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2019 Southern Conference Superlatives: Wofford

By Matthew Golden
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With the 2019 season behind us, we take a step back to reflect on the individual superlatives for each team within the Southern Conference.

Offensive MVP: Joe Newman, QB, Senior

If you know anything about Southern Conference football, then you know about Joe Newman. Newman’s illustrious career comes to an end at Wofford, not before leading the Terrier’s to the FCS playoffs multiple times and being named the 2019 Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Newman’s ability to be a dual threat quarterback was in display in 2019 as the senior finished with over 1,000 yards passing and nearly 900 yards rushing. The Atlanta native finished the season ranked fifth in the conference in touchdowns, totaling 13 touchdowns on the ground and seven through the air. Newman’s presence will certainly be missed, but his performance and career will be held in high regard at Wofford for a very long time.

Defensive MVP: Michael Mason, DL, Freshman

Mason jumped onto the scene during his freshman campaign, finishing tied for the lead in the conference with sacks (7). The athletic pass rusher finished tacked on ten and a half tackles for loss and provided constant disruption at the line of scrimmage. Mason’s seven sacks places 45th in the FCS, making him one of two freshmen in the league to place within the top 50. It’ll be interesting to see how Mason continues to develop as a pass rusher and versatility defending the run.

Intriguing returner: Joe Beckett, LB, Junior

The junior linebacker had an impressive 2019 season, totaling two solo sacks and assisting on two more. Heading into his senior year, he’ll have three years in which he’s played in at least twelve games, providing experience and a sense of leadership for the Terriers on defense. With senior linebacker Jireh Wilson graduating, I’d expect Beckett to step up and play a larger role in 2020.

Hardest departure: Jireh Wilson, LB, Senior

Wilson finished his career at Wofford by totaling 56 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and seven tackles for loss during his senior campaign. The senior linebacker was named to the 2019 Coaches Southern Conference Football Team, being one of four Terriers to be featured. In 2018, he led the Terriers defense with 59 total tackles, while forcing several fumbles. Wofford finished the 2019 season ranked first in total defense within the conference, with Jireh Wilson leading the way at the linebacker position. It’ll be vital for the Terrier’s to find someone to replace  the effort and production Wilson delivered on Saturdays.