ROCK HILL – Carson-Newman running back Troy Dendy, of Laurens, was named the South Atlantic Conference's offensive freshman of the year, and 10 more Eagles received all-conference from the league office, the SAC announced Tuesday morning.
Dendy becomes the first Eagle to earn a freshman of the year honor from the conference since Jarvaris Neal was named defensive freshman of the year in 2012. Dendy is Carson-Newman's first offensive freshman of the year since quarterback Alex Rouse earned in the honor in 2005.
Dendy exploded onto the scene in his first season as an Eagle. The ex-Raider has rushed for 611 yards on 66 carries, accounting for six touchdowns. He has powered his way to a trio of 100-yard performances, including a 23-carry, 200-yard performance en route to South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week honors. The 200-yard day against Limestone registered as the 37th all-time 200-yard rushing performance in Carson-Newman football history, and the first by a freshman.
He also had a 7-carry, 149-yard, 2-touchdown day against UNC Pembroke. Dendy broke the 100-yard barrier against Mars Hill on Nov. 2 with 110 yards on 12 carries.
Carson-Newman (8-2) made the NCAA Division II playoffs along with fellow SAC member Lenoir-Rhyne and Wingate. The Eagles placed 11 players on the All-SAC team, six on the first team.
The Eagles, coached by Mike Turner, led the SAC in rushing offense with an average of 316.9 yards per game and in total defense, yielding an average of 287.6 yards.
Carson-Newman will visit Bowie State (10-0) in the playoffs on Saturday in Bowie, Md.