Seven BC players earn football All-Conference honors

Simunyu, Gist, Watts, Campbell, Lumbu and Jenkins honored by conference office on Tuesday

Rock Hill, S.C. - The Brevard College Football team had a program record seven players earn postseason All-South Atlantic Conference honors as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.

Prince Simunyu, Michael Gist, Caleb Campbell and Eric Watts earned First Team All-Conference recognition, while Christian Lumbu and Rufus Jenkins both received Second Team laurels for the Tornados.

Simunyu led the South Atlantic Conference in tackles on the season with 111 stops in his senior campaign, finishing up his career earning All-Conference honors three times and was a First Team All-SAC linebacker in each of the last two seasons. Michael Gist is a two-time recipient of First Team All-SAC honors at safety and tied for third on the team with 78 tackles, while recording two interceptions on the year.

On offense, Campbell, a preseason All-SAC lineman, lined up at left tackle for the Tornados offense and helped spearhead a group that paved the way for the Brevard rushing attack to average 257.91 yards per game on the ground, eighth in the NCAA Division II rankings. Watts doubled as both an All-SAC First Team Wide Receiver and Punter, finishing tied for second in the conference with eight touchdown receptions on 33 catches, while also leading the conference and finishing 12th in the nation in averaging 41.6 yards per punt attempt.

Lumbu and Jenkins both represented the Brevard defense on the Second Team, with Lumbu finishing second in the conference with eight sacks and fourth in the SAC with 11.5 tackles for loss from his defensive end position, while Jenkins was ninth in sacks with five and second in the SAC with 14.0 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, while tying for third with two forced fumbles on the season.

Offensive Player of the Year Jonas Randolph from Mars Hill and Defensive Player of the Year Demetrius Green from Lenoir-Rhyne headline the honorees.

Overall, co-SAC champions Mars Hill and Lenoir-Rhyne had the most student-athletes named All-Conference, with the Lions placing a total of 10 on the First and Second Teams while the Bears had nine.

Randolph spearheaded a potent Mars Hill offense with one of the best individual seasons in conference history. The senior, who also earned first team All-Conference accolades in addition to being Offensive Player of the Year, was the leading rusher in all NCAA divisions in 2011, finishing the regular season with a SAC record 1,970 yards.

Randolph also set the SAC single-game rushing record against Tusculum on Oct. 29, piling up 373 yards. With Mars Hill’s season still active after being selected to the NCAA Division II Football Championship, Randolph has a shot at breaking the conference’s career rushing record, which he trails by just 196 yards.

Green, who at linebacker anchored Lenoir-Rhyne’s league-leading scoring and total defense, was named SAC Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-Conference after averaging 7.7 tackles for the Bears. Green did a bit of everything in helping L-R finish 10th in the country in total defense, recording 3.5 sacks, eight tackles-for-loss, three passes defended and two pass breakups.

Joining Green on the All-SAC First Team from Lenoir-Rhyne were quarterback Major Herron – a top-five finisher in the conference in both rushing and passing yards – defensive lineman Brandon Martin, defensive back Michael Green, kicker Colin Corpe and offensive lineman Chandler Rearden, who also earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the second season in a row.

L-R also placed three on the All-SAC Second Team.

In addition to Randolph, Mars Hill had four more first-team selections in tight end Josh Crumpton, offensive lineman Tyler Hodgson, defensive lineman Kevin Johnson and defensive back Marvin James.

The Lions also had five second-team selections, led by wide receiver Dimitri Holmes, who was top-five in the SAC in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns en route to being named the league’s Offensive Freshman of the Year.

Newberry’s 4-3 finish in the SAC landed the Wolves four spots on the All-Conference First Team in running back John Gadson, offensive lineman Chase Gamble, defensive lineman Anterio Arnold and linebacker Apollo Stretch, the league’s second-leading tackler. They join three other teammates on the Second Team.

Tusuclum had eight All-Conference selections – three on the First Team and five on the Second Team. The Pioneers’ high-scoring offense was led by wide receiver and return specialist Deonte Gist, who finished second in the SAC in all-purpose yards, earning All-Conference honors at both positions. He was joined on the First Team by long snapper Skylar West.

Carson-Newman saw three players named first team All-Conference, led by running back Nate Inman, the league’s second-leading rusher. Defensive lineman Zeke Andrews and linebacker Larry Lumpkin also received first-team honors, and were joined by three more Eagles earning second-team distinction.

The strong offensive attack of Wingate landed the Bulldogs three spots on the All-SAC First Team in wide receiver Chris Bowden, tight end Brandon Ellington and offensive lineman Mike Arndt. Three more Wingate players were named to the Second Team as well.

Catawba’s Jumal Rolle led the SAC in passes defended, earning first team All-Conference defensive back honors. He was joined by first-team linebacker selection Lakeem Perry and three members of the Second Team, including Defensive Freshman of the Year CJ Barksdale.

Finally, after leading their teams to identical 6-1 conference records, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Mike Houston and Mars Hill’s Tim Clifton were fittingly named co-SAC Coaches of the Year. It marks the first time either coach has received the award.

First Team Offense
QB – Majon Herron, Lenoir-Rhyne
RB – Jonas Randolph, Mars Hill
RB – Nate Inman, Carson-Newman
RB – John Gadson, Newberry
WR – Deonte Gist, Tusculum
WR – Chris Bowden, Wingate
WR – Eric Watts, Brevard
TE – Brandon Ellington, Wingate
TE – Josh Crumpton, Mars Hill
OL – Chandler Rearden, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL – Caleb Campbell, Brevard
OL – Chase Gamble, Newberry
OL – Tyler Hodgson, Mars Hill
OL – Mike Arndt, Wingate
PK – Colin Corpe, Lenoir-Rhyne
RS – Deonte Gist, Tusculum

First Team Defense
DL – Zeke Andrews, Carson-Newman
DL – Brandon Martin, Lenoir-Rhyne
DL – Kevin Johnson, Mars Hill
DL – Anterio Arnold, Newberry
LB – Prince Simunyu, Brevard
LB – Apollo Stretch, Newberry
LB – Demetrius Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
LB – Larry Lumpkin, Carson-Newman
LB – Lakeem Perry, Catawba
DB – Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
DB – Michael Gist, Brevard
DB – Marvin James, Mars Hill
DB – Jumal Rolle, Catawba
P – Eric Watts, Brevard
LS – Skylar West, Tusculum
*Note: Tie for first-team tight end, resulting in no second-team selection. Also, a tie for the final first-team linebacker spot resulted in five first-team selections and just three second-team selections.

Second Team Offense
QB – Cody Haffly, Wingate
RB – Isaiah Whitaker, Lenoir-Rhyne
RB – Josh Wright, Catawba
RB – Patrick Park, Mars Hill
WR – Dimitri Holmes, Mars Hill
WR – Rashaad Carter, Tusculum
WR – Brandon Bostick, Newberry
OL – Kevin Day, Carson-Newman
OL – Josh Stone, Tusculum
OL – Nick Allison, Mars Hill
OL – Pat Aiken, Tusculum
OL – Alex Taylor, Carson-Newman
PK – Michael Pinkerton, Mars Hill
RS – Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne

Second Team Defense
DL –Terrence Smith, Tusculum
DL – Jack Taylor, Wingate
DL – CJ Barksdale, Catawba
DL – Christian Lumbu, Brevard
LB – Rudy Cabral, Mars Hill
LB – Jared Seate, Wingate
LB – Rufus Jenkins, Brevard
DB – David Davis, Newberry
DB – Oliver Davis, Carson-Newman
DB – Jamont Jones, Lenoir-Rhyne
DB – Tarvin Jones, Carson-Newman
P – JoJo Morris, Newberry
P – Andy Rosetti, Tusculum
LS – DJ Davis, Catawba
*Note: Tie for second-team punter.

Offensive Player of the Year: Jonas Randolph, Mars Hill
Defensive Player of the Year: Demetrius Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
Offensive Freshman of the Year: Dimitri Holmes, Mars Hill
Defensive Freshman of the Year: CJ Barksdale, Catawba
Jacobs Blocking Trophy: Chandler Rearden, Lenoir-Rhyne
Co-Coaches of the Year: Tim Clifton, Mars Hill and Mike Houston, Lenoir-Rhyne

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