Rock Hill, S.C. – Quarterback Jaquan Marsh has been named Offensive Freshman of the Year, while the Tornados have four All-SAC selections as announced by the league office on Tuesday.
Marsh rushed for 356 yards and three touchdowns in eight games this season in BC’s option attack. He added 120 yards and a touchdown through the air.
Eric Watts was a first-team pick at both tight end and punter this season for BC. Watts led the SAC in punting average with 43.29 yards per punt, which was sixth in all of Division II. Watts hauled in 316 receiving yards and three touchdowns while drawing double coverage from opponents for much of the season.
Sophomore Michael Gruber was selected as a first-team linebacker after setting a Brevard College single-season record with 117 tackles this season. Gruber also had two interceptions, four-and-a-half tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble.
Andrew Velazquez rounded out Brevard’s All-SAC selections, earning a spot as a second-team offensive lineman.
This season marked the first time in SAC history that voting for both of the conference’s Player of the Year awards ended in ties. Carson-Newman quarterback Brandon Haywood and Wingate wide receiver Chris Bowden were selected as co-Offensive Players of the Year, while Mars Hill defensive lineman Troy Harris and Catawba linebacker Cory Johnson were picked as the co-Defensive Players of the Year.
Haywood was one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks in 2012, amassing 958 passing yards and 837 rushing yards during the regular season for the Eagles, who earned a selection to the NCAA Division II Football Championship after going 8-2 overall. Haywood led the conference with 14 rushing touchdowns and added seven more through the air.
Bowden, meanwhile, put together one of the most prolific seasons by a receiver in conference history, setting a league record with 1,343 yards in 2012. He tied for second in Division II by averaging 9.64 receptions per game and ranked third in the nation in receiving yards per game with an average of 122.09. The senior also scored nine touchdowns.
On the defensive side, Harris ranked third in the league with five sacks, third in fumble recoveries with two and 10th in tackles with 84, leading a Mars Hill unit that ranked third in the conference in total defense.
Johnson was the SAC’s top tackler in 2012, finishing with 130 for the Indians. He also added five tackles for-loss, two forced fumbles and a sack this season.
After going 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the SAC, Lenoir-Rhyne had a league-best seven players earn first-team All-Conference selections. L-R’s offense, which led the nation in rushing during the regular season, was represented on the First Team by running back Jarrod Spears and offensive lineman Kaleb Myrick.
The Lenoir-Rhyne defensive unit – which ranked first in the SAC in scoring defense and second in total defense – had five first-team selections in defensive lineman Brandon Martin, linebackers Tanner Botts and Demetrius Green, and defensive backs Michael Green and Myer Nolan. Demetrius Green was the SAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.
Led by Haywood, Carson-Newman had nine All-SAC selections, including five on the First Team. In addition to Haywood, the C-N offense was represented on the First Team by running back Brandon Baker, offensive lineman Kevin Day and kicker Curt Duncan. The Eagles were the nation’s No. 2 rushing offense during the regular season.
Defensive lineman DeShon Collins, who anchored the C-N defense, also earned first-team honors.
Catawba and Tusculum both placed eight student-athletes on the All-SAC Team, including three first-team picks for the Indians and two for the Pioneers.
Joining Johnson on the First Team from Catawba were defensive back Jumal Rolle and return specialist L.J. McCray. Rolle led the SAC and tied for 10th in Division II with six interceptions in 2012.
Tusculum’s first-team picks were long snapper Skylar West and defensive back Luke Harris.
Mars Hill and Wingate – which both went 5-2 in SAC play this season – each had seven All-SAC selections.
MHC placed five on the First Team in Harris, wide receiver Dimitri Holmes, running back Shaikel Davis, offensive lineman Nick Allison and defensive lineman Mam Nyang. Davis led the SAC in rushing in 2012 with 1,173 yards, while Holmes – last season’s SAC Offensive Freshman of the Year -- ranked third in the league and 15th in Division II with 992 receiving yards.
Joining Bowden on the First Team from Wingate was offensive lineman Joseph So.
Newberry had five All-SAC picks, led by first-team honorees LeQuawn James at offensive lineman, Corey Washington at wide receiver and Apollo Stretch at linebacker. Stretch completed his final year for the Wolves ranked sixth in the SAC in tackles with 103 and ninth in interceptions with two.
Voting for the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which recognizes the top offensive lineman in the conference, also ended in a tie this season, going to Lenoir-Rhyne’s Myrick and Carson-Newman’s Day.
L-R head coach Mike Houston, who led his team to its first NCAA Football Championship selection in program history, was picked as the SAC Coach of the Year. He shared the award with Mars Hill’s Tim Clifton last season.
Rounding out the SAC’s major individual awards was Defensive Freshman of the Year Jarvis Neal from Carson-Newman.
Neal finished the regular season with 28 tackles and two sacks at the defensive lineman position for C-N.
The All-SAC Team and each of the conference’s major individual awards are voted on by the league’s head coaches.
SAC Co-Offensive Players Of The Year – Brandon Haywood, Carson-Newman and Chris Bowden,Wingate
SAC Co-Defensive Players Of The Year – Troy Harris, Mars Hill and Cory Johnson, Catawba
SAC Offensive Freshman Of The Year – Jaquan Marsh, Brevard
SAC Defensive Freshman Of The Year – Jarvis Neal, Carson-Newman
SAC Jacobs Blocking Trophy – Kaleb Myrick, Lenoir-Rhyne and Kevin Day, Carson-Newman
SAC Coach Of The Year – Mike Houston, Lenoir-Rhyne
First Team Offense
Quarterback – Brandon Haywood, Carson-Newman
Wide Receiver – Chris Bowden, Wingate
Wide Receiver – Dimitri Holmes, Mars Hill
Wide Receiver – Corey Washington, Newberry
Running Back – Brandon Baker, Carson-Newman
Running Back – Jarrod Spears, Lenoir-Rhyne
Running Back – Shaikel Davis, Mars Hill
Offensive Lineman – Kaleb Myrick, Lenoir-Rhyne
Offensive Lineman – Kevin Day, Carson-Newman
Offensive Lineman – Nick Allison, Mars Hill
Offensive Lineman – Joseph So, Wingate
Offensive Lineman – LeQuawn James, Newberry
Tight End – Eric Watts, Brevard
Long Snapper – Skylar West, Tusculum
Punter – Eric Watts, Brevard
Placekicker – Curt Duncan, Carson-Newman
First Team Defense
Defensive Lineman – Brandon Martin, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Lineman – Troy Harris, Mars Hill
Defensive Lineman – Mam Nyang, Mars Hill
Defensive Lineman – DeShon Collins, Carson-Newman
Linebacker – Cory Johnson, Catawba
Linebacker – Tanner Botts, Lenoir-Rhyne
Linebacker – Apollo Stretch, Newberry
Linebacker – Michael Gruber, Brevard
Linebacker – Demetrius Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Back – Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Back – Jumal Rolle, Catawba
Defensive Back – Myer Nolan, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Back – Luke Harris, Tusculum
Return Specialist – L.J. McCray, Catawba
Second Team Offense
Quarterback – Reuben Haynes, Lenoir-Rhyne
Wide Receiver – Xzanvion Smith, Tusculum
Wide Receiver – Nate Charest, Catawba
Wide Receiver – Duenta Jennings, Mars Hill
Running Back – Brian Marshall, Tusculum
Running Back – Isaiah Whitaker, Lenoir-Rhyne
Running Back – Tyron Douglas, Carson-Newman
Offensive Lineman – Israel Pickens, Tusculum
Offensive Lineman – Alex Taylor, Carson-Newman
Offensive Lineman – Andrew Velazquez, Brevard
Offensive Lineman – Parker Murray, Lenoir-Rhyne
Offensive Lineman – Ethan Winn, Catawba
Tight End – Mark Clyburn, Wingate
Long Snapper – D.J. Davis, Catawba
Punter – Andy Rosetti, Tusculum
Placekicker – Zach Neumann, Lenoir-Rhyne
Second Team Defense
Defensive Lineman – Jacob Hanes, Catawba
Defensive Lineman – Letavious Williams, Newberry
Defensive Lineman – Damein Lee, Catawba
Defensive Lineman – Malcolm Ricks, Wingate
Defensive Lineman – Nick Napolitano, Wingate
Linebacker – Jared Seate, Wingate
Linebacker – Rudy Cabral, Mars Hill
Linebacker – Brian Alexander, Tusculum
Defensive Back – Oliver Davis, Carson-Newman
Defensive Back – Isaac Kinley, Carson-Newman
Defensive Back – Timmy Rogers, Wingate
Defensive Back – Brian Spencer, Newberry
Return Specialist – Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne and Xzanvion Smith, Tusculum
SAC STATISTICAL CHAMPIONS
Rushing Yards per Game – Shaikel Davis, Mars Hill (117.3)
Passing Yards per Game – Robbie Nallenweg, Wingate (332.2)
Total Offense per Game – Robbie Nallenweg, Wingate (323.3)
Receptions per Game – Chris Bowden, Wingate (9.64)
Receiving Yards per Game – Chris Bowden, Wingate (122.1)
All-Purpose Yards per Game – Brian Marshall, Tusculum (163.5)
Pass Efficiency Rating – Reuben Haynes, Lenoir-Rhyne (168.8)
Punt Return Average – Brian Marshall, Tusculum (10.8)
Kick Return Average – L.J. McCray, Catawba (29.2)
Punting Average – Eric Watts, Brevard (43.0)
Scoring Average (TDs) – Brandon Haywood, Carson-Newamn (8.40)
Scoring Average (Kicking) – Curt Duncan, Carson-Newman and Zach Neumann, Lenoir-Rhyne (8.00)
Field Goals per Game – Zach Neumann, Lenoir-Rhyne (1.30)
Field Goal Percentage – Zach Neumann, Lenoir-Rhyne (.930)
Tackles per Game – Cory Johnson, Catawba (11.82)
Sacks per Game – Nick Napolitano, Wingate (0.68)
Tackles for Loss per Game – Troy Harris, Mars Hill (1.20)
Interceptions per Game – Jumal Rolle, Catawba (0.55)
Scoring Offense – Carson-Newman (41.0)
Scoring Defense – Lenoir-Rhyne (16.4)
Passing Offense – Wingate (333.3)
Passing Defense – Mars Hill (158.4)
Rushing Offense – Lenoir-Rhyne (384.4)
Rushing Defense – Lenoir-Rhyne (94.5)
Total Offense – Carson-Newman (478.2)
Total Defense – Wingate (344.2)