ROCK HILL, S.C. - Five Newberry College football players have been named to the 2011 preseason all-South Atlantic Conference team, as released by the conference office Thursday. Defensive lineman Arterio Arnold (Greenville, S.C.) led the way with first team honors.
Four players were named to the preseason all-SAC second team including wide receiver Brandon Bostick (Florence, S.C.), offensive lineman Chase Gamble (Dallas, N.C.), linebacker Apollo Stretch (Columbia, S.C.) and return specialist Max Elliott (Clover, S.C.).
Arnold, a rising junior, has already earned preseason second team All-American honors from Lindy's sports magazine in June. Arnold was a second team all-SAC selection after leading the conference in tackles for loss per game, with 1.4 stops behind the line of scrimmage per game. He had 72 total tackles in 2010, with 14 tackles for loss, three sacks and nine quarterback hurries. He notched a career-high 13 tackles against Carson-Newman.
Bostick, a rising senior, earns his second career preseason all-SAC honor after earning first team preseason all-SAC laurels in 2010. In 2010, he had 48 receptions for 839 yards and eight touchdowns. He earned SAC and national offensive player of the week honors in the win over Tusculum with 11 receptions for a school-, SAC- and state-record 322 yards and three touchdowns. He ranked fifth in the league with 93.2 receiving yards per game and eighth in the SAC with 5.33 receptions per game. He ranks seventh in Newberry history in receiving yardage with 1,496 yards and his 839 yards last season was the third best season in school history. He ranks eighth in school history with 101 career receptions and his 48 catches last year was the 10th best season in school history.
Gamble, a rising senior, will be a key to the Wolves' offense this year on the offensive line. He carries the team's longest stretch of consecutive starts into the 2011 season, starting every game in his sophomore and junior seasons at tackle. He is expected to compete for the starting center job and will challenge for Jacobs Blocking Trophy honors as the season goes on.
Stretch, a rising senior, was a second team all-SAC honoree in 2010 after leading the Wolves with 79 tackles, with his 7.9 tackles per game ranking seventh-most in the conference. He had three games with more than 10 tackles, including a career-high 14 tackles in the season finale against Wingate. He had eight tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and four quarterback hurries.
Elliott, a rising sophomore, earns second team preseason all-SAC honors after a spectacular season returning kicks as a freshman. Elliott's 809 kickoff return yards marked a Newberry College record by 57 yards, despite playing in only seven games. His average of 27.8 yards per return was third-best in the conference. His 86-yard return for a touchdown to open the Bishops Trophy game against Lenoir-Rhyne was the first recorded opening kickoff returned for a score in College history.
Carson-Newman College, picked to finish second in the South Atlantic Conference preseason football coaches' poll, leads the way with 11 student-athletes on the 2011 preseason All-Conference Team.
The Eagles also have a league-best six selections on the first-team, including running back Nate Inman, offensive linemen Kevin Day and Lucas Mathis, kicker Carlos Lopez, defensive lineman Zeke Andrews and defensive back Tarvin Jones.
Defending conference champion and preseason-favorite Wingate is second with nine honorees, including three first-team picks in wide receiver Chris Bowden, offensive lineman Mike Arndt and defensive back Robert Fletcher. 2010 SAC Coach of the Year Joe Reich led the Bulldogs to the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs last season, coming within two points of knocking off top-seeded Albany State in the regional semifinals.
Catawba comes in third with eight selections, including four on the first-team. All-American return specialist LJ McCray, who led the nation in kickoff returns a year ago, is on the first-team, as are 2010 SAC Defensive Freshman of the Year Damein Lee, linebacker Lakeem Perry and defensive back Jumal Rolle.
Tusculum, Lenoir-Rhyne and Brevard are tied for fourth with seven preseason selections each.
Led by 2010 SAC Offensive Player of the Year Bo Cordell, Tusculum has five first-team honorees. Cordell finished fourth in the national voting for the Harlon Hill Trophy last season, which recognizes the DII National Player of the Year. The All-American quarterback led the country in total offense, completions per game and points responsible for per game in 2010.
Joining Cordell on the first-team are receivers Deonte' Gist and Rashaad Carter, tight end Michael Rodriquez and long-snapper Skylar West.
Lenoir-Rhyne has four first-team picks, including 2010 consensus All-American offensive lineman Chandler Rearden. He is joined on the first-team by fellow offensive lineman Kaleb Myrick. L-R's defensive lineman Brandon Martin and linebacker Demetrius Green are also on the first team. The duo will anchor a unit that finished fourth in the nation last season in rushing defense.
Also with four first-team representatives is Brevard, including 2010 SAC Offensive Freshman of the Year Kelvin Jeter, who helped the Tornados boast the No. 3 rushing attack in Division II last year. Joining Jeter on the first-team are linebacker Prince Simunyu, defensive back Salonik Amos and punter Eric Watts. Watts was also recognized as a preseason All-Conference receiver on the second-team.
Mars Hill has four All-Conference selections, including two-time All American and SAC rushing champion Jonas Randolph. He is joined on the first-team by 2010 All-American linebacker Rudy Cabral, who was the league's leading tackler last season.
2011 South Atlantic Conference
Preseason All-Conference Football Teams
First Team Offense
Second Team Offense
QB - Bo Cordell, Tusculum
QB - Cody Haffly, Wingate
WR - Deonte' Gist, Tusculum
WR - Brandon Bostick, Newberry
WR - Rashaad Carter, Tusculum
WR - Eric Watts, Brevard
WR - Chris Bowden, Wingate
WR - Nick Stutts, Lenoir-Rhyne
RB - Kelvin Jeter, Brevard
RB - Vince Jordan, Wingate
RB - Jonas Randolph, Mars Hill
RB - Brandon Baker, Carson-Newman
RB - Nate Inman, Carson-Newman
RB - Josh Wright, Catawba
OL - Kevin Day, Carson-Newman
OL - Caleb Campbell, Brevard
OL - Chandler Rearden, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL - Tyler Hodgson, Mars Hill
OL - Kaleb Myrick, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL - Chase Gamble, Newberry
OL - Mike Arndt, Wingate
OL - Dustin Moorehead, Tusculum
OL - Lucas Mathis, Carson-Newman
OL - Austin Lowe, Wingate
TE - Michael Rodriquez, Tusculum
TE - Matt Cox, Carson-Newman
LS - Skylar West, Tusculum
LS - DJ Davis, Catawba
PK - Carlos Lopez, Carson-Newman
PK - Thomas Trexler, Catawba
First Team Defense
Second Team Defense
DL - Zeke Andrews, Carson-Newman
DL - Byron Bell, Carson-Newman
DL - Brandon Martin, Lenoir-Rhyne
DL -Nelson Bullard, Lenoir-Rhyne
DL - Damein Lee, Catawba
DL - Jack Taylor, Wingate
DL - Arterio Arnold, Newberry
DL - Terrence Smith, Tusculum
LB - Prince Simunyu, Brevard
LB - Ryan Helton, Carson-Newman
LB - Demetrius Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
LB - Apollo Stretch, Newberry
LB - Rudy Cabral, Mars Hill
LB - Cory Johnson, Catawba
LB - Lakeem Perry, Catawba
LB - Jared Seate, Wingate
DB - Jumal Rolle, Catawba
DB - Michael Gist, Brevard
DB - Salonik Amos, Brevard
DB - Oliver Davis, Carson-Newman
DB - Tarvin Jones, Carson-Newman
DB - Jamont Jones, Lenoir-Rhyne
DB - Robert Fletcher, Wingate
DB - Justin Squirewell, Wingate
P - Eric Watts, Brevard
P - BJ Richmond, Mars Hill
RS - LJ McCray, Catawba
RS - Max Elliott, Newberry