Greensboro, NC -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selected Guilford College senior running back David Heggie (Apex, NC/Apex) as its Offensive Player of the Week for games of October 17. Heggie becomes Guilford's third ODAC Player of the Week this season and has won the league's weekly honor six times in his career.
The 5-8, 180-pound Heggie rushed for a school-record 265 yards and a touchdown on a school-record 39 carries in the Quakers' 28-14 ODAC win over Bridgewater on Saturday. The yardage total broke the former standard of 253 yards set by John Meroney '61 in 1959 against Elon College and ranks fourth on the ODAC all-time single-game rushing chart. Heggie's third-quarter scoring run from three yards out gave him 18 career rushing touchdowns which ties assistant coach Calvin Hunter's '92 school record.
Heggie entered the Bridgewater game with just 131 yards and a touchdown on 39 carries in five injury-riddled games. The fifth-year senior has been plagued by injury since the middle of the 1996 campaign and sat out all but one quarter of the 1997 season with a torn quadriceps muscle. The quadriceps limited his playing time up until the Bridgewater game when he carried the ball 39 times, punted four times for a 36.0-yard average and made two receptions for 11 yards.
Saturday's outburst puts Heggie back into contention for Guilford's career rushing record. Including this year's team-leading 396 yards on 78 carries, he has 3,126 career rushing yards and needs 361 yards over the last four games to break Reggie Kenan's '76 record of 3,486 yards. Randolph-Macon's Remon Smith holds the ODAC career mark with 4,276 rushing yards from 1984-87.
Coach Mike Ketchum's Quakers (4-2, 3-0 ODAC) are preparing for this week's 1:30 P.M. conference matchup with unbeaten Emory & Henry (6-0, 3-0) at Guilford's Armfield Athletic Center. The Wasps are ranked sixth in the October 19 NCAA Division III South Region Poll were picked first in the preseason ODAC Coaches' Poll.