Wolves Jump To Third In Latest Regional Rankings
Posted: October 31, 2016 7:39 PM
Yeldell Names "SAC Player Of Week" For Fourth Time in 2016
Newberry is ranked No. 3 in the latest Super Region 2 rankings from the NCAA, representing the team’s highest spot in the rankings since 2006.
The Wolves entered last Saturday’s contest with Lenoir-Rhyne as the fifth-ranked team in the region, but moved up two slots after clinching at least a share of the South Atlantic Conference championship, setting a school record with 729 yards of offense, and establishing a new conference record with 39 first downs in a 53-14 drubbing of the Bears.
Valdosta State fell from second to seventh in the rankings after a surprise 38-20 loss on the road to Florida Tech, the only team to defeat Newberry this season, on Saturday night. The Wolves also leapt over Tuskegee, which fell from third to fourth despite a 42-14 win over Central State. Tuskegee must obtain a waiver from the NCAA or schedule a game on Nov. 12 to be eligible for this year’s playoffs due to having just nine games on the schedule this season.
North Alabama retained its No. 1 ranking by defeating Delta State 49-19 on Saturday afternoon, while UNC Pembroke moved from fourth to second after defeating West Virginia State 44-14. West Alabama, Florida Tech, and Valdosta State follow the Wolves to make up the rest of the top seven. West Georgia, North Greenville, and Wingate round out this week’s rankings.
The top seven teams in the final regional rankings will advance to the 2016 Division II Football Championship. Newberry would host a first-round playoff game on Nov. 19 if it remains in the top four and could clinch a potential second-round home game by finishing in the top two.
The Wolves were ranked No. 1 in the region for several weeks during an 11-2 campaign in 2006. Top seeds receive a first-round bye in the current playoff format.
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Yeldell Named "SAC Player of the Week" For Fourth Time In 2016
Posted: October 31, 2016 7:36 PM
Senior quarterback Raleigh Yeldell has been named AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time this season and fifth time in his career after a stellar performance in then-No. 23 Newberry's 53-14 win over Lenoir-Rhyne that clinched at least a share of the Wolves' first SAC championship since 2008.
The Edgefield native was 35-for-46 for 428 yards and four touchdowns through the air despite being taken out of the game with 1:55 to play in the third quarter. He led Newberry to a school-record 729 yards of offense, the ninth-most in Division II this season, and a SAC record 39 first downs to break a record that had stood since 1992.
Yeldell spread the ball around to 10 different receivers, seven of which had 25 or more receiving yards. He became Newberry's single-season passing leader and now has 2,834 this season, including over 1,500 yards during the month of October. With his 23 rushing yards and one score on the ground, he surpassed 3,000 yards of total offense during the season to rank second in school history for a single season and is now the only player in school history to pass for 5,000 yards and rush for 1,500.
Yeldell is now ranked second in Division II with a .703 completion percentage this season. He ranks third among all active Division II players in career completion percentage (.663) and eighth in total offense (6,754 yards) among players with at least 4,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing. He has captained the Newberry offense to a No. 2 national ranking in first downs and a No. 10 ranking in passing offense.
Newberry travels to Limestone Saturday at 5:00 before hosting Wingate on Nov. 12 to end the regular season.
Patterson Named Interim AD At Newberry College
Posted: August 4, 2016 10:59 AM
Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens has announced Ralph Patterson has accepted the position of Interim Director of Athletics. Patterson replaces Matthew Finley, who resigned to accept a position in athletic administration at Anderson University.
Scherrens will conduct a national search for a director of athletics in a permanent capacity, and expects Patterson to serve in the interim capacity for 60 to 90 days.
"We feel very fortunate Ralph was available to serve as our Interim AD," Scherrens said. "Our coaching staff has expressed their support of his appointment and I am confident he will provide us strong leadership. He has already shown a high level of interest and energy and I believe from a team chemistry perspective he is a good fit."
“It is a real privilege to be at Newberry College to serve in this role for Dr. Scherrens,” Patterson said. “I will follow his lead as we unite the Newberry Wolves department of athletics with our student body, faculty, alumni and friends. We have terrific coaches and a dedicated support staff. I look forward to seeing our talented student-athletes succeed in the classroom and excel in competition.”
Patterson comes to Newberry after serving nearly seven years as Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Lander Foundation at Lander University in Greenwood. He was also Vice President for Advancement at Erskine College from 2007-09.
Prior to his work as a higher education fundraiser, Patterson was a college basketball coach for 18 years. He was an assistant coach at Colorado for five years and at Appalachian State for six years. He was the head basketball coach at Erskine College for seven years. The Boulder, Colo., native coached at Fairview HS in Boulder prior to joining the college ranks. He graduated from Ashford University with a degree in Organizational Management.
Patterson also has sports radio and television broadcasting experience. He hosted a sports radio show in Clemson from 1999-2003, and from 2003-2009 served as a co-host for the Clemson football radio network on the Tiger Tailgate Show and the 5th Quarter Show. He has continued to be a college basketball color analyst, and has done telecasts on Fox Sports South, Comcast Sports Southeast, ESPN Regional, ESPN3 and MASN.
Patterson currently serves as a board member of the Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, and Anderson Counties), and is also on the Greenwood Rotary Club Board of Directors.