Newberry College leads the way on the 2010 Preseason All-South Atlantic Conference football team, which was released by the league office today. The Wolves have a conference-best 10 selections, with three players on the first team and seven on the second team. The Wolves are predicted to finish fourth in conference play according to the annual coaches’ poll, which was also released today.
Wide receiver Brandon Bostick, center Matt Holmes and safety Ron Parker earned first team nods, while wide receiver David Pressley, tackle Chase Gamble, tackle Ben Inabinet, defensive end Derrell Kinard, linebacker R.J. Reeder, linebacker Josh Williams and cornerback Kamaal McIlwain were all named to the second team.
Newberry’s 10 preseason all-conference picks ranks the Wolves just ahead of league favorite Carson-Newman and Tusculum, which each had nine selections.
The Wolves are picked to finish fourth in the conference this season, earning 42 points in the coaches’ poll, just behind Mars Hill in third place with 44 points. Carson-Newman received 58 points with five first place votes and is the pick to repeat as conference champions. Wingate is in second with 51 points and two first place votes. Lenoir-Rhyne received the other first place vote, but is picked sixth in the poll.
Newberry was picked to finish sixth last season, but finished in a tie for third in the first season under head coach Todd Knight. Newberry tied for the league championship in 2008 after a second place prediction.
The Wolves start their season on Saturday, September 4, with a home game against Livingstone College. Kickoff at Setzler Field is set for 6:30 p.m.