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2001 Football Roster


Kendall Newson

Class: Sr.
Position: WR
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185 pounds
Previous School: Columbia
Hometown: Decatur, GA

In the Record Book: Owns the single-season record for receptions and yards ... Holds the career mark for receptions, yards and 100-yard receiving games ... Stands fourth all-time in touchdown receptions ... Is tied for the second most catches in a single-game and has the third best total for receiving yards in a contest.

Noteworthy: An All-America and Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year candidate who rates as one of the top receivers in the nation ... A strong candidate for Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and first team honors ... Preseason first team all-Sun Belt by CollegeFootballNews.com ... Has hauled in at least one reception in 32 straight games, which is tied for the best in school history and ranks tied for fourth nationally entering the 2001 campaign ... Based on total catches, the tandem of Newson and Tyrone Calico ranked seventh nationally in 2000 with 121 receptions for 1,697 yards ... Newson has caught at least eight passes in a game 10 times over his career ... Earned a perfect score of 34 points to earn the honor of "Best Conditioned Athlete" in August of 2001 following the summer workout program ... Newson was one of just four Blue Raiders to score a 34.

2000: Played in all 11 games and started in 10 of those (only non-start was due to senior day) ... Hauled in a school record (breaking his own mark) 74 passes for a new school mark of 945 yards ... Also equalled his career season best with five touchdown grabs ... Ranked 10th nationally in receptions per game (6.73) and 25th in receiving yardage per contest (85.91) ... Against Illinois (Big Ten), Maryland (ACC) and Mississippi State (SEC), Newson combined for 28 catches and 415 yards ... He collected four 100-yard receiving games, while tallying six contests with at least eight catches ... At Mississippi State, Newson rang up a career-high 180 receiving yards (third best total in school history) on nine catches ... On the road against Maryland, he recorded a season best 10 receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns (one was an acrobatic one-handed grab in the back of the endzone) ... Had nine catches for 100 yards in the opener against Illinois and 103 yards on seven grabs versus Louisiana Tech ... Pulled in a season long 45-yard reception in a win over Louisiana Tech ... AWARDS: Named first team all-Independent by College Football News and Football News ... Earned the team's Skill Player award following the Maryland and Louisiana-Monroe games.

1999: Set the single-season receiving mark with 69 receptions to break the previous mark of 54 set by Sulecio Sanford in 1998 ... Also had 918 receiving yards on the year, which was the second best total in school history ... Started all 11 games and had four 100-yard receiving games, including three in a row at one point ... Enjoyed a career day against Wofford by hauling in a personal best 11 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns ... Registered eight receptions for 138 yards against Troy State, and eight catches for 117 yards at Louisiana Tech ... Recorded seven catches for a career-high 170 yards at Louisiana-Lafayette, including a career best 58-yard reception ... Also had seven catches against Arkansas and Central Florida ... Was a game captain against Wofford, Louisiana Tech, and Central Florida.

1998: Was the second leading receiver as a true freshman with 30 receptions ... Was one of just two MT receivers to record at least one reception in every game ... Had a career best eight receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown in the win over Murray State ... Set his personal high in receiving yards with 132 on six catches at SEMO ... His career long catch came on a 56-yard touchdown at SEMO from QB Wes Counts ... Averaged 4.2 receptions a contest over the last five games of the year ... Had touchdown grabs against EKU, MSU, EIU and SEMO ... Returned three kickoffs at UAB for 60 yards, including a long of 23 ... Named OVC Newcomer of the Week on Oct. 11.

High School: Played for coach Ron Sebree at Columbia High School ... Was all-state, all-county and the Dekalb Player of the year as a senior ... Named the Athlete of the Year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution ... Lettered four years in football, basketball, and track ... Averaged 26 points, seven rebounds and six steals in basketball, while being named the AAA Player of the Year.

Personal: Parents: Lewis and Lunell Newson ... Born: 3/5/80 ... Major: University Studies.



2001 Game-by-Game Stats