Seven Wolves earn all-SAC football honors

Seven Wolves earn all-SAC football honors
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | by Gadson, Gamble, Arnold and Stretch named first team; Bostick, Davis and Morris on second team

ROCK HILL, S.C. - A total of seven Newberry College Wolves earned 2011 all-South Atlantic Conference football honors as released by the league office today.

Running back John Gadson (North Charleston, S.C.), center Chase Gamble (Dallas, N.C.), defensive tackle Arterio Arnold (Greenville, S.C.) and linebacker Apollo Stretch (Columbia, S.C.) were named to the first team.

Second team honorees from Newberry were wide receiver Brandon Bostick (Florence, S.C.), safety David Davis (Columbia, S.C.) and punter JoJo Morris (Lancaster, S.C.).

Gadson finished the season as Newberry's leading rusher and was seventh in the league in yards per game at 60.2 yards per game despite having his season shortened by injury. He had the sixth-longest rushing play in school history with an 81-yard touchdown carry against UNC Pembroke and had two 100-yard games (181 vs. Tusculum, 111 vs. UNC Pembroke).

Gamble started every game the last three seasons and was this year's starting center on an offensive line which finished the regular season ranked second in the country in sacks allowed at 0.5 per game, allowing just five sacks in the Wolves' 10 games.

Arnold had an outstanding season, making 38 tackles in nine games, including 11 stops vs. Mars Hill. He had six tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and two quarterback hurries. He also had a fumble return for a touchdown against North Greenville to count for the Wolves' first touchdown of the season.

Stretch finished as the conference leader in tackles per game at 10.5 stops per contest and 105 total tackles. He had eight tackles for loss and three sacks. He had double-digit tackle numbers in five of the 10 games, including 17 in the Bishops Trophy game at Lenoir-Rhyne. He averaged 11.1 stops in conference games.

Bostick finished his career near the top of the Newberry College record books in every receiving category with 136 receptions (fourth), 1,935 yards (third) and 19 touchdowns (second). Bostick had 35 catches for 439 yards and seven touchdowns this season, as well as nine carries for 58 yards and a touchdown. His eight touchdowns led the Wolves in scoring this season.

Davis was the conference leader in intereceptions, with three picks. He also finished 35th in the conference with 54 tackles (5.3 per game), and was sixth in total passes defended. He had a career day in the season finale vs. Brevard with 12 tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. He also recovered a fumble at Lenoir-Rhyne.

Morris is the first Newberry punter to earn all-SAC honors since Jeff Williams was a second team honoree in 2004. In nine games, Morris averaged 40.3 yards per punt, with a career-long 53-yarder in the win against Tusculum. On 56 total punts, he pinned opponents inside their 20-yardline 14 times, had four punts of 50 yards or more, had six touchbacks and seven fair catches. His 40.3 yard average is the sixth-best in school history.

The Wolves received seven honorees after a 4-6 overall season and 4-3 South Atlantic Conference record. Newberry tied for third place in the league with Wingate after being predicted to finish sixth in the annual preseason poll. Of Newberry's six losses, four were by a touchdown or less, with three by a field goal or less. Of Newberry's seven all-SAC honorees, five (Gadson, Arnold, Stretch, Davis and Morris) are slated to return for the 2012 season.

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