Football Places Six on Preseason Team, Picked 7th in Coaches' Poll


ROCK HILL, SC – Catawba College was picked seventh in the 2013 South Atlantic Conference preseason coaches’ poll while the team placed six players at seven spots on the preseason all-conference teams.  The poll and the teams were released early this week.

Catawba is coming off a 4-7 campaign where it finished sixth in the SAC.  LJ McCray earned first team preseason honors at both return specialist and defensive back.  He was joined on the first team by defensive lineman Jacob Hanes and punter Chad Hollandsworth.  Second team honors went to wide receiver Nate Charest, defensive lineman Damein Lee and linebacker Jason Taylor. 

McCray, a senior, has been one of the top kick returners in the nation his last two seasons.  He led the nation in 2010 before missing almost all of the 2011 season.  Last year, he averaged 29.2 yards a return with one touchdown.  On defense, McCray was third on the team with 79 tackles and added a pair of interceptions.

Hanes, a senior, posted 41 tackles and a team-high eight stops for losses last season.  He was also in on three sacks, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.  Hollandsworth averaged 37.2 yards per punt last year as a freshman.  He had 14 of his 67 attempts downed inside the opponent 20-yard-line.

Charest enters his senior season ranked 13th on Catawba’s all-time receiving list.  A year ago he caught a team-leading 52 passes for 588 yards and five scores.  Lee, a senior, posted three sacks and four stops for losses among his 33 tackles.  He also forced a pair of fumbles.  Taylor, a junior, was second on the team with 83 tackles with a sack and an interception.

2013 SAC Football Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Carson-Newman, 59 (4)
2. Lenoir-Rhyne, 55 (4)
3. Wingate, 48
4. Mars Hill, 39
5. Newberry, 34
6. Tusculum, 26
7. Catawba, 19
8. Brevard, 8

2013 Preseason All-South Atlantic Conference Football Teams

QB – Bo Cordell, Tusculum
RB – Brandon Baker, Carson-Newman
RB – Jarrod Spears, Lenoir-Rhyne
RB – Shaikel Davis, Mars Hill
WR – Dimitri Holmes, Mars Hill
WR – Corey Washington, Newberry
WR – Duenta Jennings, Mars Hill
TE – Mark Clyburn, Wingate
OL – Nick Allison, Mars Hill
OL – Alex Taylor, Carson-Newman
OL – Andrew Velazquez, Brevard
OL – Parker Murray, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL – Robby Ignani, Carson-Newman
PK – Curt Duncan, Carson-Newman
RS – LJ McCray, Catawba

DL – Troy Harris, Mars Hill
DL – Jacob Hanes, Catawba
DL – Letavious Williams, Newberry
DL – Nick Napolitano, Wingate
LB – Tanner Botts, Lenoir-Rhyne
LB – Michael Gruber, Brevard
LB – Brian Alexander, Tusculum
LB – Jasper Mason, Mars Hill
DB – Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
DB – Myer Nolan, Lenoir-Rhyne
DB – Timmy Rogers, Wingate
DB – LJ McCray, Catawba
LS – Austin Crook, Newberry
P – Chad Hollandsworth, Catawba

QB – WT Murden, Newberry
RB – Isaiah Whitaker, Lenoir-Rhyne
RB – Tyrone Douglas, Carson-Newman
RB – Graham, Duncan, Lenoir-Rhyne
WR – Nate Charest, Catawba
WR – Jason Livinstone, Newberry
WR – Justin Houston, Tusculum
TE – Wesley Powell, Tusculum
OL – Lucas Mathis, Carson-Newman
OL – Zach Bunn, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL – Jamal Ellis, Newberry
OL – David Davis, Tusculum
OL – Mike Miller, Wingate
PK – Zach Neumann, Lenoir-Rhyne
RS – Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne

DL – Damein Lee, Catawba
DL – Javaris Neal, Carson-Newman
DL – B.J. Woodley, Lenoir-Rhyne
DL – Rommie Fairchild, Brevard
LB – Jaycob Coleman, Carson-Newman
LB – Jason Taylor, Catawba
LB – Billy Muscatello, Brevard
LB – BJ Mazyck, Newberry
DB – Sean Rawson, Carson-Newman
DB – David Davis, Newberry
DB – Kaytron Becton, Tusculum
DB – Jakeem Polk, Wingate
LS – Chase Lewis, Brevard
P – Austin Anthony, Wingate

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