|Six L-R Players Earn All-Region Honors|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Wednesday, 04 December 2013 23:37|
Six members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team earned 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Super Region II honors.
Of the six, four Bears were picked to the first team: sophomore offensive lineman Joe Ray (Atlanta, Ga.), senior placekicker Zach Neumann (Mechanicsville, Md.), junior defensive lineman Blake Baker (Bethlehem, N.C.) and senior defensive back Michael Green (Kingsland, Ga.).
Ray won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy this fall, given annually to the top offensive lineman in the South Atlantic Conference, and anchors a line which has helped the Bears rank first in NCAA Division II in rushing at 371.9 yards per game.
Neumann, a two-time all-conference honoree (2012-13), is currently 14-of-17 in field goal attempts this season and 49-of-52 on point-after-tries and his 91 points so far this year is a school single-season record for points by a kicker.
Green, the 2013 SAC Defensive Player Of The Year, leads the league in interceptions with seven to go along with 74 tackles this year and is school's all-time leader in career return yards for punts (857) and interceptions (374). Green has now earned all-league and all-region honors for the past three years (2011-13).
Baker has 45 tackles this year including 16.5 takedowns for a loss to go along with a conference-high 10.5 quarterback sacks. Baker, a 2013 First-Team All-SAC pick, is a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award, given annually to the top defensive lineman in Division II.
L-R senior offensive lineman Zack Bunn (Lucama, N.C.) and junior linebacker Tanner Botts (Lawrenceville, Ga.) were named to the all-region second team.
Both Bunn and Botts were First-Team All-SAC selections while Botts (110 tackles) leads the squad in takedowns for the second straight year. Botts also has a pair of quarterback sacks, seven pass break-ups and three forced fumbles this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne (11-1), winners of 11 straight games and ranked No. 13 in the nation, will host 16th-ranked North Alabama (10-2) in the national quarterfinals this Saturday at Noon.
Selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) who represent Division II football schools in the region, these players represent some of the finest student-athletes in the Gulf South, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic and South Atlantic Conferences, as well as two independent institutions.
The team, which is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems, is voted on by members of the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA).
2013 NCAA Division II Daktronics
All-Super Region II Football Teams
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB - Bo Cordell, Tusculum, Sr., 6-1, 205, Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill HS
TE - Wesley Powell, Tusculum, Jr., 6-10, 265, Titus, Ala./Elmore County HS
WR - Freddie Martino, North Greenville, Sr., 6-0, 195, North, S.C./North HS
WR - Corey Washington, Newberry, Sr., 6-4, 200, North Charleston, S.C./Georgia Military Academy
RB - Shaikel Davis, Mars Hill, Jr., 5-10, 170, East Flat Rock, N.C./East Henderson HS
RB - Javae Swindle, West Alabama, So., 5-4, 160, Thorsby, Ala./Jemison HS
OL - Robbie Ignagni, Carson-Newman, Sr., 6-3, 320, Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp HS
OL - Wes Carter, UNC Pembroke, Sr., 6-5, 280, Albemarle, N.C./North Stanly HS
OL - Joe Ray, Lenoir-Rhyne, So., 6-0, 245, Atlanta, Ga./Druid Hills HS
OL - Jamal Ellis, Newberry, Sr., 6-4, 315, Pelzer, S.C./Wren HS
OL - Tyler Sizemore, North Alabama, Sr., 6-2, 305, Apalachicola, Fla./Troy Univ.
OL - Alex Taylor, Carson-Newman, Sr., 6-3, 285, Bristol, Tenn./Tennessee HS
RS - Jason Livingston, Newberry, Sr., 5-10, 175, Conway, S.C./Conway HS
K - Zach Neumann, Lenoir-Rhyne, Sr., 5-7, 180, Mechanicsville, Md./La Plata HS
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL - Blake Baker, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., 6-1, 215, Bethlehem, N.C./Alexander Central HS
DL - Matt Turner, UNC Pembroke, Jr., 6-0, 225, Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor HS
DL - Troy Harris, Mars Hill, Sr., 6-4, 260, Orlando, Fla./Winter Park HS
LB - Chris Pope, Valdosta State Sr., 6-1, 235, Jackson, Ga./Jackson HS
LB - Jaycob Coleman, Carson-Newman, Sr., 6-1, 205, Norton, Va./John I. Burton HS
LB - Edmond Robinson, Newberry, Jr., 6-4, 230, Wadmalaw Island, S.C./St. John's HS
LB - Tavarius Wilson, North Alabama, Sr., 5-11, 235, Jackson, Miss./Hinds CC
S - Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne, Sr., 6-0, 195, Kingsland, Ga./Camden Co. HS
S - Caleb Massey, North Alabama, Sr., 6-0, 225, Sulligent, Ala./Troy Univ.
CB - L.J. Stroman, UNC Pembroke, Jr., 5-10, 185, Hamlet, N.C./Richmond Senior HS
CB - Thomas Wolfe, III, Fort Valley State, Sr., 6-0, 190, Marietta, Ga./Wheeler HS
P - James Dugan, West Georgia, So., 6-5, 180, Carrollton, Ga./Carrollton HS
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB - Luke Charles, UNC Pembroke, Sr., 6-1, 215, Murphy, N.C./Murphy HS
TE - Mabry Cook, North Alabama, Sr., 6-2, 240, Brewton, Ala./T.R. Miller HS
WR - Dimitri Holmes, Mars Hill, Jr., 5-10, 165, Athens, Ga./Clarke Central HS
WR - Justin Houston, Tusculum, So., 5-8, 180, Cleveland, Tenn./Bradley Central HS
RB - Brandon Baker, Carson-Newman, Sr., 5-11, 210, Miami, Fla./American Senior HS
RB - Jacquise Lockett, Kentucky State, Jr., 6-2, 230, Fulton, Ky./Fulton City HS
OL - Brandon White, West Georgia, Sr., 6-5, 305, Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain HS
OL - Zack Bunn, Lenoir-Rhyne, Sr., 6-2, 260, Lucama, N.C./James B. Hunt HS
OL - David Lundberg, North Alabama, Sr., 6-1, 310, Winfield, Ala./Winfield HS
OL - Taylor Burnett, West Alabama, Sr., 6-3, 270, Spanish Fort, Ala./Spanish Fort HS
RS - Philbert Martial, North Alabama, Fr., 5-10, 175, Mobile, Ala./McGill-Toolen HS
K - Mark Grant, West Alabama, Fr.-RS, 5-7, 160, Panama City, Fla./Moseley HS
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL - Mario Gainer, West Alabama, Sr., 6-0, 245, Gautier, Miss./Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
DL - Javaris Neal, Carson-Newman, So., 6-2, 245, Columbia, Tenn./Zion Christian Academy
DL - Letavious Williams, Newberry, Sr., 6-3, 265, Ware Shoals, S.C./Ware Shoals HS
DL - Taylor Carney, North Alabama, Jr., 6-2, 275, Killen, Ala./Lambuth Univ.
LB - Brian Alexander, Tusculum, Sr., 6-2, 245, Union Point, Ga./Greene County HS
LB - Sammy Siasia, Mars Hill, Sr., 5-10, 190, Marietta, Ga./Dean CC
LB - Gabe Poe, North Alabama, Sr., 5-10, 210, Pheba, Miss./East Mississippi CC
LB - Tanner Botts, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., 6-2, 230, Lawrenceville, Ga./Peachtree Ridge HS
S - David Davis, Newberry, Sr., 6-0, 185, Columbia, S.C./Ridge View HS
S - L.J. McCray, Catawba, Sr., 6-1, 215, Charlotte, N.C./Harding HS
CB - Malcolm Butler, West Alabama, Sr., 5-11, 180, Vicksburg, Miss./Hinds CC
CB - Jack Howard, Lane, Sr., 5-11, 170, Miami, Fla./Sebring HS
P - Kyle Clark, Newberry, So., 6-4, 170, Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort HS
Super Region II Offensive Player Of The Year - Bo Cordell, Tusculum
Super Region II Defensive Player Of The Year - Tavarius Wilson, North Alabama
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