Roach named South Atlantic Conference’s top offensive player
By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
Brad Roach lived up to the hype.
The starting quarterback for Catawba College was voted to the 2007 South Atlantic Conference Preseason All-Conference football team.
After throwing for 2,704 yards and a school-record 24 touchdowns during the regular season, Roach was tabbed the SAC’s Offensive Player of the Year while also being named to the first team All-SAC team at quarterback.
Roach, a former standout at Williamston High School, led the Indians (10-6, 6-1 SAC) to a co-conference championship with Carson-Newman. He also helped lead Catawba into the NCAA II playoffs.
Catawba, a No. 4 seed in the Southeast Region, will play host to No. 5 seed Albany State (8-2) on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
The winner will play at top-seed Valdosta State (9-1) on Nov. 24.
Roach, who has completed 187-of-310 (60.3 percent) passes, has a chance to etch his name on a couple other records at Catawba. The senior co-captain is close to the completion percentage record (60.7 percent) and passing yardage (2,785) in a single season. Luke Samples holds both records.
In a 55-49 win over Carson-Newman earlier this year, Roach tied a school-record with four touchdown passes. He came close to three other records by completing 37-of-64 passes for 486 yards.
Samples holds those school records with 38 completions, 66 attempts and 495 passing yards in a single game.
Roach has added 91 yards rushing and three scores on 32 carries this season.
As a junior, Roach was 178-of-339 for 2,250 yards with 14 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He also had 25 yards rushing and one score.
He was 206-of-384 for 2,302 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions his sophomore season. He added 22 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
In his career, Roach is 571-of-1,033 (55.2 percent) for 7,256 yards with 54 touchdowns and 45 interceptions. He also has 138 rushing yards and six scores on the ground.