Greensboro, N.C. (10/16/06) -- Guilford College senior Micah Rushing won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's (ODAC) Offensive Player of the Week Award and teammate Markas Brunson captured the league's Defensive Player of the Week Award Monday. The announcement marks the first time Guilford swept both weekly prizes since Dwayne Cherry '99 (offensive) and Jimmy Lamour '99 (defensive) were honored Sept. 21, 1998.
Rushing and Brunson also share Guilford's Student-Athlete of the Week Award, which is sponsored by the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The pair played key roles in the Quakers' 33-28 upset of previously unbeaten and nationally ranked Bridgewater Oct. 14. Guilford's first victory over Bridgewater since 1998 ended the Eagles' 36-game winning streak against ODAC rivals that dated to 2000.
Rushing becomes Guilford's third winner of the ODAC's offensive prize this season. The 5-9, 190-pound receiver entered Saturday's game ranked fifth among NCAA Division III receptions per game leaders (9.0), but lined up at tailback and rushed for a career-high 150 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. He had 109 yards and a 21-yard touchdown on eight first-half carries to spark Guilford to a 24-14 halftime lead. His 150 rushing yards are the most gained by an ODAC back this season and the most by a Quakers' student since Brandon Lockhart '03 picked up 158 yards on the ground against Catholic Nov. 9, 2002. Rushing added four receptions for a game-high 80 yards and a seven-yard kickoff return for a season-best 237 all-purpose yards, the league's second-best total this year.
Rushing's performance gives him a team-high 224 rushing yards in six games for the Quakers, who entered Saturday's game with Division III's top passing offense. He also has 48 receptions for 445 yards and five touchdowns and 171 kickoff return yards on eight attempts. Rushing leads the ODAC with 141.7 all-purpose yards per game ranks second among the league leaders in receptions (8.2) and receiving yards (75.8) per game. He stands fifth in the conference with 6.3 points per game.
Brunson is Guilford's second recipient of the ODAC's weekly defensive honor this season. The 5-10, 225-pound freshman appeared in his first four college contests as a reserve defensive lineman. After sitting out the Quakers' Sept. 30 game with an injury, he returned as a starting linebacker and totalled a career-high nine tackles in Guilford's win over Bridgewater. He made 2.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including one-and-a-half sacks, and added a quarterback hurry. Brunson has 22 tackles this season (14 solo), including a five tackles for loss and two-and-a-half sacks, both team highs.
Coach Kevin Kiesel's Quakers (4-2, 1-1 ODAC) seek their third straight victory when they visit league-leading Washington and Lee (5-1, 3-0 ODAC) Saturday in Lexington, Va. Kickoff for the Generals' Homecoming game is 1:30 p.m.
Guilford's SAAC is comprised of representatives from each of the school's 16 varsity teams. The group meets regularly to discuss the state of Guilford Athletics and seeks to build community among the school's student-athletes and non-student-athletes. Other recent Guilford SAAC activities include a canned-food drive to benefit local charities and dodgeball competitions among representatives from Guilford's administration and athletic teams.