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Ferrum College sophomore quarterback Tim Reynolds (1), the 2012 USA South Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, avoids the pursuit of a Maryville (Tenn.) College defender during the first half of last Saturday’s season-finale at W.B. Adams Stadium. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)
Friday, November 16, 2012
FERRUM -- Sophomore quarterback Tim Reynolds has been selected Offensive Player of the Year in the NCAA Division III USA South Athletic Conference by a vote of the league's head football coaches.
Reynolds and 12 of his Ferrum College teammates earned league accolades this season; the 2012 all-conference team was released Wednesday.
This marks the third straight year that the Panthers' starting quarterback has garnered the league's top individual offensive laurel. In 2010 and 2011, Marcus Mayo, Reynolds' predecessor behind center, was the recipient of the honor.
Reynolds, Mayo and seven other Ferrum players have earned one of the USA South's top player awards since 2000, the first year these awards were presented (see graphic).
In his first season as a starter, Reynolds, a three-time conference Offensive Player of the Week selection this past season, completed 115 of 189 passes for a single-season school record 1,683 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Mayo held the previous record of 1,381 yards passing set during his senior campaign a year ago.
Reynolds averaged 186.3 yards passing per game and finished the 2012 campaign with 153.05 pass efficiency rating.
Also, Reynolds led the Panthers in rushing with 876 yards and 15 TDs on 157 carries -- an average of 87.6 yards-per-game.
Reynolds singlehandedly accounted for an average of 255.9 yards of offense per game.
His 28 TDs (13 passing, 15 rushing) are a new single-season school record.
The previous standard of 23 TDs (all rushing) was set buy current Panthers assistant coach Chris Warren in 1989 and matched in 2005 by former quarterback Jermaine Pitts (14 passing, 9 rushing).
Joining Reynolds on the all-conference first team are offensive lineman J.L. Tyree (Franklin County), defensive lineman Lynwood Pickett, linebacker Jatavious Adams, defensive backs Tae Motley and Tarrell Owens and punter Wesley Franklin.
Adams led the team with 69 tackles, including five quarterback sacks. Pickett had 49 tackles, including a team-high seven sacks, and returned an interception 31 yards for a TD.
For Motley, it was his third straight first team honor, while Pickett earned his second consecutive.
Owens tied the school record for single-game interceptions with three Oct. 13 at home against North Carolina Wesleyan College.
Owens picked off two more passes Oct. 27 at Greensboro (N.C.) College, one of which he returned 98 yards for a TD.
Owens' seven interceptions this season finished tied for third nationally in Division III and tied for seventh nationally with 0.70 interceptions-per-game.
Tyree and Franklin both were all-conference second team selections a year ago. Franklin finished fifth in the nation among Division III punters this season with a 41.5 yards per punt average.
Franklin placed 13 punts inside the 20 yard line. Eight of his punts traveled 50 or more yards. He finished 2.86 yards per punt off the national leader.
Fullback Jericho James and defensive lineman DeRon Dillard were All-Conference second team picks this season.
Earning honorable mention were running back Tyler Brubaker (Franklin County), wide receiver Derrick West, defensive lineman Shawn Winfrey and kicker Scott Puschell.
Brubaker also excelled as the Panthers' return specialist with 468 yards on 29 returns (14 punt returns, 15 kickoff returns) and was Ferrum's leader in all-purpose yards with 1,330 (133 yards-per-game).
Brubaker is Ferrum's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team, which honors a student-athlete from each school for overall sportsmanship displayed throughout the season.
Ferrum closed out the season at 7-3 under the guidance second-year head coach David Harper, who owns a 14-6 career coaching record.
The Panthers, who featured 14 seniors, finished in a three-way tie for the 2012 USA South football crown, sharing the title with Christopher Newport University and Maryville (Tenn.) College.
USA SOUTH ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
PLAYER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS
FROM FERRUM COLLEGE
YEAR PLAYER HONOR
2000 Tim Boothe Offensive Player of the Year
2000 Tone Dancy Defensive Player of the Year
2000 Moncrief Holmes Rookie of the Year
2001 Phil Hairston Offensive Player of the Year
2002 Darren Venable Defensive Player of the Year
2003 Moncrief Holmes Offensive Player of the Year
2003 Darren Venable Defensive Player of the Year
2004 Darren Venable Defensive Player of the Year
2007 Mike Vann Rookie of the Year
2010 Marcus Mayo Offensive Player of the Year
2001 Marcus Mayo Offensive Player of the Year
2011 Josh Oliver Defensive Rookie of the Year
2012 Tim Reynolds Offensive Player of the Year
SOURCE: Ferrum College Football Website