FOREST, Va. – Guilford College's De'Eric Bell, Nathan Campbell, CJ Nash III and Vic Smith, Jr., each received First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football honors Tuesday. The Quakers' Tyriek Russell, Ty Shwallon and Reggie Williams garnered second-team recognition according to voting by the league's head coaches. Guilford's Harrison Kiser, Chase Mitchell, and Trevon Simmons were third-team picks.
League champion Washington and Lee University captured four of the league's five major awards. Max Garrett took home Defensive Player of the Year and Farm Bureau Insurance/ODAC Football Student-Athlete of the Year recognition. Teammate Josh Breece won the league's Rookie of the Year honor and the Generals' Scott Abell was named Coach of the Year. Hampden-Sydney College receiver Cam Johnson won the Offensive Player of the Year honor.
Bell, now a three-time All-ODAC selection, made his second first-team appearance at all-purpose back after a record-setting campaign. The 5-7, 195-pound redshirt junior running back set league and school standards for all-purpose yardage in a game (424, vs. Methodist) and career (6,237), kick-return touchdowns in a season (3) and punt returns in a game (11, vs. Methodist). Bell leads NCAA Division III in kick-return touchdowns (3), combined kick-return yardage (1,043), and all-purpose yards (221.10 yards per game). His 424 all-purpose yards against Methodist University September 9 set the school record and are the most by a Division III football student-athlete this year. His 11 punt returns in the game set the Division III record. Bell enters his final season ranked third in school history with 2,879 career rushing yards and 32 rushing scores, a school record he set this fall. He needs five touchdowns to set Guilford's career standard.
A team captain, Bell returned to action this season after tearing a knee ligament four games into the 2016 campaign. He played in all 10 of the Quakers' 2017 games, starting eight, and led the team in rushing for the third time in four years. Bell stands second in the nation through games of November 25 with a league-leading 30.8 yards per kick return, second in Quakers' history. He also ranks fourth nationally with 831 total kickoff-return yards, now a school standard.
Bell ranked third among the league's rushing leaders (88.4 ypg.) and second in rushing touchdowns with a school-record 13. He had three 100-yard rushing games, including a 227-yard, three-touchdown performance in Guilford's win over Shenandoah University. Bell matched the Guilford standard with four touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 return) in the Quakers' season-ending, 21-point comeback win over ODAC-rival Emory & Henry College. He twice received the ODAC's Offensive Player of the Week Award this year and was named to the D3footballl.com Team of the Week after his performance versus Methodist.
Campbell, a six-foot, 210-pound linebacker, enjoyed the finest of his four seasons this fall with a career-high 64 tackles (33 solo), which ranked fifth on the team. His 6.5 tackles for loss stood second on the squad and his four pass breakups ranked third. Campbell averaged 6.7 tackles in four league games and had three contests with 10 or more stops. He made a career-high 11 tackles in Guilford's season-opening win at NCAA Division III playoff participant Huntingdon College and in the Quakers' victory over league-foe Shenandoah. Campbell concludes his career with 112 tackles (63 solo) and five fumble recoveries in 38 games. He is slated to graduate with a degree in criminal justice.
Nash, a 5-8, 210-pound defensive end, led the ODAC in sacks with a career-high 6.5 in 10 games. The team captain also saved his best for last with 47 tackles (26 solo) and 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage. In addition to leading the league in sacks, he also ranked sixth in tackles for loss. Nash led the team's linemen in tackles and placed seventh on the squad overall. He also forced and recovered a fumble. Nash had two sacks among five tackles against Hampden-Sydney College and had 1.5 sacks among six stops at Methodist. He brought down a season-high seven ball carriers, including one sack, versus Randolph-Macon College. Nash compiled 9.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss among his 78 career stops (39 solo) in 36 games. He is on pace to earn his degree in forensic accounting.
Smith, a 6-0, 175-pound safety, led Guilford and ranked second only to Garrett in the league with 98 tackles this season, his first as a starter. He stands 54th among NCAA Division III tackles per game leaders and 58th in solo stops per outing (5.5). Smith returned his lone interception of the season 43 yards for a touchdown in Guilford's win over Shenandoah. He added 11 tackles during the contest and won the ODAC's Defensive Player of the Week Award. Smith had 10 or more tackles in four of his 10 games (all starts), plus two nine-tackle efforts. He led Guilford's tacklers in four games. Smith concludes his career with 110 tackles (62 solo) in 26 contests and is slated to graduate with a criminal justice degree
Russell, a 5-6, 160-pound wide receiver, started all 10 games for the Quakers and earned Second Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) honors for the second straight season. He had career and team highs of 898 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. Russell also led the team with 60 receptions and five games with over 100 receiving yards. In the ODAC, Russell was ranked third in the ODAC for receiving yards and receiving yards per game, fourth in receptions, receptions per game, and average yards per catch and tied for fifth in receiving touchdowns. His best game came against Methodist University where he had seven receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a career-long touchdown reception of 66 yards. Russell made a season-high eight catches against Washington & Lee University and Emory & Henry College and caught two TDs in a win at Huntingdon College.
Shwallon, a 6-2, 295-pound junior, appeared in seven games with seven starts for the Quakers as an offensive lineman. He blocked for the Quakers' offense that ranked fifth in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) with 448.9 total offensive yards per game. Guilford stood fourth in the league with 33.8 points per contest and had four games with a 100-yard rusher. The Quakers ranked third in the conference in passing offense (309.3 ypg.) and sixth in sacks allowed (26). He missed the first three games and the better half the last two games this season. He is on pace to graduate with a degree in Sport Management.
Simmons, a 6-0, 200-pound linebacker, made the transition from defensive back this season. He appeared in all 10 games for the Quakers, making nine starts. He made 49 tackles (35 solo) with one interception and forced two fumbles. His best game was September 9 at Methodist University when he recorded nine tackles (five solo).
Williams played all 10 of the Quakers' matchups this season, starting in nine games. The 5-7, 175-pound defensive back tallied 69 total tackles, a number that currently ranks seventh in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Of these tackles, 51 came during ODAC play, sixth-best in the league. His 42 solo tackles for the entire season, 10th in the league, while his 6.9 tackles per game ranks eighth. Williams intercepted two passes this season, second on the team and 10th in the ODAC. He also broke up three passes and had three and a half tackles for loss for 21 total yards. Williams had three games this year with 10 total tackles.One of his best performances of the season came on November 11 in the Quakers' comeback victory in their season finale over ODAC rival Emory & Henry College. Williams had six solo tackles, an interception and a pass break up as the Quakers beat the Wasps 42-38 after being down by 21 points.
Kiser, a 6-2, 190-pound kicker, appeared in all 10 of the Quakers' games and earned Third Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) recognition. He was five-for-seven on field-goal attempts and 36-for-39 on extra-point attempts. The 36 extra-points made rank fourth in Guilford history. One of his best performances came against Bridgewater College where he went slotted four extra points and three field goals, including a career-long 35-yard field kick. In the game, Kiser set the school record for points by kicking in a game (13) and tied the Quakers' record for field goals in a game. In the game against Methodist University, Kiser made eight extra-point attempts, which is tied for third in Guilford history for extra-point makes in a game. He finished third in the ODAC with a 71 percent conversion rate on field goals.
Mitchell, a 6-2, 210-pound senior, started in all 10 of the Quakers' contests as a punter and earned Third Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) recognition. He averaged 37.3 yards on his punts and had a long-punt of 53 yards. He pinned the opposing offense inside the 20-yard line 14 times. He will graduate with a degree in elementary education and a minor in sports management.
Coach Chris Rusiewicz's Quakers posted a 5-5 overall record (3-3 ODAC). The Quakers set or tied 19 school records this fall. Guilford won three of its last four games on the season and finished with a .500 record for the fourth time in five years. The Quakers are slated to return as many as 78 letter winners and 11 starters in 2018.