Five Knights Earn NCCAA Football Honors

12.19.2013 | Greenville, South Carolina -- NCCAA National Offices

Recently, the National Christian College Athletic Association announced the 2013 All-NCCAA-II Football Squads. Five players from Kentucky Christian University were recognized for their outstanding performance during the 2013 season.

Blake Clowes, a junior from Hilliard, Ohio, is the center on the offensive line, and he is studying Education at KCU. Blake wears #74, and played at Hilliard Darby High School. He was a 2013 Football Gameplan NAIA Pre-Season All-America selectee. Blake was named All-NCCAA First Team Offense.

Marvin Newkirk, a senior from Indiantown, Florida, is a defensive lineman and nose guard. He is studying Education at KCU. Newkirk wears #97, and graduated from South Fork High School in the West Palm Beach area. Marvin was a Pre-Season All-America selection, and was recently named to the AFCA-NAIA All-America 2nd team. Marvin was KCU Football’s first ever All-America selection and he was named All-NCCAA First Team Defense.

Andrew Stewart, a junior from Cadiz, Kentucky, is an inside linebacker. He graduated from Trigg Co High School and is majoring in Education. He wears #12, and was the Mid-South Conference and NAIA Defensive Player of the Week during Week 7 of the 2013 Season, for his performance against Lindsey Wilson, in which he had 14 tackles, including 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 1 touchdown, and 1 fumble recovery. Stewart was named All-NCCAA First Team Defense.

Mike Ritter, Jr. is a junior from the Memphis, Tennessee area. He graduated from Ridgeway High School, and is studying Business Administration at KCU. Ritter is #30, and plays the cornerback position. Mike was named to the All-NCCAA Defensive 2nd Team.

Darryl Jones, #94, is a junior majoring in University Studies. He is from Goose Creek, South Carolina and a graduate of Goose Creek High School. A defensive end for the Knights, he is an All-NCCAA Football Defense Honorable Mention.

Coach Gene Peterson had this to say about the players receiving these superlatives: "We are proud of the young men selected for these honors by the NCCAA. These are outstanding young men both on and off the field, and each is truly deserving of this recognition. The Christ-centered commitment to excellence that they have well represents our football program and Kentucky Christian University. “