Bluffton’s McDonnell earns league honors for Newberry

Newberry linebacker Taylor McDonnell
Newberry linebacker Taylor McDonnell

Newberry College senior inside linebacker Taylor McDonnell has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, as released by the conference office Monday.

McDonnell, a Bluffton graduate, earned conference player of the week honors for the second time this season. He had nine tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks in the Wolves' 26-0 shutout win at Wingate to close the regular season.

All of his tackles were solo stops and one of his two sacks resulted in a safety the help the playoff-bound Wolves extend an early advantage. He also forced a fumble in the contest.

For the season, McDonnell ranks second in the league with 58 solo tackles, fifth in the league with four sacks and leads the conferfence with three fumble recoveries.

McDonnell and the Wolves qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs and travel to North Alabama this weekend.