Greensboro, NC (11/17/98) -- Seven Guilford College football players received All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football honors the league announced Tuesday. Six players received second team honors by a vote of the league's six head coaches, while a seventh earned honorable mention recognition. This season marked the first time Guilford has not had a player selected to the first team All-ODAC squad since joining the league in 1991.
League champion Emory & Henry placed 13 players on the all-conference team and swept both major postseason awards as junior running back Oliver Jordan received the ODAC Player of the Year Award and Lou Wacker received his unprecedented fifth Coach of the Year prize.
Guilford's second-team performers include: senior running back David Heggie (Apex, NC/Apex), freshman receiver Chris McKinney (Apex, NC/Apex), senior defensive lineman Scott Sinclair (Rockingham, NC/Richmond Senior), senior nose guard Humberto Padilla (Kenner, LA/De LaSalle), junior safety Luke Martin (Griffithsville, WV/Duval) and junior cornerback Jimmy Lamour (Hollywood, FL/Miramar). Senior defensive lineman Terrance Wilson (Minneapolis, MN/Roosevelt) earned honorable mention honors.
Heggie concluded a stellar Guilford career as the team's leading rusher with 512 yards and two touchdowns on 109 carries. He struggled with assorted injuries throughout the year, but was well enough to rush for a school-record 265 yards and a touchdown in Guilford's October 17 win over league-rival Bridgewater. The performance earned Heggie his sixth career ODAC Offensive Player of the Week Award and ranked ninth among 1998 Division III single-game rushing leaders. The 5-8, 190-pound back also placed fourth on the team with a career-high 12 receptions (including three touchdowns) and handled Guilford's punting duties. He kicked 62 times for a 36.8 yards per kick average.
Heggie finished as Guilford's second all-time leading rusher with 3,242 yards and a school-record 18 rushing touchdowns. He enjoyed his finest season as a freshman in 1994 when he rushed for 1,207 yards and eight touchdowns en route to ODAC Player of the Year honors. Heggie received first team All-ODAC laurels a second time in 1995 after gaining a team-high 953 rushing yards. He also graduates as Guilford's second all-time leading punter with 157 career punts.
With Heggie out of the offensive lineup for part of the season, McKinney took over as the team's top playmaker. He led Guilford's receivers with 25 catches for 428 yards and a team-best four touchdown receptions. His 25 catches marked the most in a season by a true Guilford freshman since Junior Lord made 49 grabs in 1994. The 6-2, 185-pound receiver led the ODAC in kickoff returns with a 23.3-yard average on 16 returns. He ranked third in the league in all-purpose yards per game (101.2), fourth in punt return average (7.6), and receiving yards per game (42.8). McKinney posted four straight games with a career-high four receptions, including a four-catch, 131-yard, two-touchdown performance against Bridgewater October 17. He totalled a season-best 206 all-purpose yards versus Emory & Henry a week later.
Martin led Guilford's tacklers in seven of the Quakers' 10 contests and finished with a team-high 113 tackles (40 solo), the most by a Guilford player since Rob Davenport '96 made 120 stops in 1992. A three-year starter, Martin made 10 or more tackles seven times and had no fewer than eight tackles all season long. He recorded a season-best 16 stops against Ferrum October 10. The week before, Martin had 15 tackles at Division I-AA Davidson and recovered two Wildcat fumbles. The strong safety led Guilford with three fumble recoveries on the year and ranked second on the team with two interceptions. He now has 223 tackles and six interceptions in his three years.
Padilla notched a career-high 53 tackles (9 solo) from his nose guard post, including a team-high 16 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He forced a club-best five fumbles in his 10 games and recorded two quarterback sacks which raised his career total to 7.5. Padilla matched his career high with nine tackles in Guilford's season-opening 9-0 win over Methodist, including five stops for a loss. He recorded eight tackles against Davidson October 3, including four which cost the Wildcats 40 yards. Padilla concludes his four-year Guilford career with 151 tackles, including 43 tackles for loss.
Since the All-ODAC teams have a 4-3 defensive formation, Sinclair technically earned his first All-ODAC recognition at linebacker, although he started 10 games at defensive end in Guilford's 5-0 defensive scheme. The senior led Guilford with a career-high six quarterback sacks which accounted for the loss of 76 yards. Sinclair's 66 tackles (26 solo) ranked third on the team, first among the Quakers' defensive linemen. He turned in a pair of 10-tackle performances, the first against Ferrum October 10 and the second in his final collegiate contest against Chowan November 14. Sinclair finished with 14 tackles behind the line for a loss of 82 yards, one safety and two batted down passes. After compiling 202 career tackles (95 solo) and 12 sacks in his four football seasons, he now turns his attention to the baseball diamond where he is a three-year letter winner with the Guilford nine.
Lamour makes his second straight appearance on the All-ODAC team after receiving first team all-league laurels in 1997. The 5-11, 165-pound cornerback led Guilford with four interceptions which raised his career total to 11, six shy of the Quakers' career record. He wrapped up a career-high 46 ballcarriers (22 solo), broke up four passes and recovered two fumbles in 1998. Lamour excelled on special teams where he blocked a kick and ranked third in the ODAC with a 20.4-yard kickoff return average. He received his second ODAC Defensive Player of the Week prize after he made five tackles, recovered a fumble and recorded an interception in the end zone against Washington and Lee. He also took away a touchdown from Chowan and now has five career end zone interceptions. Lamour returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown against Bridgewater and made a career-high 10 tackles against league champion Emory & Henry October 24.
Wilson worked with Padilla and Sinclair on the defensive line at one of the two tackle spots. He finished the season with a career-high 36 tackles (10 solo), including 13 behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 51 yards. Wilson finished second on the team with three and a half sacks and three forced fumbles. He enjoyed one of the best games of his career with 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks in Guilford's season-opening shutout of Methodist. His honorable mention selection caps a four-year career which saw him register 122 tackles (40 solo) and 10 quarterback sacks.
Coach Mike Ketchum's club finished the season 4-6 overall, and in third place in the ODAC with a 3-2 record. While the Quakers graduate 11 seniors from this season's club, 43 letter winners are slated to return in 1999, including 14 starters.