Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Duo are recognized by Don Hansen's list

Neville Bryce and Eric Watts have been recognized as Don Hansen’s Football Gazette Division II All-America Honorable Mention selections, as announced Monday afternoon.

The Don Hansen Division II All-America Team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.

The Don Hansen Football Committee selected All-Super Region teams in December and early January, with the first-team and second-team All-Super Region players advancing to the national ballot.

A total of 167 players earned some form of Don Hansen All-America honors. Players from 77 of the 150 football-playing schools in Division II earned Don Hansen All-America accolades. National Champion Minnesota Duluth and national semifinalist Northwest Missouri State led the way by placing nine players apiece on All-America squad.

Bryce and Watts were both recognized earlier this month on the All-Super Region Two team, capping off a season in which the Tornados went 4-7, 1-6 in South Atlantic Conference play, winning their season finale against Mars Hill College to cap a solid two-year turnaround in the program.

Neville Bryce, a senior from Cades, S.C., finished up his Brevard playing career with a stellar senior season in which the 6-0, 220 pound fullback carried the ball 112 times for 656 yards, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. Bryce averaged 72.9 yards per game, starting seven games in the Tornados backfield, and found the end zone 11 times during the regular season, including nine in the final four games of the season, including four times against Wingate and three in the season finale against Mars Hill College. Bryce finished out his career at Brevard College as the Tornados all-time leading rusher with 1,254 yards.

Eric Watts, the 2010 All-SAC Second Team punter from Powhatan, Va. led the South Atlantic Conference in punting average, averaging 42.9 yards per attempt, with a season long of 73 yards coming against Johnson C. Smith on September 18th. Watts placed 14 kicks inside the 20 yard line on the season, with five punts traveling farther than 55 yards. Watts currently possesses nine of the 10 longest punts in Brevard College history and will look to build on that next year. In addition to his duties as punter, Watts was also the Tornados top receiver in the 2010 season, catching 18 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 21.5 yards per catch.