Seven Wolves named to all-South Atlantic Conference teams


Seven Wolves named to all-South Atlantic Conference teams
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications

ROCK HILL – A total of seven Wolves were named all-South Atlantic Conference on Tuesday, including a quartet of players selected to the first team.


The Wolves were well-represented in the trenches, with a pair of first-team defensive linemen and two offensive linemen split between the two teams.


First Team Offense

Dakota Mozingo (OL) – A senior from Rock Hill and a member of the Order of the Gray Stripe, Mozingo has started every game over the past two seasons and served as Newberry’s center in 2017. He accumulated 39 pancake blocks and graded out at over 85 percent in nine of Newberry’s 11 games.


Mozingo rarely exited the field this season, playing over 95 percent of Newberry’s offensive snaps.  He was named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete by the National Football Foundation, and is a two-time all-conference honoree after earning second team accolades last season.


First Team Defense

Jamarcus Henderson (DL) – A junior defensive end from Union, Henderson has wreaked havoc on opposing offenses all season long. His 8.5 sacks, which ranked second in the league, accounted for 63 yards lost by the opposition and contributed to his 13 overall tackles for loss. He ranks fourth in school history in career sacks with 21.5 throughout his three-year career.


Henderson finished second on the team with 59 tackles, including 47 solo stops, had six quarterback hurries, and forced a fumble. He finished with at least one tackle for loss in nine of the Wolves’ 11 games and had multiple sacks on three occasions. He is a first-team all-SAC performer for the second time in his career and was a second team All-American a season ago.


Keito Jordon (DL) – Opposite Henderson on the Wolves’ defensive line was Keito Jordon, a sophomore defensive end from Hopkins that transferred to Newberry from Division I Hampton. He had 7.5 sacks and a team-high 14 tackles for loss, registering at least one in each of Newberry’s final 10 games.


He finished the season with 30 tackles, including 24 unassisted, and had a team-high nine quarterback hurries. He was a key component in Newberry accumulating a league-high 31 sacks on the season.


Joe Blue (LB) – Blue was named first team all-SAC for the second consecutive year after leading the team and finishing fifth in the league with 83 tackles. His 54 solo stops were second in the league.


Known for seemingly always being around the ball, the junior from Dillon and Order of the Gray Stripe member totaled 11 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble. He had 10 or more tackles on three occasions, including a career-high 14 against Tusculum.


Second Team Offense

Tyler Anderson (OL) – Tyler Anderson made nine starts at left tackle and two at right tackle this season. The sophomore from Anderson has graded out at 92 percent or higher in six of 11 games this season, including a pair of games at 97 percent.


Anderson finished with just one penalty all season and one sack allowed in over 270 passing attempts. He also had a five-game span in which he accumulated just 12 “minus” plays, an exceptionally impressive number. Anderson is a first-time all-SAC performer.


Markell Castle (WR) –
A two-time all-SAC selection, the junior from York caught 39 passes for 756 yards and a career-high nine touchdowns in 2017. Castle was twice named AstroTurf SAC Offensive Player of the Week, had four 100-yard games this season, and ranked 15th nationally in yards per catch at 19.38. Thirty-one of his 39 catches went for first downs or touchdowns, including all 12 of his receptions on third downs.


Castle is third in school history in 100-yard games (9), fourth in touchdowns (17), seventh in yardage (1,757), and 10th in receptions (110) with a year of eligibility remaining. He was a first team all-SAC honoree a season ago.


Second Team Defense

Jawanza Adams (DB) – Starting 11 games as Newberry’s safety, the junior from Piedmont finished third on the team with 54 tackles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions, and finished the year with six passes defended.


Adams surpassed six tackles on five occasions, had 2.5 tackles for loss, and had one quarterback hurry. This marks his first career all-conference honor.


Click here to read the full release from the South Atlantic Conference.


2017 All-South Atlantic Conference Football Teams

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB

Patrick O'Brien

Catawba

RB

Jared Dillingham

Carson-Newman

RB

Nelson Brown

Lenoir-Rhyne

RB

Lawrence Pittman

Wingate

WR

Sam Mobley

Catawba

WR

Keshaun Taylor

Mars Hill

WR

Craig Rucker

Mars Hill

OL

Phil McDowell

Carson-Newman

OL

Quinzavious Sands

Catawba

OL

Brandon Berridge

Mars Hill

OL

Dakota Mozingo

Newberry

OL

Daniel Owens

Wingate

TE

Jourdan Osinskie

Catawba

PK

Lee Brackman

Catawba

LS

Will Brasington

Limestone

RS

BJ Muckelvene

Wingate

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL

Montel Presley

Carson-Newman

DL

Jamarcus Henderson

Newberry

DL

Keito Jordon

Newberry

DL

Auntrell Mack

Wingate

LB

Sha'Heem Stupart

Carson-Newman

LB

Trey Evans

Catawba

LB

Joe Blue

Newberry

LB

Kyle Kitchens

Catawba

DB

Darius Williams

Carson-Newman

DB

Desmond Fairell

Carson-Newman

DB

Cris Page

Catawba

DB

Martez Thompkins

Tusculum

P

Hunter Cantrell
Alex Haynes

Tusculum
Limestone

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB

Derrick Evans
David Salmon

Carson-Newman
Mars Hill

RB

Eamon Smart

Catawba

RB

Jerko'ya Patton

Limestone

RB

Blake Hayes

Wingate

WR

Dorren Miller

Carson-Newman

WR

Markell Castle

Newberry

WR

Vyncint Smith

Limestone

OL

Jordan Seal

Carson-Newman

OL

Brandon Floyd

Catawba

OL

Jalen Soto

Lenoir-Rhyne

OL

Tyler Anderson

Newberry

OL

Connor Baroniunas

Wingate

TE

Jake Jensen

Wingate

PK

Nick Smith

Limestone

LS

Ian O'Grady

Tusculum

RS

Jay Boyd

Tusculum

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL

Brian Bembry

Carson-Newman

DL

Omar Staley

Catawba

DL

Jordan Hemingway

Catawba

DL

Kelvin Atkins
Cardell Rawlings

Limestone
Wingate

LB

Sherrod Williams

Lenoir-Rhyne

LB

Evan Patrick

Limestone

LB

L'Keith Brown

Tusculum

LB

Robbie Wallace

Wingate

DB

Kyle Dugger

Lenoir-Rhyne

DB

Jawanza Adams

Newberry

DB

Dee Alford

Tusculum

DB

Kam Johnson

Wingate

 

Offensive Freshman of the Year – Jerko’ya Patton, Limestone
Defensive Freshman of the Year – Earl Adams, Mars Hill
Offensive Player of the Year – Lawrence Pittman, Wingate
Defensive Player of the Year – Kyle Kitchens, Catawba
Jacobs Blocking Trophy – Daniel Owens, Wingate
Coach of the Year – Joe Reich, Wingate


Statistical Champions

Rushing Yards Per Game: Lawrence Pittman, Wingate (114.7)
Passing Yards Per Game:  David Salmon, Mars Hill (276.6)
Total Offense Per Game: David Salmon, Mars Hill (267.7)
Receptions Per Game: Keshaun Taylor, Mars Hill (6.4)
Receiving Yards Per Game: Keshaun Taylor, Mars Hill (128.1)
All-Purpose Yards Per Game: Keshaun Taylor, Mars Hill (152.20)
Passing Efficiency Rating: Patrick O’Brien, Catawba (157.7)
Punt Return Avg.: BJ Muckelvene, Wingate (25.1)
Kick Return Avg: Chance Walker, Newberry (26.9)
Punting Avg: Alex Haynes, Limestone (42.1)
Scoring Average (TDs): Derrick Evans, Carson-Newman (9.8)
Scoring Average (K): Freddy McCollum, Wingate (7.4)
Field Goals Per Game: Freddy McCollum, Wingate & Nick Smith, Limestone (1.2)
Field Goal Percentage: Lee Brackman, Catawba (.800)   
Tackles Per Game: Robert Wallace, Wingate (9.5)
Sacks Per Game:  Kyle Kitchens, Catawba (1.14)
Tackles for Loss Per Game: Kyle Kitchens, Catawba (1.6)
Interceptions Per Game:  Darius Williams, Carson-Newman (0.5)
Team Scoring Offense:  Carson-Newman (33.1)
Team Scoring Defense: Catawba (17.6)
Team Passing Offense: Mars Hill (302.9)
Team Passing Defense: Tusculum (170.1)
Team Rushing Offense:  Carson-Newman (274.5)
Team Rushing Defense: Carson-Newman (95.7)
Team Total Offense: Mars Hill (413.5)
Team Total Defense: Carson-Newman (277.9)