Holmes, Parker named All-South Carolina by Orangeburg Touchdown Club


Holmes, Parker named All-South Carolina by Orangeburg Touchdown Club
Friday, January 28, 2011 | by Duo earn all-state honors for second straight season

ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Newberry College center Matt Holmes and safety Ron Parker have been named to the Orangeburg Touchdown Club's All-South Carolina team for the 2010 season, it was announced in the Orangeburg Times and Democrat today. This is the second consecutive season both Holmes and Parker have earned all-state honors from the organization.

The duo will be honored at the Orangeburg Touchdown Club's year-end banquet tonight at 5:30 at The Cinema in Orangeburg. Tickets for the event are $30 and can be purchased at the door or by contacting the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce (803-534-6821), S.C. State Ticket Office (803-536-8579) or Centric Promotions (803-531-8503).

Holmes, a center from Johnston, S.C., earned his first career All-American honor earlier this week from Don Hansen's Football Gazette, as he was named to the third team. 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 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 safety from St. Helena Island, S.C., is a nine-time All-American and has earned three postseason All-America awards thus far for his 2010 performance. Parker, who made four tackles in December's Cactus Bowl all-star game, was named a first team All-American by Don Hansen's Football Gazette, 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.

Orangeburg Touchdown Club All-State Team

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACK
Zack MacDowall, Senior, 6-2, 200 lbs. (Coastal Carolina)

RUNNING BACKS
Eric Breitenstien, Sophomore, 5-11, 225 (Wofford)
Trandon Dendy, Senior, 5-9, 215 (Presbyterian)

OFFENSIVE LINE
Johnny Culbreath, Senior, 6-5, 300 (S.C. State)
Josh Harrison, Senior, 6-4, 300 (S.C. State)
Pat Illig, Senior, 6-5, 320 (Wofford)
Clark Bishop, Senior, 6-2, 288 (Wofford)
Matt Holmes, Senior, 6-2, 300 (Newberry)

WIDE RECEIVERS
Lennel Elmore, Sophomore, 5-9, 160 (S.C. State)
Adam Mims, Senior, 5-9, 193 (Furman)
Gerald Stevenson, Senior, 5-10, 170 (Charleston Southern)

TIGHT ENDS
Antuanne Kerr, Junior, 6-3, 250 (S.C. State)
David Duran, Junior, 6-5, 240 (Coastal Carolina)

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Ameet Pall, Junior, 6-1, 245 (Wofford)
Eric Clanton, Senior, 6-3, 238 (The Citadel)
Pat Washington, Junior, 6-0, 255 (S.C. State)

LINEBACKERS
David Erby, Senior, 5-11, 240 (S.C. State)
Andrae Jacobs, 5-11, 245 (Coastal Carolina)
Kadarron Anderson, Junior, 6-1, 240 (Furman)
Chris Patrick, Senior, 6-0, 218 (Charleston Southern)
Damien Wright, Graduate Student, 6-0, 220 (North Greenville)

DEFENSIVE BACKS
Marquez Gibson, Senior, 6-1, 185 (Benedict)
Ron Parker, Senior, 6-1, 210 (Newberry)
Dominic Davenport, Senior, 5-11, 210 (Coastal Carolina)
Josh Norman, Junior, 6-1, 190 (Coastal Carolina)
Ryan Steed, Junior, 5-11, 187 (Furman)
Charles James, Sophomore, 5-11, 175 (Charleston Southern)

SPECIAL TEAMS

PLACEKICKER
Blake Erickson, Junior, 5-9, 170 (S.C. State)

PUNTER
Patrick Margano, Sophomore, 6-2, 205 (Presbyterian)

RETURN SPECIALIST
Gerald Stevenson, Senior, 5-10, 170 (Charleston Southern)