NEWBERRY — Following a fantastic playoff run, four Newberry Wolves have earned all-Super Region II honors from the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association.
Punter Kyle Clark, defensive lineman Alstevis Squirewell and linebacker Taylor McDonnell have earned first team honors and advance to the All-America ballot. Offensive lineman Landon Martin is a second team honoree.
Clark, a senior from Beaufort, earns his third consecutive all-region honor after being named to the second team in 2013 and 2014.
The three-time first team all-South Atlantic Conference honoree led the conference in punting average for the third consecutive season, averaging 42.5 yards on 57 punts, placing 20 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yardline.
Heading into the postseason, he ranked 10th nationally in Division II for the season with the ninth-best career average in the nation and has placed 63 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yardline over his three-year stint as the punter.
He was named the D2Football.com National Special Teams Player of the Week, along with AstroTurf SAC Special Teams Player of the Week, for his 45.6 yard punting average in the win over Tusculum. He had two punts over 60 yards in that game and downed four punts inside the TC 5-yardline.
Squirewell, a senior from Great Falls, earns all-region honors for the first time. The two-time first team all-SAC honoree notched 50 tackles in the regular season with 4.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
He also earned AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week honors for his one-handed pick six interception to seal the win over Tusculum. That performance also earned him a nomination for the SBNation Piesman Trophy – the award for linemen making non-lineman plays.
McDonnell, a senior from Bluffton, earns all-region honors for the first time. The two-time first team all-SAC honoree twice earned AstroTurf SAC Defensive Player of the Week honors and ranked second in the league with 58 solo tackles, fifth in the league with four sacks and led the conference with three fumble recoveries in the regular season.
He had nine solo tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks — with one for a safety — in the Wolves’ playoff-clinching win at Wingate.
Martin, a senior from Pelzer and Palmetto HS, led one of the most balanced offenses in the region. In his senior campaign, Martin graded out at 91 percent and had 44 knockdown blocks.
This release was provided by Newberry College.