NEWBERRY — After the team’s second-ever NCAA Division II playoff season, the Newberry Wolves had seven players named all-Super Region Two by DAKTRONICS.
Wide receiver Corey Washington, offensive lineman Jamal Ellis, return specialist Jason Livingston and linebacker Edmond Robinson earned first team all-region honors and advance to the All-American ballot. The announcements were made Wednesday.
Defensive lineman Letavious Williams, safety David Davis and punter Kyle Clark earned second team all-region honors.
Washington was one of the nation’s most electric players at the receiver position. He became just the second Newberry player in 100 years to score 100 points in one season with 16 touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions.
In the Wolves’ 12 games, Washington caught 44 passes for 839 yards and a school single-season record 13 touchdowns. He also returned a punt 85-yards for a touchdown in the regular season finale against North Greenville and had a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns in the playoff game at Carson-Newman. He was the only player in the South Atlantic Conference to earn player of the week honors at different positions, with offensive honors for the Brevard game and special teams honors for the North Greenville game.
His 13 touchdown receptions this year ranked second in the conference and 10th in the nation.
He is one of only four players in the 28-year history of the SAC to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game. He is tied with West Texas A&M’s Nathan Slaughter for the most special teams returns for touchdowns this season with three, although Washington’s came on only five special teams plays.
His 839 receiving yards this year tied with NFL tight end Brandon Bostick’s 2010 season for third-most in a season at Newberry. In his two-year career at Newberry, the junior college transfer had 95 receptions for 1,615 yard and 22 touchdowns. He ranks ninth in career receptions, seventh in career yardage and second in career touchdowns at Newberry.
Washington was a first team all-SAC selection this season after earning second team honors in 2012.
Ellis was a first team all-SAC selection as a senior and started every game this season at left guard for the Wolves, blocking for one of the most balanced offenses in the nation. The Wolves conceded approximately two sacks a game and rushed for 2,143 yards on the season.
Livingston was a second team all-SAC return specialist and earned the conference’s statistical championship for punt return yardage with 12.2 yards per punt return, which ranks in the top 30 nationally. His 244 punt return yards this year are the fifth most in a single season at Newberry. He also had 484 yards of kickoff returns and ranked fourth in the conference in that category. He was also a standout at receiver with 44 catches for 448 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for his career.
Robinson burst on to the scene at linebacker in his junior season and earned first team all-SAC honors. He led the Wolves with 69 total tackles, 12 tackles for losses of 45 yards, had 2.5 sacks, an interception, six passes defended and a forced fumble. He had 2.5 sacks, an interception in the Brevard game, five passes defended and a forced fumble.
Williams earned first team all-SAC laurels and lived up to his preseason reputation as a top defensive end in Division II. He had 36 total tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and a team-best 11 quarterback hurries. He also had a 5-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown in the regular season matchup at Carson-Newman.
Davis had 58 tackles to lead the Wolves’ defensive backs and tied for the team lead with three interceptions on the way to first team all-SAC honors. The Wolves won the SAC statistical championship for passing defense, allowing only 200.9 yards per game through the air in the regular season.
Clark emerged as one of the top special teamers in the SAC as a sophomore, earning first team all-SAC honors at punter while handling all kicking duties for the scarlet and gray. He led the conference with a 39.1 yards per punt average with 13 inside the opponents’ 20-yardline and seven punts over 50 yards, including a career-long 71-yard punt. The three-time SAC Special Teams Player of the Week honoree was 8-of-13 on field goals 35-of-39 on PAT attempts and had 15 touchbacks on kickoffs.
The DAKTRONICS All-Super Region Two team is selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) who represent Division II football schools in the region, which consists of the Gulf South, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic and South Atlantic Conferences, as well as two independent institutions.
The DAKTRONICS Division II Football All-America team will be released prior to the National Championship game in two weeks.