Jeter and Simunyu lead the Tornados in the All-SAC Football selections
Jeter named SAC Offensive Freshman of the Year
Rock Hill, S.C. - Kelvin Jeter and Prince Simunyu headline five Brevard College football players who were selected to the 2010 All-South Atlantic Conference football team, as announced by the SAC office yesterday. The postseason All-Conference team is voted on by the head football coaches of the SAC institutions.
Jeter became the first Brevard player to receive Player of the Year honors as the freshman slot from Gastonia, N.C. added accolades to his BC record-setting campaign in being recognized as the 2010 SAC Offensive Freshman of the Year. Jeter carried the ball 135 times for 1,145 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 8.5 yards per carry and 104.1 rushing yards per game, setting Brevard single-season records in net yards, yards per carry, longest play from scrimmage and rushing yards per game.
Simunyu was named to his second consecutive postseason All-SAC team, having earned Second Team honors last season after leading the conference with 14.5 tackles for loss in his sophomore season. This year as a junior, Simunyu stepped up as a leader both on and off the field for the Tornados, finishing second on the team with 75 tackles and added five tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble return for a touchdown in garnering First Team All-Conference honors.
Darrell Neely, Salonik Amos and Eric Watts all received Second Team All-SAC honors.
Neely was a cornerstone on the Brevard offensive line for his four seasons here and helped pave the way for the NCAA’s fourth-rated rushing attack in averaging 285.5 yards per game on the ground. Amos lined up at cornerback for the Tornados all season, and the junior was the team leader with two interceptions on the year and tied for the conference overall lead in passes defensed on the season with 14 pass breakups on the year. Watts was named as the All-SAC Second Team punter and the junior led the conference, averaging 42.9 yards per punt and tied for the conference’s longest punt on the season with a 73 yard punt against Johnson C. Smith early in the season.
Tusculum College record-setting quarterback Bo Cordell was named the South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, while Lenoir-Rhyne defensive back Marcus Shuford, who spearheaded the league’s best defense, was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
Wingate University head coach Joe Reich, who guided the Bulldogs to their first-ever conference football title, was named Coach of the Year.
Wingate and Catawba College led the way with 10 All-Conference selections each.
Catawba defensive lineman Damein Lee, who had seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss, was named the Defensive Freshman of the Year.
The Jacobs Blocking Trophy went to Lenoir-Rhyne offensive lineman Chandler Rearden. The Jacobs Blocking Trophy is presented to the top lineman in the league. Rearden anchored an offensive line that averaged 319.6 yards rushing per game, the best in NCAA Division II.
Catawba College quarterback Patrick Dennis received the Football Scholar-Athlete Award.
Cordell, a sophomore, led the nation with 4,657 passing yards, the third-most in NCAA history and setting a conference record. He was one of five Pioneers named to the first-team offense. He was joined by wide receiver Deonte’ Gist, who set single-season school records with 96 catches for 1,183 yards, offensive lineman Hannibal Ruiz, long snapper Skylar West and place kicker Gareth Rowlands, who had a SAC-record 21 field goals.
Shuford led a Lenoir-Rhyne defense that led the conference in total defense, pass defense, rushing defense, and scoring defense. Shuford, a senior safety, recorded 78 tackles and had three interceptions. He was one of six Bears named to the All-Conference team. Shuford was joined on the first-team defense by defensive lineman Brandon Martin and linebacker Demetrius Green, while Rearden was a first-team pick on offense.
Wingate had four first-team selections in running back Nelson Woods, who rushed for 1,055 yards, offensive lineman Mike Arndt, linebacker Greg Harmon and return specialist Perry Floyd. Floyd was a two-time All-Conference selection, earning second-team honors at wide receiver.
Carson-Newman College had nine total All-Conference selections, including four on the first team. Defensive back Mario Russell was named to the first team for the third year in a row. He is joined by offensive lineman Michael Tribue, last year’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner, punter Chris Jones and defensive lineman Zeke Andrews.
Catawba had three first-team selections on the defense. Defensive back Jumal Rolle, who led the league in interceptions and forced fumbles, was joined by lineman Julian Hartsell and return specialist LJ McCray.
Five of Mars Hill College’s six All-Conference selections were named to the first team. Running back Jonas Randolph, who led the conference in rushing for the second year in a row, is joined on the first team offense by wide-receiver P.J. Gore and tight end Allen Woerner. Linebacker Rudy Cabral, who led the conference with 104 total tackles, and defensive lineman Maurice Harris, who had a league-best 11 sacks, were named to the first team defense.
Newberry had five total All-Conference selections, including three on the first team. Wide receiver David Pressley, who set school records for receptions and receiving yardage, was joined by offensive lineman Matt Holmes and defensive back Ron Parker, the 2009 SAC Defensive Player of the Year, who had 69 tackles and a league-best five interceptions.
Dennis is a senior quarterback from Durham, N.C., majoring in Therapuetic Recreation and carries a 3.807 GPA.
He is a three-year starter for the Indians, and holds school records for career passing efficiency, career completion percentage and single-season passing efficiency. He threw for a career-high 384 yards against Newberry this season, the fourth-best performance in school history. He has thrown for 45 touchdowns in his career.
Dennis graduated last May, and is currently in graduate school. He was named to the Presidential Honor Roll twice and to the Dean’s List four times. He was a Presidential Scholar and a member of Alpha Chi honor society. He was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team in 2008.
Dennis has volunteered as a mentor and tutor at local elementary and middle schools. He also worked as a classroom volunteer for children with autism and other special needs. He also has helped at a local soup kitchen.
A complete list of the 2010 South Atlantic All-Conference Team follows:
2010 All-South Atlantic Conference Football Teams & League Awards
Quarterback – Bo Cordell, Tusculum
Wide Receiver – P.J. Gore, Mars Hill
Wide Receiver – David Pressley, Newberry
Wide Receiver – Deonte’ Gist, Tusculum
Running Back – Kelvin Jeter, Brevard
Running Back – Jonas Randolph, Mars Hill
Running Back – Nelson Woods, Wingate
Offensive Lineman – Michael Tribue, Carson-Newman
Offensive Lineman – Chandler Rearden, Lenoir-Rhyne
Offensive Lineman – Matt Holmes, Newberry
Offensive Lineman – Hannibal Ruiz, Tusculum
Offensive Lineman – Mike Arndt, Wingate
Tight End – Allen Woerner, Mars Hill
Long Snapper – Skylar West, Tusculum
Punter – Chris Jones, Carson-Newman
Placekicker – Gareth Rowlands, Tusculum
Defensive Lineman – Zeke Andrews, Carson-Newman
Defensive Lineman – Julian Hartsell, Catawba
Defensive Lineman – Brandon Martin, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Lineman – Maurice Harris, Mars Hill
Linebacker – Prince Simunyu, Brevard
Linebacker – Demetrius Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
Linebacker – Rudy Cabral, Mars Hill
Linebacker – Greg Harmon, Wingate
Defensive Back – Mario Russell, Carson-Newman
Defensive Back – Jumal Rolle, Catawba
Defensive Back – Marcus Shuford, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Back – Ron Parker, Newberry
Return Specialist – LJ McCray, Catawba
Return Specialist – Perry Floyd, Wingate
Quarterback – Cody Haffly, Wingate
Wide Receiver – Brandon Bunn, Catawba
Wide Receiver – Delric Ellington, Wingate
Wide Receiver – Perry Floyd, Wingate
Running Back – Nate Inman, Carson-Newman
Running Back – Brandon Baker, Carson-Newman
Running Back – Josh Wright, Catawba
Offensive Lineman – Darrell Neely, Brevard
Offensive Lineman – Kevin Day, Carson-Newman
Offensive Lineman – Lavar Marsh, Catawba
Offensive Lineman – Zane Gibson, Catawba
Offensive Lineman – Kaleb Myrick, Lenoir-Rhyne
Tight End – Michael Rodriguez, Tusculum
Long Snapper – DJ Davis, Catawba
Punter – Eric Watts, Brevard
Placekicker – RP Lopez, Wingate
Defensive Lineman – Damein Lee, Catawba
Defensive Lineman –Nelson Bullard, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Lineman – Arterio Arnold, Newberry
Defensive Lineman – Terrence Smith, Tusculum
Linebacker – Anthony McAlister, Carson-Newman
Linebacker – Lakeem Perry, Catawba
Linebacker – Josh Baker, Mars Hill
Linebacker – Apollo Stretch, Newberry
Defensive Back – Salonik Amos, Brevard
Defensive Back – Tarvin Jones, Carson-Newman
Defensive Back – Robert Fletcher, Wingate
Defensive Back – Terrance Stephens, Wingate
Offensive Player Of The Year – Bo Cordell, Tusculum
Defensive Player Of The Year – Marcus Shuford, Lenoir-Rhyne
Offensive Freshman Of The Year – Kelvin Jeter, Brevard
Defensive Freshman Of The Year – Damein Lee, Catawba
Jacobs Blocking Trophy – Chandler Rearden, Lenoir-Rhyne
Coach Of The Year – Joe Reich, Wingate
Scholar-Athlete – Patrick Dennis, Catawba
Rushing Yards Per Game - Jonas Randolph, Mars Hill, 124.3
Passing Yards Per Game - Bo Cordell, Tusculum, 423.4
Total Offense Per Game - Bo Cordell, Tusculum, 425.5
Receptions Per Game - Deonte' Gist, Tusculum, 8.73
Receiving Yards Per Game - David Pressley, Newberry, 111.7
All-Purpose Yards Per Game - Perry Floyd, Wingate, 187.8
Interceptions Per Game - Ron Parker, Newberry, 0.56
Pass Efficiency Rating - Cody Haffly, Wingate, 161.7
Punt Return Average - Perry Floyd, Wingate, 15.2
Kick Return Average - Kamaal McIlwain, Newberry, 33.0
Punting Average - Eric Watts, Brevard, 42.9
Scoring Average (Touchdowns) - Major Herron, Lenoir-Rhyne, 8.7
Scoring Average (Kicking) - Gareth Rowlands, Tusculum, 10.1
Field Goal Percentage - Gareth Rowlands, Tusculum, 80.8
Tackles Per Game - Rudy Cabral, Mars Hill, 9.5
Sacks Per Game - Maurice Harris, Mars Hill; Brandon Martin, Lenoir-Rhyne, 1.00
Tackles For Loss Per Game - Maurice Harris, Mars Hill, 1.36
Field Goals Per Game - Gareth Rowlands, Tusculum, 1.91
Scoring Offense - Tusculum, 39.9
Scoring Defense - Lenoir-Rhyne, 20.3
Passing Offense - Tusculum, 424.8
Passing Defense - Lenoir-Rhyne, 200.9
Rushing Offense - Lenoir-Rhyne, 319.5
Rushing Defense - Lenoir-Rhyne, 75.7
Total Offense - Tusculum, 484.6
Total Defense - Lenoir-Rhyne, 276.6