Greensboro, NC (8/4/06) -- Guilford College head football coach Kevin Kiesel announced senior linebacker Mario Paylor will serve as the Quakers' captain for the 2006 season Friday. Paylor received the honor by virtue of a team vote conducted at the end of spring workouts in April. For the past 12 years, Guilford has almost exclusively used game captains as opposed to permanent captains.
"He leads by example," Kiesel said. "He has a charismatic personality who can get along with all kinds of people. He can look at his teammates and appreciate all of them."
A fifth-year senior, Paylor enjoyed his finest campaign in 2005 and earned Second Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) recognition. He placed second on the team and 12th in the conference with 6.5 tackles per game. Paylor had a career-best 65 stops, six 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 twice led Guilford's tacklers, including Sept. 10 when he made a career-high 12 stops against Methodist. He returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown in the Quakers' Oct. 22 win over league-leading Washington and Lee. In 20 career games, Paylor has 107 tackles (56 solo), including 14.5 behind the line and 3.5 sacks.
The Quakers report for camp Aug. 10 in preparation for their Sept. 2 season opener with Ferrum College in Guilford's renovated Armfield Athletic Center. The team returns 25 letter winners and 11 starters from last year's club that won its last four games to finish with a 5-5 overall record and in second place in the ODAC a 4-2 mark. Guilford ranked fourth in the ODAC's preseason coaches' poll, its highest rating since 2002.