2015-16 Football
36 Steven Archie RB
1 Ryan Barnwell RB
2 Brice Green DB
3 Craig Steedley DB
4 Nate Sichali OLB
5 Braxton Ivery WR
6 Wes Jordan WR
7 Raleigh Yeldell QB
8 Marcus Brown DB
9 Damian Bell RB
10 Zach Blair QB
11 Tovaris Cureton WR
13 Troy Thompson WR
14 Willie Glover DB
15 Tyron Mikell OLB
16 Baptiste Staggers TE
17 Jalen Cook WR
18 Zach Edmunds TE
19 Cole Watson WR
20 Kevin Miller RB
21 Avery Shippy DB
22 Romelo Doctor RB
23 Rashaad Smith DB
24 Arnez Gray DB
25 Devine Kelly DB
26 James Anderson FB
27 Collis Martin DB
28 Alonzo McGill OLB
30 Trenton Bryan ILB
31 Tony Pear DB
32 Jimmy Holmes DL
33 Taylor McDonnell ILB
34 Tony Gaston DB
35 Rashard Alston FB
36 Desmond Kearse OLB
37 Jawanza Adams DB
38 Trey Gregg FB
39 LaQuan White DB
40 Alstevis Squirewell DL
41 Corey Dover DB
42 Jaquille Oden DL
43 Rameak Smith OLB
44 Stan Davis DL
45 Chase Austin ILB
46 Caleb Belton DB
47 Will Elm OLB
48 Kyle Clark K/P
49 Malcolm Ford DB
50 Will Holbrook ILB
51 Evan Sobocinski OL
52 Dakota Mozingo OL
53 Casey Baldwin OL
54 Anfernee Moffett ILB
55 Jalen Hunter DL
56 Desmond Beasley-Jones OLB
57 Brandon Hughes OLB
58 Marcus Moody ILB
59 Jonathan Andrews DB
60 Troy Cunningham OLB
62 Daryus Gillespie DL
63 Perry Able LS
64 Terrance Salley DL
65 Joseph Foster K
66 Josh Spigner DL
67 Tevin Williams OLB
68 Dylan Beauchamp OL
69 Shea Rodgers K/P
70 Trey Goodwin OL
71 Stephen Nance OL
72 Austin Turner OL
73 Treyon Bonner OL
75 Landon Martin OL
76 Bobby McNeil OL
77 Sam Hall OL
78 Tyler Stasky OL
79 Hayden Wilks OL
80 Holden Beemiller WR
81 Darius Clark WR
83 J.T. Waters WR
84 Evan DuBois WR
85 Manny McCord WR
86 Markell Castle WR
87 Andrew Smith WR/LS
88 Bobby Crawford WR
89 Knox Butcher TE
90 Brett Borders DL
91 Isaac Ferguson DL
92 Tanner Adair DL
93 Josh Parker DE
94 Kinard Lisbon DL
95 Demarcus Brown DL
96 Terrell Owens DL
97 Jaysn Dawson DL
98 Ryan Janssen K/P
99 Jamarcus Henderson DL
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2015-16
Football
Todd Knight

Todd Knight

POSITION Head Coach

Todd Knight is entering his ninth year at the helm of the Newberry program in 2017 having made his mark as one of the most successful coaches in program history.


His 50-38 overall record makes him the second-winningest coach in school history and the only 40-game winner with a winning record in the 103 years of Newberry football. His .568 winning percentage is second in school history among coaches with 10 or more games at the helm.


2016: South Atlantic Conference Champions

Knight, the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year, was the architect of a SAC championship team that saw the Wolves tie a school record with 10 consecutive wins to close the regular season, earn a No. 2 seed in the 2016 NCAA Division II Football Championship, compile a perfect 7-0 conference record for the first time in school history, and play two nationally-televised games.


The Wolves led the nation in punt return yardage allowed (10 returns for one total yard) and set school records for scoring (436 points), passing yards (3,536), completions (287), passing touchdowns (30), completion percentage (67.8), total offense (5,462 yards), all-purpose yards (6,496), total touchdowns (61), and sacks (37.5).


The championship marked the fourth conference crown of Knight’s career, with previous SAC titles coming in 2006 and 2008 as Newberry’s defensive coordinator and as an outside linebacker on Gardner-Webb’s 1987 team.


Knight was named SAC Coach of the Year in a season that saw quarterback Raleigh Yeldell become Newberry’s first-ever finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, pick up Offensive Player of the Year honors from both the SAC and the Eastern College Athletic Conference, and finish eighth in SAC history with a school-record 3,418 yards of total offense. The Wolves totaled a league-high 15 all-conference selections, including six on the first-team offense and nine first-team selections overall.


Newberry had three players (Yeldell, DL Jamarcus Henderson, and OL Bobby McNeil) named to various All-America teams, with five others receiving All-Super Region 2 distinction.


Additionally, offensive lineman Sam Hall was named a First Team Academic All-American and won the inaugural Elite 18 award from the SAC, which honors the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the final site of competition in each of the league's 18 sports. Hall joined Holden Beemiller on the Academic All-District team.


A Legacy of Excellence

In his eight years at the helm of Newberry’s program, Knight has coached a Harlon Hill Trophy finalist, three SAC Players of the Year, two ECAC Offensive Players of the Year, 16 All-Americans, 35 All-Region selections, 65 All-SAC honorees, 27 SAC Players of the Week, two Academic All-Americans, and 14 Academic All-District winners.


He also has a legacy of preparing players for the NFL. Newberry has four former players on active NFL rosters, a higher percentage of its total enrollment than any college in the nation regardless of NCAA division. 2009 SAC Defensive Player of the Year Ron Parker has started 47 of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 48 games at free safety since 2014 and has accumulated 253 career tackles, seven interceptions, and 39 passes defended in a six-year career. Edmond Robinson has appeared in 21 games as an outside linebacker for Minnesota, Brandon Bostick has two touchdowns as a tight end with Green Bay and the New York Jets, and Corey Washington is currently with Dallas after spending his rookie season with the New York Giants in 2014.


Newberry Summary

The finest year of Knight’s career in 2016 led to the team’s third playoff berth in a four-season span. Newberry earned its second-ever playoff bid after a 9-2 regular season in 2013, then closed the season with four straight wins in 2015 to finish the year 7-4 and earn another trip to the postseason.


Newberry has twice finished the season ranked in the final AFCA poll under Knight, closing out 2013 with a No. 23 national ranking and landing at No. 16 in 2016.


The Wolves’ 31 wins from 2013-16, all under Knight, are the second-most wins in a four-year period in school history. Newberry’s 32 victories from 2006-09, the final six of which came during Knight’s first season as Head Coach following six seasons as Defensive Coordinator, are the current standard-bearer.


Knight won his first game as a head coach on the road at No. 12 Valdosta State in 2009. The win over the Blazers was the first of two wins over ranked opponents in 2009. Newberry has beaten six ranked opponents during Knight’s tenure, including a 24-21 win over No. 8 UNC Pembroke in 2013 that represents the second-highest ranked team Newberry has ever defeated.


Newberry was 6-4 in Knight’s first season in 2009, then went 4-6 in consecutive years and turned in a 5-6 performance in 2012 before beginning their four-year run of sustained excellence in 2013. Knight was 19-22 in his first four years as a head coach before Newberry reeled off six straight wins to begin 2013, pushing him over .500 as a head coach for good and setting the stage for Newberry’s success.


Knight served as Newberry’s defensive coordinator from 2003-09: six seasons solely as the defensive coordinator and filling both the head coach and coordinator roles in 2009.


Prior to Newberry

Knight served as Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Charleston Southern University under David Dowd. Under Knight’s guidance, the 2001 Buccaneers’ “Blue Collar” defense achieved a No. 16 Division I-AA national ranking in pass defense and a No. 20 mark in total defense. He coached the inside linebackers in 1997 before holding the Defensive Coordinator role for five seasons.


Knight moved to Charleston Southern from Gardner-Webb, his alma mater, where he coached the Runnin' Bulldogs' secondary from 1993-96. He also served as a Graduate Assistant at Gardner-Webb in 1989 before moving to Lees-McRae. Knight coached the Bobcats' linebackers in 1990 before becoming Defensive Coordinator for the 1991 and 1992 seasons.


Knight earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education at Gardner-Webb, graduating in 1989. His Master of Arts in Physical Education was awarded in 1990.


Personal


Knight is married to the former Tina Martin and the couple resides in Newberry. He is the proud father of his daughter, Anna, and sons, Devin and Michael Cash.


Knight's Coaching Record

Year

School

W-L

Pct

2009

Newberry

6-4

.600

2010

Newberry

4-6

.400

2011

Newberry

4-6

.400

2012

Newberry

5-6

.455

2013

Newberry

9-3 ^

.750

2014

Newberry

5-6

.455

2015

Newberry

7-5 ^

.583

2016

Newberry

10-2 *^

.833

TOTALS

8 SEASONS

50-38

.568

^ = NCAA Division II Football Championship appearance

* = South Atlantic Conference champions


Year-by-Year

The 2015 Wolves finished the regular season on a four-game win streak to qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs for the second time in three years. The Wolves were the seventh seed in Super Region II, dropping a first round playoff game at North Alabama.


Newberry completed the season with a record of 7-5. The Wolves also reclaimed the Bishops Trophy with a 52-14 rout at Lenoir-Rhyne. The Wolves also led the South Atlantic Conference with 11 all-conference selections. Newberry had four SAC Player of the Week, two ECAC Player of the Week and one National Player of the Week in the standout season. Evan Sobocinski was named an Academic All-District honoree for the third time, joined by Corey Dover.


In 2014, the Wolves went 5-6 and had eight all-South Atlantic Conference selections. Outside linebacker Edmond Robinson became the first Newberry player drafted to the NFL in 42 years, when he was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round. A.J. Booker and Evan Sobocinski repeated as Academic All-District honorees.


In 2013, the Wolves celebrated their 100th season of intercollegiate football with one of the best seasons in the storied history of the program. Newberry finished the season with a 9-3 overall record and 5-2 South Atlantic Conference record, earning the second-ever NCAA Division II playoff berth in the program's history. Newberry earned final national rankings of No. 23 in the American Football Coaches Association poll and No. 25 in the D2Football.com poll.


Offensive lineman Jamal Ellis was named a second team All-American by D2Football.com and wide receivers Jason Livingston and Corey Washington earned honorable mention All-American from multiple publications. Three seniors played in postseason all-star games, including Washington's highlight appearance on the ESPN networks in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Newberry earned a total of 11 all-Super Region Two honors and 11 Wolves were named all-South Atlantic Conference - the most in the league.


A.J. Booker and Evan Sobocinski were named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District, adding to the lengthy list of football student-athletes with academic honors. Newberry earned eight SAC Player of the Week honors on the performances of punter/kicker Kyle Clark (three times), wide receiver/return specialist Corey Washington as both offensive and special teams player of the week, linebackers Edmond Robinson and Mike Hopkins and quarterback W.T. Murden.


The Wolves sealed their playoff berth in late October with a win over No. 8/12 UNC Pembroke, marking Newberry's second-ever win over a top 10 team since joining the NCAA.


Also during the season, two Newberry alumni made their mark in the NFL. Cornerback Ron Parker had two interceptions, playing in all 16 games for the Kansas City Chiefs and earning a "trifecta" sack/forced fumble/fumble recovery on Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to seal a KC win. Tight end Brandon Bostick scored Newberry's first-ever NFL touchdown, catching a touchdown pass for the Green Bay Packers at home against Philadelphia, then performing the famous "Lambeau Leap."


In 2012, the Wolves jumped out to a 4-0 start and a No. 24 national ranking with a 47-22 win over eventual national quarterfinalist Carson-Newman. Newberry would lose its stride and finished with a 5-6 overall record and 3-4 mark in conference play. Five Wolves would go on to earn all-SAC honors.


In 2011, the Wolves went 4-6 overall with a 4-3 SAC record. That included Newberry’s first win at Carson-Newman since 1988. Linebacker Apollo Stretch earned third team All-American honors from BSN, while seven Wolves earned all-SAC honors.


In 2010, the Wolves went 4-6 overall and 3-4 in SAC play. In 2009, Knight led the scarlet and gray to a 6-4 overall record in his first season as head coach. Knight was the first Newberry head coach to record a winning season in his first year as head coach since Reed Charpia led the Indians to a 7-3 record in 1978.


The team defeated 12th-ranked Valdosta State, 31-24, on the road in Knight’s first game as head coach. The scarlet and gray were ranked 20th in the nation by D2Football.com following the Valdosta win, marking Knight’s first national ranking as head coach.


As head coach, Knight has coached 49 all-South Atlantic Conference players and one South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year. Knight’s players have earned 14 all-state awards, 27 all-region honors and 13 All-American awards. Newberry players have won the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week honors on 21 occasions under Knight’s direction.


Two players have earned South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors under Knight’s tutelage, with linebacker Will Newell winning the award in the 2008 season and safety Ron Parker earning the honor in 2009.


His players have made nine appearances in senior all-star games including the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Texas vs. the Nation Game, the Valero Cactus Bowl, the Players All-Star Classic, National Bowl Game and the East Coast Bowl.


Two former players under Knight are currently on NFL squads - cornerback Ron Parker with the Kansas City Chiefs and linebacker Edmond Robinson with the Minnesota Vikings. Two others – tight end Brandon Bostick with the New York Jets and wide receiver Corey Washington with the Detroit Lions – are on practice squads.


Knight’s players have also excelled in the classroom, with Brandon Gantt named an ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2009. Gantt in 2009, Matt Holmes in 2010 and Lequawn James in 2011 were also named as national semifinalists for the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Trophy, which is known as the Academic Heisman Award. Five players were named to the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society. A total of 12 players have earned CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District honors.