Greensboro, N.C. (12/11/06) -- Guilford College's Chris Barnette earned a spot on the 2006 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches' All-America Team Monday. He joins Bryan Garland '95 as the only two Guilford students so honored by the AFCA.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945 and currently picks teams in all five of its divisions (NCAA Division I, NCAA Division I-AA, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA). Selections are made by head coaches of teams in the respective divisions. The 20 seniors on this year's squad, including Barnette, earned invitations to play on the AFCA's Division III all-star team that meets a collection of Mexican all-stars in the Aztec Bowl this Saturday Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Barnette, who became Guilford's first Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Offensive Player of the Year last month, made 94 catches for 900 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games, all league highs. Last week he received First Team All-South Region recognition from D3football.com. The senior receiver stands second in NCAA Division III through games of Dec. 2 with 9.4 catches per game and ranks 21st among national receiving yards per game leaders (90.0). His 94 receptions rank second in school history to his own league-record 101 grabs in 2005 and fourth in ODAC history. Barnette enjoyed six games with at least 10 catches, including Guilford's Sept. 9 win at Methodist where he made a season-high 14 grabs for 130 yards and a score. He caught no fewer than eight passes in every game save the season finale at Emory & Henry, where an injury forced him out of the contest before making a catch.
A third-team selection to D3football.com's 2005 All-South unit, Barnette was chosen to play in the 2006 East Coast Bowl Nov. 25, but missed the game with an injury. He concluded his career as Guilford's receptions leader with 266 catches for 2,953 yards and 30 touchdowns. Barnette ranks third among the ODAC's all-time receptions leaders and 12th in NCAA Division III history, according to records through 2005. He earned Second Team Football Gazette All-America honors last year and was a 2006 preseason All-American according to three preseason media outlets.
Barnette helped second-year head coach Kevin Kiesel's club to a 6-4 overall record (3-3 ODAC), Guilford's best since its 1997 ODAC championship team went 8-2. Combined with last year's 5-5 record, the Quakers have recorded back-to-back non-losing seasons for the first time since 1990 and 1991.