Nine Named to Football All-SAC Teams


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- The South Atlantic Conference announced its 2018 football all-conference teams and award winners on Wednesday. Catawba placed nine players on the All-SAC teams with four first team selections.

First team honors went to senior running back Kenyatta Greene, senior offensive lineman Quinzavious Sands, senior tight end Jourdan Osinskie and sophomore linebacker Jeremiah Ferguson. Claiming second team honors were junior wide receiver Will Sweeper, senior kicker Lee Brackman, senior defensive lineman Jordan Hemingway, junior defensive back Cris Page and Greene as a return specialist.

Greene, who has been limited the last three games with an injury, leads Catawba in rushing with 560 yards and a 56 yard per game average which stands seventh in the league. He has added 23 catches for 249 yards and accounted for nine touchdowns. He ranks third in the SAC in all-purpose yardage (121.6). As a returner, he has averaged 19 yards on kickoff returns and 11.4 yards on punts, which includes a 71-yard touchdown.

Sands has been a four-year starter for Catawba, mainly at left guard. Recently, due to injuries, he has seen action at center. Osinskie leads the Indians in receptions with 27 totaling 347 yards. He has one touchdown grab. Ferguson is number two on the defense in tackles with 77. He has picked up six stops for losses with an interception.

Sweeper has been a deep treat on offense, averaging a league-best 22.8 yards per reception. He has 24 catches for 548 yards and six scores. Brackman has totaled 57 points on the year, connecting on 30-of-35 PATs and is 9-of-14 on field goals.

Hemingway has recorded 44 tackles on the season. He has notched five sacks with eight and half for losses. He has forced a fumble and blocked two kicks. Page has been in on 32 tackles with one interception. He has broke up eight other passes with a forced fumble and a recovery.
Craig Rucker, of Mars Hill, was the Offensive Player of the Year and Wingate’s Carell Rawlings claimed the Defense Player of the Year honor. Wingate’s Nijere Peoples took the league’s Offensive Freshman of the Year honor with Tusculum’s Nelson Louis earning the Defensive Freshman of the Year. Lenoir-Rhyne’s Jason Poe was named the Jacobs Blocking Trophy award winner and Lenoir-Rhyne head coach Drew Cronic took home Coach of the Year honors.

2018 South Atlantic Conference Football All-Conference

QB – Austin Brown, Mars Hill
RB – Antonio Wimbush, Carson-Newman
RB – Kenyatta Greene, Catawba
RB – Nijere Peoples, Wingate
WR – Markell Castle, Newberry
WR – J.T. Stokes, Wingate
WR – Craig Rucker, Mars Hill
OL – Phil McDowell, Carson-Newman
OL – Quinzavious Sands, Catawba
OL – Johnathan Black, Wingate
OL – Keveon Broadwater, Tusculum
OL – Jason Poe, Lenoir-Rhyne
TE – Jourdan Osinskie, Catawba
PK – McLean Robertson, Wingate
LS – Kelly Donnelly, Tusculum
RS – Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
DL – Montel Presley, Carson-Newman
DL – Cardell Rawlings, Wingate
DL – Dan Louba, Lenoir-Rhyne
DL – Jamarcus Henderson, Newberry
LB – Jeremiah Ferguson, Catawba
LB – Ivan Hogans, Tusculum
LB – Joe Blue, Newberry
LB – Temoris Coats, Carson-Newman
DB – Joshua Simmons, Limestone
DB – Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
DB – Desmond Fairell, Carson-Newman
DB – Davion Washington, Wingate
DB – Malik Goodman, Tusculum
P –  Christopher Birozes, Wingate
P -  Shea Rodgers, Newberry
QB – Derrick Evans, Carson-Newman
RB – Jordan Shippy, Tusculum
RB – Xzavion Huff, Lenoir-Rhyne
RB – Austin Barnes, Newberry
WR – T.J. Smith, Lenoir-Rhyne
WR – Cody Rau, Limestone
WR – Will Sweeper, Catawba
OL – Cody Meree, Limestone
OL – Jordan Seal, Carson-Newman
OL – Austin May, Wingate
OL – Caleb LaFleur, Tusculum
OL – Travis James, Mars Hill
TE – Drake Starks, Lenoir-Rhyne
PK – Lee Brackman, Catawba
LS – Dawson Campbell, Carson-Newman
RS – Kenyatta Greene, Catawba
DL – Jordan Hemingway, Catawba
DL – Brian Bemby, Carson-Newman
DL – Auntrell Mack, Wingate
DL – Colton Strickland, Tusculum
LB – Sherrod Williams, Lenoir-Rhyne
LB – Randy Hooks, Tusculum
LB – Elijah Gilmore, Wingate
LB – Robbie Wallace, Wingate
DB – David Vereen, Newberry
DB – Dee Alford, Tusculum
DB – Cris Page, Catawba

Offensive Player of the Year: Craig Rucker, Mars Hill
Defensive Player of the Year: Cardell Rawlings, Wingate
Offensive Freshman of the Year: Nijere Peoples, Wingate
Defensive Freshman of the Year: Nelson Louis, Tusculum
Jacobs Blocking Trophy: Jason Poe, Lenoir-Rhyne
Coach of the Year: Drew Cronic, Lenoir-Rhyne

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