After winning the SAC title outright, Newberry College dominated the post-season awards for that league.
Quarterback Raleigh Yeldell was named South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, head coach Todd Knight picked up Coach of the Year honors, and the Wolves totaled 15 selections to the all-SAC first and second teams.
The Wolves had six players named to the first team offense and three apiece selected to the second team offense and both second team units. Newberry had at least one player named all-conference at every position on both sides of the ball and picked up one special teams nod at return specialist.
Yeldell headlines the league awards as its most dominant offensive player, earning first team quarterback honors in addition to his Offensive Player of the Year accolade. Appearing in 10 games, the senior from Edgefield has rewritten the record books during the 2016 season. He is Newberry’s single-season leader in passing yardage, total offense, completions, attempts, and is one touchdown away from matching Josh Stepp for the single-season school record.
In 2016, he owns Newberry’s first-ever 3,000-yard passing season and is 82 yards shy of cracking 3,500 yards of total offense, currently ranking him eighth in South Atlantic Conference history. He has picked up four AstroTurf SAC Offensive Player of the Week awards and one Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Week nod this season.
Yeldell currently leads the nation in completion percentage at 70.3 percent and ranks in the top 20 nationally in eight other categories, including sixth in per-game passing yardage and eighth in total offense per game. He has led Newberry’s offense to a top-20 national ranking in five statistical categories.
The signal-caller is the first player in Newberry history to accumulate 5,000 yards through the air and 1,500 on the ground, has the third-most passing yards in school history, has rushed for more yards than any other Newberry quarterback, and is 130 yards from moving into second place in Newberry history for career total offense.
Knight was named Coach of the Year after leading Newberry to one of its most successful seasons in school history. The Wolves dropped the opener against Florida Tech before rattling off 10 consecutive wins, closing the regular season at No. 14 in the national polls and earning a program-best No. 2 seed in Super Region 2 for the 2016 NCAA Division II Football Championship.
Newberry’s 10-1 record eclipses the Wolves’ 9-3 mark in 2013 as the most successful season under Knight’s watch, and the team’s 7-0 mark in league play gave Newberry its first undefeated season in the SAC, its second outright league title, and third conference championship overall.
Newberry led the league with nine first team selections,