LIBERTY, Mo. - Newberry College senior safety Ron Parker has been named a first team All-American by D2Football.com, as announced by the website this morning. The honor marks the 10th career All-American honor for Parker.
Parker, a senior from St. Helena Island, S.C., is one of the most honored players in Newberry College football history. He 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 his 2010 season. He earned preseason All-American honors from Lindy's, The Sporting News and Consensus Draft Services prior to the season.
In 2010, Parker led the South Atlantic Conference in interceptions and fumble recoveries and made 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, 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.
In addition to his four postseason All-American honors, Parker was named first team all-Super Region Two by Don Hansen's Football Gazette and Daktronics and played in the 2011 Cactus Bowl all-star game, where he made four tackles. He was also named first team all-South Atlantic Conference and earned all-South Carolina honors from the Orangeburg Touchdown Club.
In 2009, Parker 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. The 2009 South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year 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.
Record-setting Central Missouri quarterback Eric Czerniewski and Northwest Missouri defensive back Ryan Jones highlight the 100 players named to the 2010 D2Football.com All-America Team.
A total of 61 institutions had players selected to the team, with National Champion Minnesota-Duluth and their semifinal victim Northwest Missouri leading with five selections each. Central Missouri led the way with three first-team selections.
Czerniewski, the 2010 Harlon Hill winner, was chosen as the Offensive Player of the Year. Jones was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Bob Nielson, coach of National Champion Minnesota Duluth, is the Coach of the Year.
The D2Football.com All-America Team was selected by our staff with input from coaches and sports information directors from around the country.
D2Football.com has named an All-America Team since its inception in 2000.