SAC honors former Warriors star

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Rodgers makes all-conference football team

By The Staff

NEWBERRY – Former Indian Land High School football star kicker Shea Rodgers is one of six Newberry College Wolves players selected to the South Atlantic Conference’s all-conference teams, including four first-team honorees, by the league’s coaches.
Rodgers, a first-team selection at punter, won back-to-back SAC Player of the Week honors in September. He was also named a National Special Teams Player of the Week from D2Football.com, and was a weapon for the Wolves all season.
The junior was a punter and a placekicker, but earned 2018 all-conference honors for his punting this season.
Rodgers averaged 43.2 yards per kick on 56 punts, the second-best single-season average in Newberry history.
He forced 18 fair catches, placed 24 punts inside the 20-yard line, and had 12 punts of 50 or more yards, including a 70-yard boot against Lenoir-Rhyne University that came within six yards of Newberry’s all-time record that has stood for 50 years.
He also produced a tremendous year placekicking, going 20-20 on extra-points, and nailed 8-10 field goal tries.
Rodgers, heading into the season, was a preseason second-team All-SAC selection for the second straight season.
Rodgers, a four-year player on the ILHS football team, reaped all-region football honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was also a two-time Class AA all-state selection while handling the Warriors’ kicking chores.
Rodgers was also honored as the Class AA Upper State Specialist of the Year by the S.C. Football Coaches Association.
Rodgers, in his senior season at ILHS, scored 42 points, 21-21 on extra points and 7-9 on field goals with a long of 50 yards. He averaged 37.4 yards punting with a long of 53 yards and had 17 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
He was also selected to the 67th annual North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach where the top senior football players from across the Palmetto State compete.
In the all-star game, Rodgers averaged 43 yards per punt and had five kickoffs for a 52.4 average and a touchback.
In addition to football, Rodgers also played three seasons of high school soccer for the Warriors. In his senior season, Rodgers earned all-region honors and played in the annual North-South All-Star soccer match. He is in an elite group of ILHS athletes who have played in two prep all-star games as a senior.
Other Wolves players honored included wide receiver Markell Castle, defensive lineman Jamarcus Henderson and linebacker Joe Blue, who also made the first-team defense.
Running back Austin Barnes was named to the second-team offense, while defensive back David Vereen was tabbed for the second-team defense.
The Newberry College football program is led by Lancaster County natives head coach Todd Knight, and Steven Flynn, defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
The 2018 Wolves were 5-6, including a 3-4 conference mark.
Knight is in his 10th season leading the NC football team.