Chris Barnette Named ODAC Offensive Player of the Year
Greensboro, N.C. (11/21/06) -- Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football coaches selected Guilford College's Chris Barnette as its 2006 Offensive Player of the Year, league officials announced Tuesday. Barnette joined teammates Josh Vogelbach, Micah Rushing and Travis Frazier as first team all-conference selections. Guilford's Blake Underwood and Mike Six received second team All-ODAC honors. Joe Joyner and Bryan Cook were honorable mention selections.
Barnette, Guilford's first ODAC Offensive Player of the Year, made 94 catches for 900 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games, all league highs. The senior receiver ranks second in NCAA Division III through games of Nov. 18 with 9.4 catches per game and stands 20th among national receiving yards per game leaders (90.0). His 94 receptions rank second in school history to his own league-record 101 grabs of 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 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown. He had 12 catches for 116 yards and two scores, including the game-winner in the second overtime of the Quakers' 36-30 win over crosstown-rival Greensboro. Barnette won Guilford's game Most Valuable Player and the ODAC Offensive Player of the Week awards for his efforts in the Sept. 30 contest. 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 without a catch.
Barnette concludes his brilliant career as Guilford's receptions leader with 266 catches for 2,953 yards and 30 touchdowns. He ranks third among the ODAC's all-time receptions leaders, fifth in career receiving yards and fourth in career touchdown receptions. His 266 grabs rank 12th in NCAA Division III history, according to records through the 2005 season. Barnette earned Second Team Football Gazette All-America honors last year and was a 2006 preseason All-American according to three preseason media outlets.
Vogelbach (pronounced voh-gull-back), last year's ODAC Rookie of the Year, enjoyed another record-breaking season as the Quakers' starting quarterback. The redshirt sophomore completed 306-of-534 passes for 3,394 yards and 32 touchdowns in 10 games. He broke his own ODAC season marks for pass completions and attempts and had the fourth-highest touchdown pass total in league history. Vogelbach ranks second among Division III total offense and passing yardage leaders (347.2 ypg) and 76th in passing efficiency (120.7). A two-time ODAC Offensive Player of the Week, he passed for over 300 yards six times, including a 502-yard performance at Averett Sept. 16, the second-best passing day in league history. Vogelbach threw at least four touchdowns five times and set the school record with six scoring strikes in the Quakers' season-opening win over Ferrum Sept. 2.
After 20 college games, Vogelbach is already Guilford's career leader in passing completions (586), attempts (1,006), yards (6,943), and touchdowns (69). He holds the ODAC career mark for completions and ranks second in passing yards and attempts.
A senior receiver, Rushing led the league and ranks 30th nationally with 141.7 all-purpose yards per game. He made 77 catches for 697 yards and eight touchdowns. Rushing led Guilford's rushers with 412 yards and two scores on 62 carries and averaged 19.9 yards on 15 kickoff returns. He ranks fourth among NCAA Division III receptions per game leaders (7.8) and 69th in receiving yards per game (70.7). Rushing rolled up 237 all-purpose yards, including a career-high 150 rushing yards, in Guilford's Oct. 14 upset of nationally ranked Bridgewater, which snapped the Eagles' 36-game ODAC winning streak. He concludes his career ranked second among the Quakers' all-time receptions leaders and fifth in league history with 203 catches. Rushing holds Guilford's career standards for kickoff returns (69) and kickoff return yards (1,495) and ranks second in career all-purpose yards (4,575). He was a 2005 honorable mention All-ODAC pick.
Like his high school teammate Barnette, Frazier is a repeat selection to the First Team All-ODAC squad. The senior punter led the league with a career-high 41.3-yard average, which marks the fifth straight season a Guilford kicker has led the league in punting average. Frazier kicked a league-low 34 times for 1,404 yards with six touchbacks and nine kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He unleashed his career-long punt in his final college game with a 65-yard boot at Emory & Henry. Frazier also handled place-kicking and kickoff duties and set the Quakers' records for point-after kicks in a season (33, 2005) and career (109). He averaged 39.5 yards per punt in his two seasons as Guilford's punter.
Underwood, Guilford's starting center, anchored the line of the Quakers' offense that leads the nation with 348.4 passing yards per game and ranks 10th in total offense (432.0 ypg). Guilford ranks 27th in the land with an average of 31.2 points per game. The sophomore transfer from Catawba started all 10 contests and snapped all of Guilford's offensive plays. The Quakers' offensive line paved the way for 206 rushing yards in Guilford's win over Bridgewater Oct. 14, the team's most rushing yards since 2004.
Six led Guilford's defensive line with 59 tackles, including three sacks and 12.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The sophomore nose guard also broke up a pass, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in his first Guilford campaign. Six led the Quakers and ranked fourth in the league in tackles for loss per game. He had three-and-a-half tackles for loss in against Washington and Lee and Emory & Henry, a team season high. His 12 stops against Washington and Lee included eight solo tackles and matched the team's highest single-game total this year. He made eight tackles and a sack at Averett and had six stops (5 solo) at Emory & Henry.
Joyner ranked third in the ODAC in receptions and fifth in receiving yards per game. He matched his career high with 57 catches for 642 yards and seven touchdowns. The redshirt junior receiver ranks 38th among the national receptions per game leaders (5.7). Joyner caught a career-high nine balls for 84 yards and a touchdown at Averett and had six grabs for 104 yards and two touchdowns the following week at Hampden-Sydney. He caught at least one score in each of his first five games and made two scoring grabs against Ferrum and Hampden-Sydney. A three-year starter, Joyner has 128 catches for 1,650 yards and 15 touchdowns in his 30 college contests.
Another three-year starter, Cook enjoyed his finest season as a member of Guilford's secondary. The junior safety ranked third on the team with a career-high 57 stops and had at least six tackles in each of his last seven games. Cook added two sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles to his defensive totals, all new personal highs. He recorded an interception in each of the Quakers' final three games, including the season finale at Emory & Henry where he also contributed six tackles (5 solo), a sack and forced a fumble. He enters his senior season with 157 tackles and seven interceptions in his 30-game career.
The six students 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 that 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. Kiesel looks forward to returning Vogelbach, Six, Joyner and Cook next season.