio of Newberry College Wolves have been named to the Don Hansen's Football Gazette Division II All-America Teams, as announced by the publication today. Safety Ron Parker earned first team honors while center Matt Holmes and wide receiver David Pressley were named to the third team.
The Don Hansen Division II All-America 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.
The Don Hansen Football Committee selected All-Super Region teams in December and early January, with the first-team and second-team All-Super Region players advancing to the national ballot.
A total of 167 players earned some form of Don Hansen All-America honors. Players from 77 of the 150 football-playing schools in Division II earned Don Hansen All-America accolades. National Champion Minnesota Duluth and national semifinalist Northwest Missouri State led the way by placing nine players apiece on All-America squad.
All three of Newberry's honorees had been named to the all-Super Region Two first team earlier this month.
Parker, a senior from St. Helena Island, S.C., earns his ninth career All-American honor. Parker, who made four tackles in December's Cactus Bowl all-star game, has also been named a second team All-American by DAKTRONICS and a third team Little All-American by the Associated Press following the 2010 season. 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.
Holmes, a senior from Johnston, S.C., earns his first career All-American honor. 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.
Pressley, a senior from Anderson, S.C., earns his first career All-American honor. Pressley wrapped up a stellar career with a record-breaking season, also 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 11th nationally, and second in the league in receptions per game (8.6 catches per game), which ranked seventh nationally.
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