After spectacular performances in Newberry College’s 63-56 road win over then-No. 23 Tusculum College on Saturday, the Wolves’ quarterback Bryan Ehrlich and wide receiver Brandon Bostick have both been named the South Atlantic Conference’s Offensive Players of the Week, as announced by the league office today.
While the conference normally only recognizes one player of the week in each category, record-shattering performances by Bostick (Florence, S.C.) and Ehrlich (San Antonio, Texas) led the conference office to name both players to the honor.
Bostick established a new record for receiving yards in a game for the South Atlantic Conference, Newberry College and the state of South Carolina, catching 11 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns of 37, 71 and 50 yards. He averaged 29.3 yards per completion, with nine of his 11 catches resulting in Newberry first downs. The performance ranks eighth in the history of Division II football, just one yard behind the seventh-best game. His game breaks the previous SAC and state record of 275 yards set by Presbyterian’s D.J. Humphries against West Georgia in 2001, as well as the previous Newberry College record of 200 yards set by Derrick Higgins against North Greenville in 2003.
Ehrlich set the conference and school records for touchdown passes and touchdown responsibility while setting a Newberry record for passing yardage. He went 23-of-40 for 515 yards and seven touchdowns of 37, 71, 36, 36, 2, 50 and 11 yards. He also rushed for a 1-yard touchdown, making him responsible for eight total touchdowns in the game. His 515-yard performance breaks the previous Newberry record of 448 yards set by Eric McCollom at Tusculum in 2008 and is second in state history behind Presbyterian’s Todd Cunningham, who had 542 yards against Tusculum in 2001 to set the SAC record. Ehrlich’s performance ranks third in the SAC record books.