Greensboro, N.C. (11/22/06) -- Guilford College's Chris Barnette and Travis Frazier will play in this Saturday's Sixth Annual East Coast Bowl all-star football game. The pair represent Guilford's fifth and sixth honorees in the game's history.
The East Coast Bowl features 75 student-athletes from NCAA Division I-AA, Division II, Division III and NAIA institutions and is sponsored by the city of Petersburg, Va. and the National Football Foundation/College Hall of Fame. It will be played Saturday, Nov. 25 at Cameron Field in Petersburg at 12 noon. Proceeds from the game benefit a college scholarship for a high school senior who intends to play football. Competitors not only showcase their talents for professional scouts, but they also participate in service projects such as visits to local hospitals and community centers.
Barnette, who became Guilford's first Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Offensive Player of the Year Tuesday, 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 stand 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 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 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 and 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.
Like his high school teammate Barnette, Frazier is a repeat selection to the First Team All-ODAC squad. The senior punter led the ODAC with a career-high 41.3-yard average, which marks the fifth straight season a Guilford kicker has led the conference 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. As the team's place-kicker, Frazier scored 169 points on 109 PATs and 20 field goals (a Guilford NCAA Division III school record) in 40 career games.
The pair 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.