Nine Catawba Indians Voted to Preseason All-SAC Football Teams


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- Catawba College placed nine players on the 2015 Preseason All-South Atlantic Conference football teams.  Three of those, Carlos Tarrats, Mark McDaniel and Kyle Kitchens were first team picks.  The teams were announced by the league office on Tuesday and are chosen by the league’s Football Media Relations Directors.

Defending South Atlantic Conference Champion Lenoir-Rhyne led the way with seven players on the preseason first-team.  Carson-Newman placed five players on the first-team, while Mars Hill and Newberry finished with four each.  Wingate and Catawba each earned three players on the first-team and Brevard rounded out the list with a pair of players earning first-team honors.

At the first-team quarterback position was De’Andre Thomas of Carson-Newman.  Thomas ran for 850 yards and 16 scores, while throwing for 1,170 yards and nine touchdowns for the Eagles during the 2014 season.

The running back corps consisted of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Michael Patrick and Jamel Harbison and Shaikel Davis from Mars Hill.  Patrick rushed for 788 yards for the Bears in 2014 and hit pay dirt nine times.  Harbison accounted for 1,204 yards during the 2014 season.  He also scored nine touchdowns and averaged 120 yards per game.  Davis spent the 2014 season on the sidelines with an injury after amassing 1,254 yards and eight scores during the 2013 season.

Justin Houston of Tusculum headlines the trio of wide receivers on the first team.  Houston led the South Atlantic Conference with 66 receptions a season-ago.  He accounted for 643 yards through the air and four touchdowns for the Pioneers in 2014.

Tarrats, a junior, and Jordan Berry from Wingate joined Houston on the list of first-team wide receivers.  Tarrats led the SAC with seven receiving touchdowns in 2014.  He totaled 39 catches for 661 yards and also threw a touchdown pass.  Berry found the end zone six times to go along with 50 catches and 585 yards.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Joe Ray anchors the first-team offensive linemen.  Ray earned the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the League’s top offensive lineman.  Josh Turner from Brevard, Stephen Nance of Newberry, Carson-Newman’s Tyler Scott and Dale Howard from Lenoir-Rhyne joined Ray on the list of first-team offensive linemen.

At the tight end position, Marquez Williams from Mars Hill earned first-team honors.  Williams caught seven balls for 100 yards and a score for the Lions a season ago.

Carson-Newman’s Lonnie Williams was picked as the first-team return specialist as he posted two touchdowns and averaged 34.1 yards per return for the Eagles in 2014.

Alex Noboa from Brevard was tabbed the first-team placekicker, while Dusty Nance of Carson-Newman earned first-team long snapper honors. 

Lenoir-Rhyne posted a pair of players on the first-team defensive line in Lendre Sparrow and Chris Green.  Newberry’s Alstevis Squirewell and Christiaan Davis from Mars Hill rounded out the list of first-team honorees.

Squirewell led the defensive line honorees with 66 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in 2014.  Davis accounted for 52 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks last season.  Green and Sparrow each posted 44 tackles in 2014. Green also totaled eight tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, while Sparrow came away with 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

The first-team linebacker quartet consisted of Eric Mapoles of Wingate, Taylor McDonnell from Newberry, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Rodney Singleton and sophomore Kitchens.

Mapoles recorded 72 tackles for the Bulldogs during the 2014 season as well as 7.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.  McDonnell led all first-team honorees with 13.5 tackles for loss to go along with 64 total tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Wolves last season.  Singleton brought down 63 opponents for the cardinal and black a season ago and chipped in seven tackles for loss, while Kitchens notched 49 tackles, nine tackles for loss and five sacks.

Wingate’s Brandon Hathaway highlights the list of defensive backs on the first-team.  Hathaway came away with six interceptions for the Bulldogs last season and totaled 72 tackles and five tackles for loss.  McDaniel, a senior, was close behind Hathaway with five interceptions.  McDaniel also registered nine breakups, six tackles for loss and 43 total stops.

Marcus Kincaid from Lenoir-Rhyne and Jerry Miclisse of Carson-Newman closed out the list of first-team honorees at defensive back.  Kincaid posted 77 tackles, eight breakups, 3.5 tackles for loss and one interception during the 2014 season, while Miclisse registered 62 tackles, a sack, seven breakups and four tackles for loss.

Kyle Clark from Newberry rounds out the list of first-team picks at the punter slot.  During the 2014 season, Clark averaged 39.3 yards per punt, including a long of 64 yards.  He put 30 balls inside the 20 yard line and gave up only five touchbacks on 54 total boots.

Second team honors for Catawba went to quarterback Mike Sheehan, running back David Burgess, offensive lineman Lewis McCormick, linebacker Jamal Lackey, placekicker Chad Hollandsworth and punter Caleb Berry.

Sheehan, a junior, led the league in most passing categories, throwing for 2273 yards and 17 touchdowns.  He completed just over 61% of his passes and also added 495 yards rushing with another 10 scores. 

Burgess, a junior, led the Indians in rushing with 577 yards and ran for five touchdowns.  He also caught 10 passes for 183 yards and three scores.  McCormick, a senior, is a three-year starter at tackle.

Lackey, a junior, posted 63 tackles last season.  He had 10 stops for losses and one sack.  He returned his one interception for a touchdown against Davidson. 

Hollandsworth, a senior, was perfect on 39 point-after tries and connected on seven field goals.  Three of those were from over 40 yards, including a career-long 48 at UNC Pembroke.  Berry, a sophomore, averaged 38 yards over 47 punts last season.  A dozen of his kicks were downed inside the opponent 20-yard-line.

2015 South Atlantic Conference First and Second Team Preseason All-Conference

QB – De’Andre Thomas, Carson-Newman
RB – Jamel Harbison, Mars Hill
RB – Shaikel Davis, Mars Hill
RB – Michael Patrick, Lenoir-Rhyne
WR – Justin Houston, Tusculum
WR – Jordan Berry, Wingate
WR – Carlos Tarrats, Catawba
OL – Josh Turner, Brevard
OL – Joe Ray, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL – Stephen Nance, Newberry
OL – Tyler Scott, Carson-Newman
OL – Dale Howard, Lenoir-Rhyne
TE – Marquez Williams, Mars Hill
PK – Alex Noboa, Brevard
RS – Lonnie Williams, Carson-Newman
LS – Dusty Nance, Carson-Newman

DL – Alstevis Squirewell, Newberry
DL – Chris Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
DL – Christiaan Davis, Mars Hill
DL – Lendre Sparrow, Lenoir-Rhyne
LB – Rodney Singleton, Lenoir-Rhyne
LB – Eric Mapoles, Wingate
LB – Taylor McDonnell, Newberry
LB – Kyle Kitchens, Catawba
DB – Jerry Miclisse, Carson-Newman
DB – Brandon Hathaway, Wingate
DB – Mark McDaniel, Catawba
DB – Marcus Kincaid, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Kyle Clark, Newberry

QB – Mike Sheehan, Catawba
RB – Romelo Doctor, Newberry
RB – Damien Baker, Carson-Newman
RB – David Burgess, Catawba
WR – TraShaun Ward, Carson-Newman
WR – Keyshaun Taylor, Mars Hill
WR – Victor Brannan, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL – Dan Gallman, Carson-Newman
OL – Mathu Gibson, Wingate
OL – Hayden Wilks, Newberry
OL – Joe Hillin, Mars Hill
OL – Lewis McCormick, Catawba
TE – Zach Edmunds, Newberry
PK – Chad Hollandsworth, Catawba
RS – Justin Houston, Tusculum
LS – Andrew Smith, Newberry

DL – Jalen Hunter, Newberry
DL – D’Andre Johnson, Tusculum
DL – Johnny Maxey, Mars Hill
DL – Landon Allen, Brevard
LB – Brandyn Bartlett, Tusculum
LB – Jordan Forney, Lenoir-Rhyne
LB – Jamal Lackey, Catawba
LB – L’Keith Brown, Tusculum
DB – Arnez Gray, Newberry
DB – Chris Shaffer, Lenoir-Rhyne
DB – Eien Jacob, Carson-Newman
DB – Nortavius Otis, Wingate
P – Caleb Berry, Catawba AND Mikey Destephens, Lenoir-Rhyne

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