Eight Quakers Earn All-Conference Honors

GREENSBORO, NC - The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) head football coaches tabbed Guilford College redshirt-freshman quarterback Josh Vogelbach as the league's Freshman of the Year Tuesday. Junior teammates Chris Barnette and Travis Frazier earned First Team All-ODAC recognition. Vogelbach, senior center Ian Kirwan, redshirt-junior linebacker Mario Paylor and junior cornerback Devon White were second-team selections. Junior receiver Micah Rushing and sophomore defensive end Scottie Byrd earned honorable mention recognition.

The Quakers' first football ODAC Freshman of the Year, Vogelbach set NCAA Division III freshman and school passing records for attempts (475), completions (280), passing yards (3,549), passing touchdowns (37) and total offense (3,638). His 280 completions also set the ODAC standard. A two-time ODAC Offensive Player of the Week, he earned a spot on Football Gazette's National Offensive Player of the Week list for NCAA Division III for the week ending Oct. 2. Vogelbach set ODAC single-game records for passing yards (582), pass attempts (72) and completions (45) in the Quakers' 49-42 victory at Catholic Nov. 5. He threw a school record-tying five touchdowns five times and ranks third among the national total offensive yards per game leaders (363.8)

Barnette, Division III's leading receiver, set ODAC and school records with 101 receptions. He had six games with at least 10 catches and finished with a school-best 1,369 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Also an ODAC Offensive Player of the Week and a two-time member of the D3football.com Team of the Week, Barnette tied the league and school standards with 17 receptions at Catholic. He had a school-record 233 receiving yards and three scores in the game. Barnette ranks second in the land in receiving yards per game (136.9) and scored a team-best 96 points on 15 touchdowns and three two-point conversions.

Frazier is the Quakers' third-straight First Team All-ODAC punter after leading the league with a 37.8 yards-per kick average. Ranked 46th among this week's NCAA Division III punting leaders, he placed 12 of his 37 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line and forced three fair catches. In his first year as the Quakers' punter, Frazier averaged over 40 yards per punt four times and unleashed a career-long 61-yard kick against Methodist. He also served as Guilford's place-kicker and set the school marks with 33 point-after attempts (PAT) this season and 77 in his career. Frazier led the ODAC in PAT kicking percentage (97.1) and added two field goals for 39 points.

Kirwan centered the Quakers' line that yielded 16 sacks for an offense that threw a school-record 480 times this season. He started all 10 games, despite spending his first two Guilford campaigns on the defensive line. Kirwan and his mates were cited by D3football.com after the Catholic game where they did not yield a sack against the ODAC's sack leaders in 72 pass attempts. The Quakers' offensive line ranks third in the ODAC with 16 sacks allowed.

Paylor finished second on the team and 12th in the conference with 6.5 tackles per game. He twice led Guilford's tacklers, including Sept. 10 when he made a career-high 12 stops against Methodist. Paylor had 65 stops, six tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including two sacks, and broke up three passes. He made an interception and recovered a league-high three fumbles. Paylor returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown in the Quakers' Oct. 22 win over league-leading Washington and Lee.

White shared the league lead with six interceptions, including five in Guilford's final three games, all wins. He earned a spot on D3football.com's Team of the Week after a career- and team-high eight-tackle, two-interception effort in the Quakers' 42-6 win over Emory & Henry Nov. 12. White finished sixth on the club with 43 tackles (31 solo) and added five pass breakups. He sealed Guilford's narrow wins over Greensboro and Catholic with interceptions on the opponent's final possession.

Rushing narrowly missed a Second-Team All-ODAC nod, despite ranking ninth in the nation in receptions per game (7.8) and 36th in receiving yards per game (93.0).  He also stands among the national leaders in all-purpose yards per game (148.1) and kickoff returns (23.7).  Rushing caught 79 passes for 937 yards and scored 10 touchdowns (2 rushing, 8 receiving). He also threw a touchdown pass and scored in nine of 10 games.  He caught at least 11 passes in a game three times and had five games with at least 100 receiving yards.  Rushing amassed over 200 all-purpose yards four times, including a career-best 256-yard showing in Guilford's win over Washington and Lee.  He ran for 29 yards and a touchdown, made a career-high 12 catches for 110 yards and a score, and returned four kickoffs for 117 yards in the win.

Byrd was Guilford's top defensive lineman and ranked among ODAC leaders in tackles for loss (4th, 1.25 per game) and sacks (5th, 0.45). He finished seventh on the squad with 41 stops (24 solo) and led the team with 11 tackles for loss and three sacks, all career highs.  Byrd made nine tackles, including four behind the line of scrimmage, against Methodist and had eight tackles and one and a half sacks against Washington and Lee.
 

The student-athletes helped Guilford (5-5) enjoy its best season since the 1997 club shared the ODAC title with an 8-2 record (4-1 ODAC).  First-year head coach Kevin Kiesel's Quakers matched the school record with four ODAC wins and finished the year on a four-game winning streak.  Picked sixth in the preseason coaches' poll, Guilford shared second place in the league with a 4-2 record and expects 47 letter winners back in 2006.

 

Offensive Player-of-the-Year

J.D. Ricca, Hampden-Sydney

 

Defensive Player-of-the-Year

Bobby Stutz, Catholic

 

Freshman-of-the-Year

Josh Vogelbach, Guilford

 

Scholar-Athlete-of-the Year

Liam Murray, Washington and Lee

 

Coach-of-the-Year

Mike Clark, Bridgewater

 

2005 ODAC All-Conference Football Team

 

First-Team Offense

Pos.

Player

Team

QB J.D. Ricca Hampden-Sydney
RB Marcus Washington Bridgewater
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