NCCAA Honors Four Crusaders As All-Americans
Friday, December 13, 2013
NCCAA Honors Four Crusaders As All-Americans
Greenville, SC – Four Crusader football players have earned NCCAA All-American honors after successful individual season on the field during the 2013 season.

The National Christian College Athletic Association, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit association, was incorporated to provide a Christian-based organization that functions uniquely as a national and international agency for the promotion of outreach and ministry, and for the maintenance, enhancement, and promotion of intercollegiate athletic competition with a Christian perspective.

The very existence of the NCCAA speaks to the need of a different game plan for college athletics in the midst of an era when the very foundations of our society are being eroded morally. The NCCAA wants to step into the gap and become a vehicle for implementing a positive and purposeful athletic experience in cooperation with member institutions and their student-athletes.

Senior wide receiver Freddie Martino was named First Team All-American after using 2013 as a statement year, setting an NCAA Division II record for receptions in a season with 146 catches for 1,680 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

The North, SC native was a four-year starter for the Crusaders and has cemented his place in the record books at North Greenville. Since the 2010 season, Martino has played in 48 games, catching 296 passes for 3,766 yards and 26 touchdowns while also scoring 5 times on the ground.

Senior linebacker Braelen Meredith also earned First Team All-American honors after leading the Crusader defense in 2013 with 89 total tackles, including 13 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks with six quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

The Woodruff, SC native was a three-year starter for the Crusaders as a key piece in the 3-4 defense. In 44 career games, Meredith has totaled 185 tackles, including 34.5 tackles for loss with 14 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. He has also broken up 8 passes with 1 interception while forcing 4 fumbles and recovering another.

Junior kicker Justin Gravely was the final Crusader on the First Team All-American team after scoring 71 total points for North Greenville, finishing 12-for-20 on field goal attempts with a long of 45 yards against Virginia Military Institute and Wingate University. 

The Pickens, SC native was also 35-for-39 on extra point attempts, while punting a team-high 29 times, including a school-record seven punts over 50 yards, with 11 punts landing inside the 20-yard line for an average of 41.8 yards per punt.

Sophomore quarterback Nelson Hughes was an NCCAA All-American Honorable Mention after a 2013 season in which he rewrote the record books. Hughes finished the season completing 295-of-443 pass attempts for 3,202 yards, all single-season school records. 

The Roebuck, SC native threw for 24 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions, while also scoring three touchdowns on the ground.

For a complete list of NCCAA All-Americans CLICK HERE