Greensboro, NC (12/17/03) -- Guilford College junior Christian Adams (St. Cloud, FL/St. Cloud) earned a spot on the College Sports Information Directors Division III All-America Football Team Wednesday. Adams made the squad as a second-team punter and is the Quakers' first All-America selection since return specialist Chris McKinney '03 made the 2001 All-America unit. Adams becomes Guilford's first All-America punter since Tony Swainey '75 received NAIA All-America laurels in 1974.
The 26th annual 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 321 players representing 130 of the 229 Division III (non-scholarship) football-playing institutions.
A 5-9, 160-pound punter, Adams led the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) for the second straight season and ranks fourth in NCAA Division III with a school-record 41.6-yard average. He earned Second Team Football Gazette All-South Region and First Team All-ODAC honors this season. Adams placed 22 of 66 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line with four fair catches and three touchbacks. He kicked 13 punts of 50 or more yards and six of 60 yards or more, including a 76-yard boot against Ferrum, which ranks second in Guilford history. He averaged over 40 yards per kick in nine of 10 contests, including the October 4 matchup with Greensboro where he averaged 45.1 yards on nine punts. Adams' 41.6-yard average stands third in ODAC history and broke Guilford's 39-year-old school record.
Head coach Mike Ketchum concluded his 13th season at Guilford with a 2-8 overall record, 1-5 in the ODAC. Guilford finished sixth among seven ODAC teams and expects 52 letter winners back in 2004, including Adams.