Greensboro, NC (12/12/01) -- Guilford College junior Chris McKinney (Apex, NC/Apex) earned a spot on the 2001 Hewlett-Packard Division III All-American Football Team Wednesday. McKinney made the squad as a return specialist and is the Quakers' first first-team selection since Rodney Alexander '92 made the 1991 All-American unit. He becomes Guilford's first All-America pick since Junior Lord received third-team Hewlett-Packard honors in 1997.
The 24th annual Hewlett-Packard team was selected by a panel of 30 sports information directors representing the four playoff regions in Division III. Voters made first-, second-, and third-team selections with candidates receiving points on a 25-15-10 scale. In addition to the top three teams, players who received 110 or more points earned honorable mention status. The ballot included 423 players representing 160 of the 228 Division III (non-scholarship) football-playing institutions.
McKinney, a 6-2, 200-pound receiver and return specialist, became Guilford's initial Football Gazette First-Team All-South honoree earlier this fall and also received first-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) laurels. He set the NCAA Division III record and tied the all-divisions mark for most punt returns for a touchdown in a season (5). McKinney led all NCAA divisions this season with a 26.65-yards per punt return average, the seventh-best figure in Division III history. He set ODAC and school standards for punt return yards (533) and punt return average in a season and became Guilford's career leader with 994 punt return yards. He ran punts back for scores in each of the Quakers' last three games, all victories, and earned a spot on the d3football.com Team of the Week three times during the season.
McKinney led Guilford with 33 catches for 462 yards and four touchdowns and ranked among the ODAC leaders in all-purpose yards (2nd), scoring (4th) and receptions (10th). He averaged 19.0 yards per return in a career-high 21 kickoff returns. His 11 touchdowns marked the most by a Guilford player since Lord's school-record 18 scores in 1997. McKinney was a second-team All-ODAC pick in 1998 and 1999 before transferring to North Carolina State after the 1999 season. He walked on to the Wolfpack's football team before returning to Guilford last August.
McKinney helped coach Mike Ketchum's Quakers win their last three games and finish with a 4-6 overall record. Guilford went 3-3 in the ODAC, good for second place. The Quakers expect 16 starters from this year's squad back in 2002.