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Five Bears Named Preseason All-SAC PDF Print
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Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:58

Six members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team garnered 2012 All-South Atlantic Conference Preseason accolades, the league office announced this afternoon. Of the six players on the Bears roster, five garnered first-

team preseason all-conference honors. On offense, sophomore fullback Isaiah Whitaker (Salisbury, N.C.) was selected to the first team after finishing second on the squad in rushing yards last year with 815 to go along with six touchdowns.  Whitaker's performance landed him on the all-league second team in addition to all-region accolades in 2011.
Junior Michael Green (Kingsland, Ga.) was named to the 2012 All-SAC Preseason First Team as both a defensive back and return specialist.
Michael Green finished second on the squad last season in tackles with 63 to go along with a team-high three interceptions on defense en route to all-league and all-region honors.
As a punt returner, Michael Green led the league in return average (18.0) and returned two punts for touchdowns last fall. For his efforts, Michael Green was named an All-American as a return specialist last year.
Rounding out the 2012 All-South Atlantic Conference Preseason First Team for the Bears were senior defensive lineman Brandon Martin (Roebuck, S.C.) and senior linebacker Demetrius Green (Cedartown, Ga.). Martin finished with 26 tackles and 5.5 quarterback sacks in 2011 and has been a first-team all-conference performer the past two seasons while Demetrius Green was named the South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player Of The Year last fall after leading the squad in tackles (77). Demetrius Green was an all-region pick as well.
All three players - Demetrius Green, Michael Green and Martin - earned preseason NCAA Division II All-American honors by the Beyond Sports Network this summer. The trio anchors a defense which led the SAC last season at 284.4 yards per outing, 10th-best in NCAA Division II.
The lone preseason all-league second-team performer for L-R was junior halfback Corron Boston (Durham, N.C.). Boston finished third on the squad in rushing yards (564) while averaging 7.3 yards per carry and scoring seven touchdowns.
L-R opens the season on Saturday, September 1, against Concord in Athens, W.Va., beginning at 7:00 p.m. Lenoir-Rhyne faces Davidson in its home opener on Saturday, September 8, at 7:00 p.m., as well.


2012 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Football Teams


QB - Bo Cordell, Tusculum
RB - Tryon Douglas, Carson-Newman
RB - Isaiah Whitaker, Lenoir-Rhyne
RB - John Gadson, Newberry
WR - Dimitri Holmes, Mars Hill
WR - Chris Bowden, Wingate
WR - Eric Watts, Brevard
TE - Brandon Ellington, Wingate
OL - Kevin Day, Carson-Newman
OL - Nick Allison, Mars Hill
OL - Alex Taylor, Carson-Newman
OL - Garrett Johnson, Brevard
OL - Lequawn James, Newberry
PK - Logan Cornelius, Tusculum
RS - Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne


DL - CJ Barksdale, Catawba
DL - Brandon Martin, Lenoir-Rhyne
DL - Damein Lee, Catawba
DL - Troy Harris, Mars Hill
LB - Rudy Cabral, Mars Hill
LB - Apollo Stretch, Newberry
LB - Demetrius Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
LB - Jared Seate, Wingate
DB - Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
DB - David Davis, Newberry
DB - Marvin James, Mars Hill
DB - Jumal Rolle, Catawba
P - Eric Watts, Brevard
LS - Skylar West, Tusculum


QB - Jon Richt, Mars Hill
RB - Kelvin Jeter, Brevard
RB - Corron Boston, Lenoir-Rhyne
RB - Brian Marshall, Tusculum
WR - Jason Brown, Carson-Newman
WR - Nate Charest, Catawba
WR - Bryan Caffrey, Wingate
TE - Wesley Powell, Tusculum
OL - Andrew Velazquez, Brevard
OL - Lucas Mathis, Carson-Newman
OL - Ethan Winn, Catawba
OL - Neil Dwyer, Mars Hill
OL - Israel Pickens, Tusculum
PK - Matthew Sierk, Wingate
RS - Jason Livingston, Newberry


DL - Marvin Lawson, Brevard
DL - Mam Nyang, Mars Hill
DL - Adim Obata, Newberry
DL - DeShon Collins, Carson-Newman
LB - Cory Johnson, Catawba
LB - Brian Alexander, Tusculum
LB - Rufus Jenkins, Brevard
LB - Richie Kazazian, Wingate
DB - Luke Harris, Tusculum
DB - Oliver Davis, Carson-Newman
DB - Timmy Rogers, Wingate
DB - Tarvin Jones, Carson-Newman
P - JoJo Morris, Newberry
P - Andy Rosetti, Tusculum
LS - DJ Davis, Catawba


Photo Courtesy: Michael Green, L-R Athletics

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