ROCK HILL — Five Newberry College football players have been named to the 2012 all-South Atlantic Conference teams.
Offensive lineman Lequawn James, linebacker Apollo Stretch and wide receiver Corey Washington were named to the first team, while defensive back Brian Spencer and defensive lineman Letavious Williams were named to the second team.
James, a senior from North, earns all-SAC honors and adds to a very impressive list of credentials to end his career. He graduated in May 2012 from Newberry’s nursing program as part of just the second class of Newberry nurses. He was a national semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s Campbell trophy in 2011 and was Academic All-District in 2009 and 2011. He has started at various positions on the Wolves’ offensive line for four seasons. He has been named to the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the Newberry College Dean’s List and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Christians Living Among You and the Metoka Galeda Choir.
Stretch, a senior from Columbia, earns first team all-SAC honors for the second straight season after wrapping up a spectacular career. He finished his career with 324 tackles, the sixth-most in Newberry history. His 224 solo tackles in his career rank second in school history. This year he finished seventh in the conference with 9.4 tackles per game and a total of 103 tackles, with a conference-high 67 solo tackles. He had 5.5 tackles for loss, forced one fumble, recovered one fumble and had two interceptions with a total of 76 return yards.
Washington, a junior from North Charleston, earns first team all-SAC honors in his first season on campus. He finished the season with 51 receptions for 776 yards and nine touchdowns, ranking sixth in the league in receiving yards per game. His 776 yards and nine touchdowns rank fifth in a single season at Newberry, with the 51 receptions the ninth-most in the school’s history.
Spencer, a senior from Columbia, earns his first all-SAC honor after finishing his senior season tied for second in the league with five interceptions. He had a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown on the second play of the season against Elizabeth City State, and intercepted a two-point conversion attempt against Lenior-Rhyne which does not show up in the official statistics. He also had 30 tackles with a blocked kick.
Williams, a junior from Ware Shoals, earns his first all-SAC honor. He tied for eighth in the league with 7.5 tackles for loss of 45 yards and also had three sacks. He had a total of 24 tackles on the season.