Greensboro, NC -- Guilford College punter Christian Adams earned First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football honors, the league announced Tuesday. The league's head football coaches made the selections and awarded Quakers' defensive end Delvin Newkirk second-team recognition. Sophomore Chris Barnette and senior Chase Waterhouse received honorable mention.
Washington and Lee's Frank Mirielllo won the league's Coach of the Year Award. Senior C.W. Clemmons of Hampden-Sydney took home Offensive Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. The Tigers' Drew Smith captured the Rookie of the Year prize and Bridgewater's Lawrence Frierson was named the ODAC's Defensive Player of the Year.
A 5-9, 165-pound senior, Adams is the Quakers' first student-athlete to receive consecutive first team all-conference football laurels since 1997. He led the league's punters for the third straight season with a 41.2-yards per kick average, the second-best figure in NCAA Division III this week. Adams kicked 63 times for 2,595 yards with a long kick of 64 yards against Washington and Lee Oct. 23. He placed 16 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line and forced three fair catches. The 2004 Football Gazette Preseason All-American averaged over 40 yards per kick in six games and had 10 boots of at least 50 yards. A 2003 Second Team College Sports Information Directors All-American, Adams set the ODAC record with a 40.14 career punting average and the Quakers' career standard with 188 punt attempts.
Newkirk led Guilford in sacks and tackles for loss for the fourth straight season and captured Second Team All-ODAC honors for the second year in a row. The 5-11, 240-pound senior finished third on the team with 52 stops (31 solo). His 1.25 tackles for loss per game and career-high three forced fumbles ranked second in the ODAC. Newkirk made 12.5 tackles for loss, including four quarterback sacks. He had nine-tackle performances this season against Ferrum and Randolph-Macon. Newkirk felled three ballcarriers behind the line and had a sack against Randolph-Macon. The four-year starter concludes his Guilford career with 194 tackles, including a school-record 61.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks, in 40 games.
Waterhouse, a 6-1, 205-pound defensive back, led Guilford's tacklers with a career-high 74 stops (42 solo) and ranked third in the ODAC with 7.4 tackles per game. The Air Force Academy transfer split time at safety and cornerback in 2004 and led Guilford with two interceptions and five passes defended. He led Guilford's tacklers three times this season, including Sept. 25 when he matched his career high with 10 tackles at nationally ranked Hampden-Sydney. Waterhouse had eight stops, two interceptions and a pass breakup in the Quakers' Nov. 5 win over Catholic and received one of the team's Defensive Player of the Week awards. He made 122 tackles in 16 Guilford games with three interceptions and six passes defended. Waterhouse started in all 16 contests of his Quakers' career.
Barnette had the most prolific season by a Guilford receiver since 1999. He ranked third among the league's receptions per game leaders (5.2) after making 52 grabs for 476 yards and five touchdowns, all career- and team-high figures. His 52 catches rank seventh in Guilford history. The younger brother of former North Carolina State quarterback Jamie Barnette, he caught a touchdown pass in each of Guilford's last four games. Barnette made nine grabs for 137 yards and a score, all career highs, Oct. 30 at Randolph-Macon. He made 31 catches for 290 yards and four scores versus league opposition. Barnette took over as Guilford's backup quarterback in the last week of October, but never played under center during a game. He shared the Quakers' total scoring lead (36 points) with classmate Micah Rushing and ranked third on the team with 50.7 all-purpose yards per game.
Coach Mike Ketchum's Quakers finished the season with a 1-9 record (1-6 ODAC). Guilford expects 48 letter winners back in 2005, including Barnette and the 25 freshmen on this year's team.