Yeldell and Doctor lead nine Wolves on preseason all-SAC teams


Yeldell and Doctor lead nine Wolves on preseason all-SAC teams
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

ROCK HILL – The Newberry Wolves have nine preseason all-South Atlantic Conference football players, as the conference announced the 2016 preseason honors Tuesday.

Newberry is picked to finish in third place in the preseason coaches’ poll, which was announced Monday. The Wolves’ nine preseason all-SAC honorees are tied for second-most in the league with Catawba, while Carson-Newman has 12 picks.

Only two Wolves earned first team preseason honors – quarterback Raleigh Yeldell and running back Romelo Doctor.

The Wolves have seven picks on the second team, including Cole Watson who was honored both at wide receiver and at return specialist. Also on the second team are offensive linemen Bobby McNeil and Tyler Stasky, defensive linemen Jamarcus Henderson and Josh Parker, and linebacker Will Elm.

Raleigh Yeldell – a senior from Edgefield and Strom Thurmond HS – was a second team all-SAC pick following the 2015 playoff season. He was an honorable mention ECAC All-Star and was named third team all-Super Region II by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. He completed 139-of-225 passes for 1,504 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions and carried the ball 78 times for 399 yards and six touchdowns. He earned Corvias ECAC Player of the Week honors for a 24-of-28 passing performance for 279 yards and five touchdowns against Brevard. He also earned AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week honors the following week, completing 18-of-25 passes for 265 yards and four touchdowns in a win at Lenoir-Rhyne. 

Romelo Doctor – a senior from Summerville and Ashley Ridge HS – had the second-most yards, carries and 100-yard games in a single season at Newberry as a junior, earning first team all-SAC honors. He was also the ECAC Division II Offensive Player of the Year, an ECAC All-Star and a finalist for the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame’s State Player of the Year. He earned ECAC Player of the Week honors with a 143 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries at Catawba. He had 241 carries for 1,235 yards with six touchdowns and seven games of over 100 yards rushing and became only the sixth back in Newberry history with 10 games of 100-plus in a career. He eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark for career and currently ranks eighth in school history with 2,028 yards. 

Cole Watson – a senior from Conway HS – earns his first career honors from the conference and does so in two categories. At wide receiver, he had 32 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns in his junior season. He also threw a 63-yard touchdown pass on first play of the playoff game at North Alabama, giving him a ridiculous 959.2 passer efficiency rating. He scored touchdowns against Jacksonville, North Greenville and Limestone, averaging 13.4 yards per catch. As a return man, he was the South Atlantic Conference statistical champion in punt return average last year with an average of 10.9 yards per return. He returned 15 punts for 164 yards with a long of 38 at Lenoir-Rhyne.

Bobby McNeil – a senior from Huger and Timberland HS – is the most experienced offensive lineman returning for the Wolves. He has started in every game at guard in the last two seasons and will be the anchor and leader as the Wolves reload at a traditionally strong position.

Tyler Stasky – a senior from Mount Pleasant and Wando HS – is the other returning starter on the offensive line. He has been a consistent team leader and has filled in at both guard and tackle behind all-conference performers. He is expected to start at tackle this season.

Jamarcus Henderson – a sophomore from Union and Union County HS – was a rising star as a freshman in 2015 on an experienced defensive line. He played in all 12 games and broke into the starting lineup twice. Made 49 tackles over the course of the year, also notching eight tackles for loss, four sacks and a forced fumble. He made 11 tackles at Lenoir-Rhyne and had nine solo tackles at Catawba.

Josh Parker – a junior from Little Mountain and Mid-Carolina HS - played in all 12 games, making 10 starts. He made 29 stops with 4.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks and recovered two fumbles, including a 16-yard return for a touchdown at Lenoir-Rhyne. He had seven tackles with 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks at North Alabama, and six tackles in Lenoir-Rhyne game.

Will Elm – a junior from Irmo HS - started at outside linebacker in all 12 contests as a sophomore, making 51 tackles with five tackles for loss and a sack. He had a season high of seven tackles in the playoff game at North Alabama, made six tackles with two tackles for loss and a sack vs. North Greenville and also made six stops at Catawba. He had five tackles in four other contests.


2016 Preseason All-South Atlantic Conference Football Teams

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB

Raleigh Yeldell

Newberry

RB

Isaac Robinson

Tusculum

RB

Romelo Doctor

Newberry

RB

Lawrence Pittman

Wingate

WR

Keshaun Taylor

Mars Hill

WR

Gilbert Johnson

Mars Hill

WR

Jordan Berry

Wingate

TE

Jake Jenson

Wingate

OL

Austin Lewis

Carson-Newman

OL

Dan Gallman

Carson-Newman

OL

Joe Hillin

Mars Hill

OL

Jaleel Roberts

Lenoir-Rhyne

OL

Bryce King

Mars Hill

RS

Lonnie Williams

Carson-Newman

LS

Ian O’Grady

Tusculum

K

Will Tommie

Tusculum

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL

C.J. Barksdale

Catawba

DL

Phalen Booker

Carson-Newman

DL

Andre Foulks

Wingate

DL

Brian Bembry

Carson-Newman

LB

Kyle Kitchens

Catawba

LB

Brandyn Bartlett

Tusculum

LB

Jamal Lacky

Catawba

LB

Sha’heem Stupart

Carson-Newman

DB

Case Woodard

Catawba

DB

Kyle Duggar

Lenoir-Rhyne

DB

Cameron Thomas

Tusculum

DB

Jerry Miclisse

Carson-Newman

P

Michael DeStephens

Lenoir-Rhyne

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB

Mike Sheehan

Catawba

RB

Antonio Wimbush

Carson-Newman

RB

Montavious Taylor

Carson-Newman

RB

David Burgees

Catawba

WR

Cole Watson

Newberry

WR

Keyon West

Catawba

WR

Evan Altizer

Tusculum

TE

Grant Janeway

Carson-Newman

OL

Daniel Owens

Wingate

OL

Bobby McNeil

Newberry

OL

Tyler Stasky

Newberry

OL

Branden Dagley

Brevard

OL

Patrick Benson

Tusculum

RS

Cole Watson

Newberry

LS

Steven Bartlett

Catawba

K

Carson Wise

Carson-Newman

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL

Jamarcus Henderson

Newberry

DL

Ray Edwards

Wingate

DL

Josh Parker

Newberry

DL

Chris Green

Lenoir-Rhyne

LB

L'Keith Brown

Tusculum

LB

Will Elm

Newberry

LB

Jordan Forney

Lenoir-Rhyne

LB

Carl Mattox

Mars Hill

DB

Chris Carpenter

Catawba

DB

Marcus Kincaid

Lenoir-Rhyne

DB

Jason Williams

Carson-Newman

DB

Kameron Johnson

Wingate

P

Kevin Weber

Brevard