October 11, 20141st2nd3rd4thFinal
Newberry770014
Tusculum3001316
Scoring
1st Quarter
NBYTD09:35Elmore 5 Yd Run (Clark kick)
TCFG01:36Cornelius 30 Yd
2nd Quarter
NBYTD10:30Booker (Clark kick)
4th Quarter
TCTD08:01Smith 1 Yd Run (Cornelius kick)
TCTD04:33Smith 1 Yd Run
Stats at a GlanceNBYTC
1st Downs1611
3rd Down Conversions5-184-18
4th Down Conversions0-11-2
Passing (Comp-Att)50 (5-13) 116 (12-25)
Rushing (Att)194 (61) 86 (43)
Total Yards244202
Penalties7-6610-108
Turnovers34
Fumbles Lost23
Interceptions11
Possession34:2625:34
Wolves head to Tusculum with chance to get back to .500


Wolves head to Tusculum with chance to get back to .500
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY – After a solid defensive performance in the 33-10 win over Wingate, the Newberry College Wolves will look to continue their hot play against a scuffling Tusculum Pioneer team.

WHO: Newberry College at Tusculum College
WHERE: Pioneer Field on the campus of Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn.
WHEN: 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 11
RECORDS: Newberry is 2-3 overall and 1-2 in South Atlantic Conference action. Tusculum is 1-4 overall and 0-2 in SAC play.
LIVE AUDIO: http://www.NewberryWolves.tv, WKDK-AM 1240 in Newberry County
LIVE VIDEO and STATS: http://www.TusculumPioneers.com

THE GAME

• Newberry College is in its 101st season of intercollegiate football.

• Today’s game marks the 986th game in school history, with Newberry carrying an all-time record of 407-542-36 (.431)

• Neither team is receiving votes or ranked in either the AFCA or D2Football polls.

COMMON OPPONENTS
• The teams share their South Atlantic Conference slate, UNC Pembroke and North Greenville as common opponents.

Opponent

Newberry

Tusculum

Brevard

Nov. 1 - A

Nov. 6 - H

Carson-Newman

Nov. 8 - H

Oct. 18 - H

Catawba

L (2OT) 34-37 (H)

L 21-51 (A)

Lenoir-Rhyne

Oct. 18 - H

L 9-47 (A)

Mars Hill

L 29-38 (A)

Nov. 15 - A

North Greenville

Nov. 15 - A

L 35-38 (H)

Wingate

W 33-10 (H)

Oct. 25 - A

UNC Pembroke

Oct. 25 - A

Nov. 1 - H

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TUSCULUM SERIES

• This game is the 17th meeting between the Wolves and the Pioneers.

• The series is tied at 8-8 all-time.

• Newberry has won the last four meetings against the Pioneers, including the last two games in Greeneville.

• The Wolves are 5-3 all-time in Greeneville.

 

THE COACHES

NEWBERRY:  Todd Knight (Gardner-Webb, 1989) is in his sixth season as Newberry’s head coach. He has a 30-28 record and a record of 5-3 against teams ranked in the AFCA Divsion II Top 25. He has an 19-18 record against the South Atlantic Conference. In 2009, Knight led Newberry to a 6-4 record and became the first Newberry head coach to record a winning record in his inaugural season since Reed Charpia in 1978. In 2010, Knight led Newberry to a 4-6 record, as well as the 2011 season. The Wolves went 5-6 overall in the 2012 season and achieved a ranking as high as No. 25 nationally. In 2013, he led the Wolves to a 9-3 overall record, making the school’s second appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs. Newberry finished the season ranked No. 23 nationally. Knight is 4-1 all-time against Tusculum.

 

TUSCULUM: Frankie DeBusk (Furman, 1991) is in his 17th season as a collegiate head coach and as the head coach of the Pioneers. He has an 87-92 (.486) overall record. He has an 8-8 record against Newberry.

 

UP NEXT: LENOIR-RHYNE

• Newberry returns to Setzler Field for Homecoming against its first ranked opponent of the season, as the No. 6 Lenoir-Rhyne Bears come to town.

• Kickoff on Saturday, October 18, is set for 4 p.m.

• L-R has a 43-30-7 lead in the all-time series between the two Lutheran rivals.

• The game is also the annual Battle for the Bishops Trophy.

• Newberry has lost the last three meetings against the Bears after a string of five straight wins.

 

HALL OF FAME BEHIND THE MIC

• Newberry College is extremely pleased to have one of the longest running media affiliations in the nation with hometown broadcaster WKDK-AM 1240

• WKDK has broadcast the scarlet and gray since the station’s inception in October 1946, marking the 68th year of Newberry football on the airwaves

•  Play-by-play man Jimmie Coggins is a 1974 graduate of Newberry College and is in his 32nd season of broadcasting the scarlet and gray

• Coggins is the longest tenured active broadcaster in the South Atlantic Conference, with 15 years more experience than his nearest competition (Brian Stayton, Tusculum, 17th season). Thanks to Tusculum SID Dom Donnelly for research

• Coggins was inducted into the Newberry College Athletic Hall of Fame in August 2013.

 

ROLL OVER THE ODOMETER

• Newberry quarterback W.T. Murden became just the fourth trigger man in school history to pass for over 5,000 yards in a career with his 174 yards at CSU.

• He now has 5,703 yards passing, moving up to second in school history.

• He ranks second in in TD passes, yardage and completions and third in attempts.

 

Career

Yardage

1.

Josh Stepp

(2004-06)

7,398

2.

W.T. Murden

(2011-pres.)

5,827

3.

Dustin Coats

(1997-2000)

5,678

4.

Jimmy Skipper

(1982-85)

5,390

5.

Brandon Gantt

(2007-09)

3,716

Attempts

1.

Josh Stepp

(2004-06)

975

2.

Dustin Coats

(1997-2000)

821

3.

W.T. Murden

(2011-pres.)

785

4.

Jimmy Skipper

(1982-85)

746

5.

Tim Singleton

(1989-90, 1992)

636

Completions

1.

Josh Stepp

(2004-06)

583

2.

W.T. Murden

(2011-pres.)

491

3.

Dustin Coats

(1997-2000)

412

4.

Jimmy Skipper

 (1982-85)

372

5.

Brandon Gantt

(2007-09)

321

Touchdowns

1.

Josh Stepp

(2004-06)

72

2.

W.T. Murden

(2011-pres.)

52

3.

Dustin Coats

(1997-2000)

47

4.

Jimmy Skipper

(1982-85)

34

5.

Bryan Ehrlich

(2009-11)

33

 

• Murden is also second in the career records in total offense, and has a chance to take over the all-time record. He would become one of just three QBs to rush for 1,000 yards in their career.

 

 

Career Total Offense Leaders

Rush

Pass

Total

1.

Josh Stepp, QB (2003-2006)

1,172

7,398

8,570

2.

W.T. Murden, QB (2011-pres.)

921

5,827

6,748

3.

Jimmy Skipper, QB (1982-1985)

514

5,390

5,904

4.

Dustin Coats, QB (1997-2000)

-87

5,678

5,591

5.

Tim Singleton, QB/WR (1989-1992)

1,413

3,665

5,078

 

HOMETOWN SCORER

• Jackson Swindler scored Newberry’s first touchdown of the season with his 62-yard score in the fourth quarter of the CSU game.

• He is the first player who is a native of Newberry to score a touchdown for Newberry College since Roderick Elkins returned an interception for the game winning touchdown at West Virginia Wesleyan on Sept. 23, 2000.

This is a span of 128 games

• The last Newberry local to score an offensive touchdown was Trokya Bates, who had a TD reception in the Nov. 14, 1998 Bronze Derby game, a 45-14 loss at Presbyterian.

This is a span of 143 games

• Newberry native Joseph Foster kicked four PATs in the blowout win over Limestone.

• Both players have an interesting Newberry connection, as Swindler is the son of recently retired City of Newberry police chief Jackie Swindler and Foster is the son of Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster.

 

ELMORE HITS A THOUSAND

• With three carries in the third quarter of the Limestone game, Newberry senior Dureal Elmore from Abbeville earned over 1,000 rushing yards for his career.

• With two more rushing touchdowns, Elmore would crack Newberry’s top 10 in career rushing scores. He currently has 11 touchdowns after his third quarter score against the Saints.

 

NEWBERRY IN THE NFL

• Three former Newberry College football players are on NFL rosters

• As expected, Kansas City cornerback Ron Parker made the Chiefs’ roster for the second straight season opener. He started the KC’s last two games at safety in the place of injured Pro Bowler Eric Berry.

• Parker ranks second on the Chiefs’ roster in tackles with 26. He led KC in tackles in their loss at Denver. He had seven stops in Sunday’s loss at the 49ers.

• Despite an injury late in the preseason, Brandon Bostick remained on the active roster for the Green Bay Packers. He made his 2014 debut in GB’s win over the Jets, playing on nine special teams plays.

• The feel-good story of the NFL this preseason was wide receiver Corey Washington, who caught four touchdown passes late in games for the New York Giants. In the regular season, he has yet to catch a pass, but has been fature in short field packages as well as special teams.

• These players tie Newberry for the second-most NFL players of any Division II school, behind only Grand Valley State with five. A trio of other Division II schools also have three NFL players – Saginaw Valley State, Washburn and West Texas A&M.

• Newberry’s three NFL players is all the more impressive considering its relatively small student body. Only one player in the NFL hails from a college smaller than Newberry - Baltimore Ravens’ wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who attended Lane College in Tennessee. Lane lists its attendance as 1,000.

 

Newberry in the NFL Week Six

Sunday, October 5

1 p.m. - Green Bay at Miami, Fox

8:30 p.m. - New York Giants at Philadelphia, NBC

Kansas City is idle

 

ELLIS JOINS PRO RANKS

• Former Newberry College All-American offensive lineman Jamal Ellis has been signed by the Arena Football League’s Arizona Rattlers, as announced by the team Thursday.

• Ellis was a D2Football.com second team All-American as a senior in 2013, starting every game at left guard for the Wolves in their 9-3 playoff season. He was also a first team all-South Atlantic Conference selection that season and participated in the Green Bay Packers’ rookie mini-camp.

• The Rattlers have won the last three ArenaBowls and had a 15-3 record in 2014 season. The AFL season will pick back up in the spring of 2015.

 

ALL-AROUND A.J.

• Senior outside linebacker A.J. Booker from Spartanburg has racked up a slew of varied awards in the last few weeks.

On Sept. 25, he was named a national semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments®

• Booker has excelled in his academic pursuits as well, currently holding a 3.66 grade point average in Newberry’s nursing program, with a minor in biology. He intends to go into the pediatric nursing field following his graduation from Newberry.

• He is a two-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, and is eligible for that honor once again this season. He has been on the Dean’s List for every semester he has been enrolled at Newberry, was a resident advisor and is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

• Booker has also served the football team as a captain this season and was recently inducted into the Order of the Gray Stripe - the football team’s honor council.

Booker earned AstroTurf SAC Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday, September 15.

• Booker had a pair of interceptions to set up scores in the Wolves’ record-breaking 70-20 win over Limestone on Saturday/Sunday. He is now the only player in the conference with multiple interceptions.

• He totaled three tackles in the game, including a 14-yard sack which push Limestone out of easy field goal range. The Saints would attempt a 39-yarder which was blocked.

• Booker is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree and was recently added to Newberry’s Order of the Gray Stripe.

 

I’M IN YOUR BACKFIELD, TACKLING YOUR DUDES

• Junior defensive end Alstevis Squirewell and junior linebacker Jordan McDonnell have been dominant forces this season, disrupting play in the backfield.

• Squirewell ranks sixth nationally and first in the South Atlantic Conference in tackles for a loss, with 10.5 through four games.

• McDonnell is second in the conference and 13th nationally with 9.5 tackles for loss.

 

Rank

Player

TTFL

TFLPG

1

Devin Benton, Southwestern Okla.

14.0

2.8

2

Evan Gentry, Sioux Falls

12.5

2.5

-

Justin Shirk, Bloomsburg

10.0

2.5

4

Nores Fradi, Wayne St. (Mich.)

11.5

2.3

5

Toni Pulu, Tex. A&M-Commerce

8.5

2.1

6

Anthony McDaniel, Bowie St.

10.5

2.1

-

Alstevis Squirewell, Newberry

10.5

2.1

-

Jeff Van Den Top, Wayne St. (Neb.)

10.5

2.1

9

Bre’Nard Williams, Clark Atlanta

10.0

2.0

-

Devin Gillespie, Truman

10.0

2.0

-

Jared Koster, N.M. Highlands

10.0

2.0

-

Marcus Martin, Slippery Rock

10.0

2.0

13

Kevin Chapple, Urbana

9.5

1.9

-

Taylor McDonnell, Newberry

9.5

1.9

 

OCT. 6 PLAYER OF THE WEEK DUO

• Newberry College linebacker Taylor McDonnell and return specialist Kevin Miller have been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Players of the Week on defense and special teams, as announced by the conference office Monday.

McDonnell (Bluffton, S.C.) led a phenomenal defensive effort in the Wolves’ 33-10 win over Wingate. The Wolves allowed only 3 points to the Bulldogs’ offense on 140 yards of offense and only 25 rushing yards.

• McDonnell had six tackles in the game, including three tackles for loss, half a sack and two quarterback hurries. He also posted Newberry’s first defensive score of the season, recovering a Wingate fumble in the endzone for a touchdown in the third quarter.

McDonnell currently ranks second on the team and in the conference with 9.5 tackles for loss on the year, ranking 12th nationally in that category.

Miller (Lexington, S.C.) has been spectacular in the return game all season and was excellent again against Wingate. He averaged 21.5 yards per punt return on two returns, matching his season average and bumping him up to third in the national rankings in that category. Miller is far and away the punt return leader in the conference, over 13 yards per return better than the second placer at that category currently.

• He also had an average of 19.2 yards per kickoff return and two carries for seven yards in the Wingate game.

 

IT’S MILLER TIME

Kevin Miller is standing out in his first season for the scarlet and gray, especially on punt returns.

• His efforts in the Wingate game were rewarded with SAC Player of the Week honors, and he currently ranks third in the nation and first in the SAC and Super Region II in punt return average.

 

Rank

Player

PR

Yds

Avg

1

Elby Pope, Mary

7

171

24.4

2

Jermeil Douse, Concord

8

181

22.6

3

Kevin Miller, Newberry

6

129

21.5

4

Stephan Dickens, Colo. St.-Pueblo

11

235

21.4

5

Austin Rieder, Minn. St. Mankato

9

168

18.7

6

Lawrence Elliott Jr., Bloomsburg

8

147

18.4

7

Randy Satterfield, West Ala.

5

90

18.0

8

CJ Davis, Shepherd

8

137

17.1

9

Gianni Olivas, Humboldt St.

9

151

16.8

10

Torie Wagner, Charleston (W. Va.)

12

197

16.4