Person Tops Guilford's All-ODAC Football Picks

Greensboro, NC (11/21/02) -- Junior nose guard Brian Person (Hope Mills, NC/Havelock) earned a spot on the First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football team according to a vote of the league's head football coaches, the conference announced Thursday. Junior linebacker Wes Kidd (Southport, NC/South Brunswick) and senior receiver Chris McKinney (Greensboro, NC/Apex) and earned second team laurels while sophomore cornerback O.J. Batts (Wallace, NC/Rose Hill) and senior running back Brandon Lockhart (Roxboro, NC/Person) received honorable mention.

An honorable mention All-ODAC selection in 2001, Person becomes Guilford's first first team All-ODAC defensive lineman since Idris Coleman '00 in 1999. The 6-1, 285-pound junior started nine of the Quakers' 10 games and made a career-high 30 tackles (15 solo). He shared the team lead with 14 tackles for loss, including a personal-best three quarterback sacks. Person paced the ODAC with three forced fumbles and stood eighth in tackles for loss per game (1.56). He enjoyed his best contest in Guilford's Sept. 14 win over Methodist with five tackles, including four behind the line of scrimmage. Person also made four tackles and a career-high two sacks in the Quakers' victory over cross-town rival Greensboro.

Kidd enjoyed the best season of his career in 10 starts at inside linebacker. He led Guilford and ranked fifth in the conference with 8.6 tackles per game, which equals 86 stops on the year (46 solo). He made nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including 1.5 sacks, and broke up three passes. The ODAC Defensive Player of the Week for games of Oct. 12, Kidd led Guilford's tacklers five times and had four games with 10 or more stops. He set a career high with 14 tackles against Washington and Lee Sept. 21 and matched the total a week later in a loss at Hampden-Sydney. Kidd made seven stops and scored his first college touchdown with a 24-yard return of his lone college interception Sept. 14 at Methodist.

McKinney received second team All-ODAC laurels for the third time in his career and becomes the Quakers' first four-time all-league football selection since Junior Lord did it in 1997. McKinney led Guilford's receivers with 42 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games. He ranked fourth in the ODAC with 58.0 receiving yards per outing and stood sixth with 4.2 catches per contest. The 6-2, 200-pound captain also served as the Quakers' top kick returner and ranked fourth in the ODAC with an 8.1-yard punt return average and 10th with a 17.7-yard kickoff return average. McKinney caught six passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, all season highs, in the Quakers' Nov. 2 loss at Randolph-Macon and had three grabs for 104 yards in Guilford's season-opening defeat at Division II Carson-Newman.

McKinney, a first team All-American kick returner in 2001, graduates with 163 receptions in 40 career games, which ranks fourth in league history. He caught a pass in 39 of 40 college games, including the last 37 consecutive contests. McKinney also set ODAC and Guilford standards for punt returns (100), punt return yardage (1,164) and punt returns for a touchdown (5).

Batts ranked fourth on the club with 43 tackles (27 solo) and second with four interceptions. He appeared in 10 games with eight starts, despite an ankle injury suffered midway through the season. The 5-9, 180-pound Batts led the Quakers with nine pass deflections. A second team All-ODAC pick last season, Batts led Guilford with a season-high nine tackles (7 solo) in a Nov. 9 loss to Catholic and also broke up three passes in the game. A team captain, he enters his final season with 14 career interceptions, four shy of breaking the school record set by Drew Baker '94 from 1990-93.

Lockhart, a 5-8, 185-pound tailback, led Guilford's rushers with a personal-best 562 yards and three scores on the ground. The team captain started in nine of 10 appearances and finished fifth in the league with a 56.2-rushing yards per game average. He topped the team in rushing six times and enjoyed the best game of his career Nov. 9 versus Catholic with 158 rushing yards and a score on 14 carries. Lockhart averaged 11.3 yards per rush and scored on a 65-yard touchdown run in the game. The team captain concludes his 37-game Guilford career with 1595 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 390 carries.

Guilford's five all-conference honorees helped coach Mike Ketchum's club to a 3-7 overall record, 0-6 in the ODAC. The Quakers expect nearly 50 letter winners back for the 2003 campaign.