Benedict’s Denelus, Pritchett, Mitchell Named All-Region

By Dennis Switzer Sports Information Director Benedict,


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Benedict College placed three football players on the NCAA Super Region 2 All-Region team, presented by the D2 Conference Commissioner’s Association.

Loobert Denelus, the SIAC Defensive Player of the Year, and offensive lineman Tyler Pritchett were named to the First Team, while Henry Mitchell III was named to the Second Team. Benedict and Fort Valley State were the only schools from the SIAC with representatives on the All-Region squad.

Denelus, a junior, ranks as one of the nation’s leaders in sacks (11th) and tackles for loss (34th).

Pritchett and Mitchell were both named first-team All-SIAC and were key members of an offensive line that powered the Benedict offense, averaging 388.7 yards of total offense per game. The Tigers averaged 303 passing yards per game, fourth best in the country.

Benedict finished the season 11-1, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division II football  championship. The Tigers won the SIAC championship for the first time in school history and went undefeated during the regular season.

Denelus and Pritchett will advance to the national All-American ballot.

The Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.

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