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Nick Napolitano is one of six Wingate University football student-athletes named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-Super Region 2 team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Senior running back Andrew Nallenweg (Asheville) leads the Bulldog contingent. He was named to the 2011 region honor squad. Nallenweg is joined by his twin, redshirt junior quarterback Robbie Nallenweg, redshirt sophomore punter Austin Anthony, redshirt junior offensive lineman Will Poteat and junior defensive back Timmy Rogers
In football, Super Region 2 comprises schools from the South Atlantic Conference, the Gulf South Conference, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and independents UNC Pembroke and North Greenville.
“We are very proud of these guys,” Wingate head coach Joe Reich said. “They are great representatives of our university and our program. They are exactly the type of reliable, high achieving student-athletes we look for to build our team.”
Napolitano, a West Brunswick graduate, is a redshirt sophomore defensive lineman (6-foot-3, 245 pounds). He is a marketing major with a 3.30 GPA. He leads Wingate with 11.5 tackles for loss (41 yards) and 7.5 quarterback sacks (32 yards).
In 2011, he had a season-high five tackles at Tusculum, adding a QB sack against the Pioneers.
This season, Napolitano has made 49 tackles (26 solo, 23 assists).
He had eight tackles Sept. 1 in his first collegiate start against Saint Augustine’s. Napolitano had six tackles against UNC Pembroke on Sept. 15, six against Newberry on Oct. 13 and six against North Greenville on Nov. 3.
On Saturday, the Wingate defense sacked Tusculum College junior quarterback Bo Cordell eight times and held the Pioneer signal-caller to his lowest career yardage output as the Bulldogs completed the 2012 season with a 42-17 South Atlantic Conference football victory over the Pioneers Saturday at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field.
Wingate is 6-5 overall (5-2 SAC). Napolitano finished with a season-high nine tackles (five solo). Two of his tackles were sacks for 6 yards in losses.
Ex-Trojans in Los Angeles
Four former Trojans have been playing at Los Angeles Valley Community College, a member of the Southern California Football Association.
In a 26-16 loss Nov. 3 to the West Los Angeles Wildcats in an American Division Pacific Conference football game, sophomore Tyquan Ash had five tackles and assisted on one. He recovered on fumble.
Sophomore Alfy Hill had three tackles and assisted on a sack for a 3-yard loss.
Sophomore Bradley Bell gained 23 yards on four carries. He returned two kickoffs for 25 yards.
Former Trojan D’Quan Bates, a freshman wide receiver, is also on the team.
The Monarchs are 1-8.