By: Mike Rittelmann @MRitt9140, November 11, 2018
Joe Blue, OLB, Newberry College
5’10, 225 lbs
First Team All-SAC…First Team All-ECAC…Preseason First Team All-SAC
Started all 11 games at inside linebacker…Led team and was fifth in the SAC with 83 tackles…Finished second in the league with 54 solo stops…Had 11 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, and a sack…Recovered two fumbles, forced one, and had two pass breakups…Fumble recovery in the end zone at Carson-Newman Sept. 23 led directly to scoring drive and catalyzed Newberry’s 15 unanswered points to close game…Career-high 14 tackles (11 solo) vs. Tusculum Oct. 14…At least one tackle for loss in seven different games, including three games with two…10 or more tackles three times.
D2CCA Second Team All-Super Region 2…First Team All-SAC…First Team All-ECAC
Leads the team in tackles with 60… He assisted on 31… Ranks fifth in the conference in tackles per game (7.6)… Added 12 tackles in the defensive domination over Mars Hill (Oct 8.).