ROCK HILL - The annual preseason all-South Atlantic Conference football teams were announced by the conference office Tuesday, with eight Newberry Wolves earning preseason all-conference accolades.
Wide receiver Corey Washington (North Charleston, S.C.), defensive lineman Letavious Williams (Ware Shoals, S.C.) and long snapper Austin Crook (West Union, S.C.) were named first team preseason all-SAC, while quarterback W.T. Murden (West Columbia, S.C.), wide receiver Jason Livingston (Conway, S.C.), offensive lineman Jamal Ellis (Pelzer, S.C.), linebacker B.J. Mazyck (Ridgeville, S.C.) and defensive back David Davis (Columbia, S.C.) were named to the second team.
Washington was named third team preseason All-American by the USA Football Network on Monday. He was first team all-SAC in 2012 after finishing the season with 51 receptions for 776 yards and nine touchdowns, ranking sixth in the league in receiving yards per game. His 776 yards and nine touchdowns rank fifth in a single season at Newberry, with the 51 receptions the ninth-most in the school's history. He had three games with over 100 yards receiving and also completed his only pass attempt of the season for a 36-yard touchdown.
Williams earned honorable mention preseason All-America honors from the USA Football Network on Monday and jumps to first team preseason all-SAC after second team honors following the 2012 season. He tied for eighth in the league with 7.5 tackles for loss of 45 yards and also had three sacks. He had a total of 24 tackles on the season.
Crook enters his third season as the Wolves' long snapper and earns his first conference honor. Newberry has had only one punt blocked during Crook's tenure and he snapped to last year's second team all-SAC punter.
Murden will enter his second season as Newberry's full-time starting quarterback after a fantastic sophomore season. He already ranks in the school's top 10 in all career passing categories and had the third-most passing yards in a season in school history last year, as he completed 196-of-322 passes for 2,334 yards and 20 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. He was also the Wolves' second-leading rusher with 68 carries for 270 yards and was sacked only nine times in 10 games. Murden ranks second in school history with five games of 250 yards or more passing, including four last season. He had the SAC's third best completion rate (60.9%) and ranked fourth in completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns.
Livingston caught 44 receptions last season for 514 yards and six touchdowns. He ranked in the top 10 in the conference in all receiving categories. Livingston has also been one of Newberry's leading return men the last two seasons. For his career, he has caught 75 passes for 905 yards and eight touchdowns.
Ellis earns his first preseason all-SAC honor after starting in eight games over the last two seasons. The Wolves' offensive line has become known for excellent pass protection in Ellis' tenure and he is expected to lead an offensive line which returns four starters from the end of last season.
Mazyck earns his first conference and is expected to emerge as a leader in the linebacking corps this season. He ranked fifth on the team last year with 46 tackles, five tackles for loss, one quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery. He had a season high of nine tackles in the win over eventual national quarterfinalist Carson-Newman.
Davis rounds out the preseason all-SAC listing from his safety position. He had 40 tackles last year, with seven pass breakups and an interception at Tusculum. Over his three seasons in the scarlet and gray, Davis has tallied 106 tackles and four interceptions.
The Wolves begin preseason practice for their 100th season Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. in preparation for the season opener on September 7 at Elizabeth City State. The home opener is on September 14 at 1 p.m. against Florida Tech.
2013 Preseason All-South Atlantic Conference Football Teams
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB - Bo Cordell, Tusculum &
RB - Brandon Baker, Carson-Newman *#
RB - Jarrod Spears, Lenoir-Rhyne *
RB - Shaikel Davis, Mars Hill *
WR - Dimitri Holmes, Mars Hill *%
WR - Corey Washington, Newberry *
WR - Duenta Jennings, Mars Hill ^
TE - Mark Clyburn, Wingate ^
OL - Nick Allison, Mars Hill *%
OL - Alex Taylor, Carson-Newman ^%
OL - Andrew Velazquez, Brevard ^
OL - Parker Murray, Lenoir-Rhyne ^
OL - Robby Ignani, Carson-Newman
K - Curt Duncan, Carson-Newman *
RS - LJ McCray, Catawba *&
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL - Troy Harris, Mars Hill *
DL - Jacob Hanes, Catawba ^
DL - Letavious Williams, Newberry ^
DL - Nick Napolitano, Wingate ^
LB - Tanner Botts, Lenoir-Rhyne *
LB - Michael Gruber, Brevard *
LB - Brian Alexander, Tusculum ^
LB - Jasper Mason, Mars Hill
DB - Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne *$
DB - Myer Nolan, Lenoir-Rhyne *
DB - Timmy Rogers, Wingate ^
DB - LJ McCray, Catawba *
LS - Austin Crook, Newberry
P - Chad Hollandsworth, Catawba
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB - W.T. Murden, Newberry
RB - Isaiah Whitaker, Lenoir-Rhyne ^%
RB - Tyrone Douglas, Carson-Newman ^
RB - Graham Duncan, Lenoir-Rhyne
WR - Nate Charest, Catawba
WR - Jason Livingston, Newberry
WR - Justin Houston, Tusculum
TE - Wesley Powell, Tusculum
OL - Lucas Mathis, Carson-Newman
OL - Zack Bunn, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL - Jamal Ellis, Newberry
OL - David Davis, Tusculum
OL - Mike Miller, Wingate
K - Zach Neumann, Lenoir-Rhyne ^
RS - Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne ^%
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL - Damein Lee, Catawba ^
DL - Javaris Neal, Carson-Newman
DL - B.J. Woodley, Lenoir-Rhyne
DL - Rommie Fairchild, Brevard
LB - Jaycob Coleman, Carson-Newman
LB - Jason Taylor, Catawba
LB - Billy Muscatello, Brevard
LB - B.J. Mazyck, Newberry
DB - Sean Rawson, Carson-Newman
DB - David Davis, Newberry
DB - Kaytron Becton, Tusculum
DB - Jakeem Polk, Wingate
LS - Chase Lewis, Brevard
P - Austin Anthony, Wingate
* - 2012 All-SAC First Team
^ - 2012 All-SAC Second Team
$ - 2011 All-SAC First Team
% - 2011 All-SAC Second Team
& - 2010 All-SAC First Team
# - 2010 All-SAC Second Team