Four Wolves earn D2CCA All-Region honors


Four Wolves earn D2CCA All-Region honors
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY - Following a fantastic playoff run, four Newberry Wolves have earned all-Super Region II honors from the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association, as announced Tuesday.

Punter Kyle Clark, defensive lineman Alstevis Squirewell and linebacker Taylor McDonnell have earned first team honors and advance to the All-America ballot. Offensive lineman Landon Martin is a second team honoree.

Clark, a senior from Beaufort, earns his third consecutive all-region honor after being named to the second team in 2013 and 2014. The three-time first team all-South Atlantic Conference honoree led the conference in punting average for the third consecutive season, averaging 42.5 yards on 57 punts, placing 20 punts inside the opponents' 20-yardline. Heading into the postseason, he ranked 10th nationally in Division II for the season with the ninth-best career average in the nation and has placed 63 punts inside the opponents' 20-yardline over his three-year stint as the punter.

He was named the D2Football.com National Special Teams Player of the Week, along with AstroTurf SAC Special Teams Player of the Week, for his 45.6 yard punting average in the win over Tusculum. He had two punts over 60 yards in that game and downed four punts inside the TC 5-yardline.

Squirewell, a senior from Great Falls, earns all-region honors for the first time. The two-time first team all-SAC honoree notched 50 tackles in the regular season with 4.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He also earned AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week honors for his one-handed pick six interception to seal the win over Tusculum. That performance also earned him a nomination for the SBNation Piesman Trophy - the award for linemen making non-lineman plays (more on that award later).

McDonnell, a senior from Bluffton, earns all-region honors for the first time. The two-time first team all-SAC honoree twice earned AstroTurf SAC Defensive Player of the Week honors and ranked second in the league with 58 solo tackles, fifth in the league with four sacks and led the conference with three fumble recoveries in the regular season. He had nine solo tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks - with one for a safety - in the Wolves' playoff-clinching win at Wingate.

Martin, a senior from Pelzer and Palmetto HS, led one of the most balanced offenses in the region. In his senior campaign, Martin graded out at 91% and had 44 knockdown blocks.

The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.


Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-Super Region II Football Teams

First Team Offense

Pos

Player

School

Class

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

Previous School

QB

Luke Wingo

North Alabama

Sr.

6-2

197

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa HS

TE

Kenny Johnston

Florida Tech

Jr.

6-4

195

Jacksonville, Fla.

Stanton College Prep

WR

Justin Houston

Tusculum

Sr.

5-8

170

Cleveland, Tenn.

Bradley Central HS

WR

Keshaun Taylor

Mars Hill

So.

6-1

180

Homestead, Fla.

Homestead HS

RB

Damian Baker

Carson-Newman

Sr.

5-8

195

Columbus, Miss.

Columbus HS/Northwest Mississippi CC

RB

Lamonte Thompson

North Alabama

Sr.

5-8

171

Florence, Ala.

Florence HS

OL

Derek Evans

Carson-Newman

Sr.

6-1

275

Alcoa, Tenn.

Alcoa HS/Appalachian State

OL

Joe Ray 1,1

Lenoir-Rhyne

Sr.

6-1

270

Atlanta, Ga.

Druid Hills HS

OL

Orion Awa-Dubose 2

West Georgia

Sr.

6-1

294

Oxnard, Calif.

Rio Mesa HS/Moorpark College

OL

Stephen Evans

North Alabama

Jr.

6-4

302

Boston, Mass.

Archbishop Williams

OL

David May

Valdosta State

So.

6-4

297

Orange Park, Fla.

Fleming Island HS

RS

Tyreek Hill

West Alabama

Sr.

5-10

185

Douglas, Ga.

Coffee HS/Garden City CC

K

Hunter Heck

West Georgia

Jr.

5-10

198

Kathleen, Ga.

Houston Co. HS

 

First Team Defense

Pos

Player

School

Class

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

Previous School

DL

J.J. Sanders

Florida Tech

Sr.

5-10

250

Columbus, Ohio

Northland HS/Kent State

DL

Alstevis Squirewell

Newberry

Sr.

6-1

270

Great Falls, S.C.

Great Falls HS

DL

Dylan Donahue

West Georgia

Jr.

6-3

235

Billings, Mont.

Billings West HS/Palomar College

LB

Jewell Ratliff

Tuskegee

Sr.

6-1

238

New Orleans, La.

McDonogh 35 HS/Kentucky

LB

Kyle Kitchens

Catawba

So.

6-2

205

Decatur, Ga.

Decatur HS

LB

C.J. Jackson

North Alabama

Sr.

6-1

187

Water Valley, Miss.

Water Valley HS/Itawamba CC

LB

Taylor McDonnell

Newberry

Sr.

6-2

240

Bluffton, S.C.

Bluffton HS

S

Floyd Jones

North Alabama

Sr.

6-0

217

Town Creek, Ala.

R.A. Hubbard HS

S

Jordan Shaw

Shorter

Sr.

6-2

215

Jasper, Ga.

Pickens Co. HS

CB

Clim Robbins

Central State

Jr.

5-8

180

West Orlando, Fla.

Jones HS/Iowa Western CC

CB

Case Woodard

Catawba

Jr.

5-11

160

Lithonia, Ga.

Arabia Mountain HS/Georgia Mil. Coll.

P

Kyle Clark 2,2

Newberry

Sr.

6-4

170

Beaufort, S.C.

Beaufort HS

 

Second Team Offense

Pos

Player

School

Class

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

Previous School

QB

Luke Lancaster

Tusculum

So.

6-4

185

Gaffney, S.C.

Gaffney HS

TE

Gabe Hughes 1

Florida Tech

Sr.

6-4

240

Lighthouse Pt, Fla.

Highland Chr. HS/Western Michigan

WR

B.J. Bunn

UNC Pembroke

Jr.

6-0

210

Burlington, N.C.

Western Alamance HS

WR

Greg Dent

Valdosta State

Sr.

5-11

197

Belle Glade, Fla.

Glades Central HS

RB

B.J. McCoy

Shorter

Jr.

5-8

215

Villa Rica, Ga.

Atlanta Sports Acad.

RB

Cedric O’Neal

Valdosta State

Sr.

6-0

213

Dublin, Ga.

Dublin HS

OL

Landon Martin

Newberry

Sr.

6-6

250

Pelzer, S.C.

Palmetto HS

OL

Lewis McCormick

Catawba

Sr.

6-4

260

Greensboro, N.C.

Dudley HS

OL

Dominique Robertson

West Georgia

Jr.

6-5

306

Redlands, Calif.

Redlands East HS/Texas Tech

OL

Leeward Brown

Tuskegee

Sr.

6-4

340

Miami, Fla.

Miramar HS

OL

Kevin Delgado

Florida Tech

Jr.

6-5

357

Miami, Fla.

Coral Park HS

OL

Matthew Rochester

North Greenville

Sr.

6-1

275

Greer, S.C.

Greer HS

RS

Amyr Smith

Morehouse

Fr.

5-9

170

Atlanta, Ga.

Grady HS

K

Carson Wise

Carson-Newman

Fr.

5-10

170

Blacksburg, Va.

Blacksburg HS/Virginia Tech

 

Second Team Defense

Pos

Player

School

Class

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

Previous School

DL

Justin Woods-West

Central State

Sr.

6-2

265

Detroit, Mich.

Kettering Senior HS

DL

Alex Armah

West Georgia

Jr.

6-2

235

Lawrenceville, Ga.

Dacula HS

DL

Mike Keck

UNC Pembroke

Sr.

6-3

250

Fayetteville, N.C.

Gray’s Creek HS

DL

Gabriel Mass

Lane

Sr.

6-5

265

Jackson, Ala.

Jackson HS/South Alabama

LB

Kenny Murphy 1

Valdosta State

Sr.

6-2

240

Glennville, Ga.

Tattnall Co. HS

LB

Deonate Gary

Central State

Jr.

6-1

220

Lakeland, Fla.

Lakeland HS/Eastern Arizona CC

LB

Quentin Harton

West Alabama

Sr.

5-11

230

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Bryant HS

LB

Sharmaine Washington

Valdosta State

Jr.

6-1

232

Moultrie, Ga.

Colquitt Co. HS

S

Jonah McCutcheon

Tuskegee

So.

6-2

186

Mobile, Ala.

B.C. Rain HS

S

Carlos Hutton

West Georgia

Sr.

5-11

181

Carrollton, Ga.

Carrollton HS

CB

Philbert Martial 1, 2(RS)

North Alabama

Jr.

5-10

164

Mobile, Ala.

McGill-Toolen HS

CB

Manny Abad

Florida Tech

Jr.

5-11

187

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

South Plantation HS

CB

Kenny Moore

Valdosta State

Jr.

5-9

179

Valdosta, Ga.

Lowndes HS

P

Kevin Weber

Brevard

Fr.

6-3

175

Summerville, S.C.

Pinewood Prep