Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Three Bulldogs earn All-Super Region 2 honors from Daktronics

Newberry, S.C.---- Three Wingate University football players have been named to the 2010 Daktronics All-Super Region 2 teams, as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Bulldog redshirt senior return specialist Perry Floyd (Gastonia, N.C.) was a first team pick, while redshirt junior offensive lineman Mike Arndt (Matthews, N.C.) and redshirt senior linebacker Greg Harmon (Hope Mills, N.C.) were named to the second team pick. First team All-Super Region selections are eligible for the 2010 Daktronics All-American team.

Floyd, Arndt and Harmon were named first team All-South Atlantic Conference in November. Floyd was a first team All-SAC return specialist and a second team All-SAC choice as a wide receiver. The 2009 All-American second team return specialist (Don Hansen’s Football Gazette), Floyd is third in the NCAA with his 203.5 all-purpose yards per game.

On the SAC charts, Floyd leads the league in punt returns (15.7). Floyd’s 2442 all-purpose yards this year is a single-season Wingate record. The Forestview High School product had 301 all-purpose yards as the Bulldogs defeated Carson-Newman College 38-35 (Oct. 9), giving the program its first-ever road win over Eagles. Floyd is third in the SAC in receiving yards per game (103.0 yards per game).

Arndt is a three-year starter on the Bulldog offensive line (right tackle) who has blocked for 15 100+ yard performances by Wingate running backs during his tenure. This year, the Bulldogs are second in the SAC and seventh in the nation in passing offense (332.27 yards per game). Wingate is second in the SAC and 18th in the nation in total offense (443.3 yards per game).

The Bulldog O-Line helped Nelson Woods rush for 1000 yards for the third time in his career. In addition, Arndt and his offensive line teammates helped Wingate redshirt junior Cody Haffly (Locust Grove, Ga.) set numerous records on his way to Harlon Hill Trophy regional finalist honors.

Harmon led the Bulldogs with 106 tackles this year. He had seven tackles for loss and one QB sack. Harmon had 13 tackles three times this year (wins over UNC Pembroke, Lenoir-Rhyne and Mars Hill). He posted an interception as the Bulldogs topped Newberry 49-33 to clinch their first-ever SAC regular season title (Nov. 13). In 2010, Harmon served as a team captain for the Bulldogs.

In 2008, Harmon was Wingate’s team MVP and defensive MVP. During the 2008 campaign, he was second on the team with 96 tackles. Harmon had a career-best 17 stops at Carson-Newman the same season.

For the first time in school history, the 2010 Bulldogs (9-3 overall) qualified for the NCAA Division II play-offs. Wingate defeated number 23 Morehouse College 63-41 before falling to number five Albany State University 30-28 in the second round. Floyd and Harmon and their 15 senior teammates set a new school record with 31 career victories.

Henderson State (Ark.) University quarterback Nick Hardesty and Valdosta State University linebacker Larry Dean were named the 2010 Daktronics Super Region 2 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.

Mars Hill College running back Jonas Randolph, Carson-Newman College offensive lineman Michael Tribue, Newberry College offensive lineman Matt Holmes, Southern Arkansas University defensive lineman Cedric Thornton and Newberry College safety Ron Parker repeated as first team selections from 2009, while Tusculum College kicker Gareth Rowlands moved from the 2009 second team to first team honors this season.

Tusculum led the region with six selections to the all-region squads, including three first teamers. Regional finalist Delta State (Miss.) University had five selections, as did play-off participant the University of North Alabama. Schools with three selections include regional finalist Albany State, playoff participants Valdosta State and Wingate, Henderson State, Mars Hill and Newberry.

The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. Voting for the all-region and All-American teams is powered by ATHLETICSITE.COM.

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