SAC honors former Warriors' ace

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By Robert Howey

ROCK HILL - Former Indian Land High School football standout Kamaal McIlwain has been honored by the South Atlantic Conference.

McIlwain, a 5-10, 175-pound sophomore, blocked two extra points in Newberry's 33-14 win over No. 20 Catawba. One of McIlwain's blocks was returned for a defensive extra point, giving NC two points on the play.

For his play, McIlwain was named the SAC Special Team Player of the Week.

McIlwain had a solid game for Newberry as he tallied three tackles and broke up two passes in NC's second straight victory over a nationally-ranked opponent.

The accolade is McIlwain's first career Player of the Week honor, and the fourth POTW honor earned by a Newberry player this season.

For the season, McIlwain has 13 tackles and an interception.

McIlwain, in his senior season at Indian Land, helped the Warriors post a school-record 11-2 mark. A North-South All-Star game selection, McIlwain was named the Conference II-A Player of the Year and the Warriors" Best Defensive Back.

Tusculum quarterback Corey Russell was named the SAC Offensive Player of the Week, while Wingate linebacker Ed Doughty was named the SAC Defensive Player of the Week.

Russell, a 6-4, 190-pound senior from Speedwell, Tenn., passed for 375 yards and four touchdowns in Tusculum's 48-19 road win at Lenoir-Rhyne. Russell went 20-for-35 while matching a career-best with his four TD passes. This marks the third time this season Russell has been named the SAC Offensive Player of the Week.

Doughty, a 6-2, 215-pound sophomore from Jacksonville, Fla., recorded seven tackles, including two-and-a-half sacks in 18th-ranked Wingate's 44-13 win at Brevard.

The South Atlantic Conference Football Players of the Week are selected by the league's sports information directors. Newberry College football team is ranked sixth in Super Regional 2 (formerly the Southeast Region) in the initial NCAA Division II Football Regional Rankings.

Newberry, 3-2, 2-0 SAC, is ranked 25th nationally in this weeks American Football Coaches' Association Division II poll.