GREENSBORO, NC - Chris Barnette became Guilford College's 22nd football All-American in school history Saturday when he received second-team honors on Don Hansen's Football Gazette NCAA Division III 2005 All-American Team. The Quakers have had at least one football student-athlete earn All-America honors in four of the last five years.
Hansen, whose small-college football publication has selected 18 Division III All-America squads, chose this year's 112 honorees from over 700 nominations.
Barnette, a first team All-South Region pick according to the Football Gazette, shared the NCAA lead (all divisions) with 10.1 catches per game. He also earned third team All-South honors from D3football.com. The 6-0, 175-pound receiver set Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and school records with 101 receptions, also an NCAA high (all divisions). The 2005 First Team All-ODAC pick had six games with at least 10 catches and recorded a school-best 1,369 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. An ODAC Offensive Player of the Week and two-time member of D3football.com's Team of the Week, Barnette tied the league and school standards with 17 receptions in Guilford's Nov. 5 win over Catholic. He had a school-record 233 receiving yards and three scores in the game. Barnette ranked second among Division III leaders in receiving yards per game (136.9) and 50th in all-purpose yardage (133.9). He scored a team-high 96 points and placed 29th among Division III scoring leaders (9.6 points per game).
Barnette 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 standard with four ODAC wins and won their last four games. Picked sixth in the preseason ODAC coaches' poll, Guilford shared second place in the league with a 4-2 record.