Greensboro, N.C. (11-5-07) -- Guilford College's Markas Brunson won the weekly Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Defensive Football Player of the Week Award late Sunday. He is Guilford's first recipient of the weekly defensive prize this season. Brunson also picked up Guilford's Student-Athlete of the Week prize, presented by Guilford's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Brunson made a couple of big plays down the stretch to help Guilford snap a three-game losing streak in a 34-27 victory over Catholic University Nov. 3. He recovered a blocked field goal with 1:24 left in the game and returned it 88 yards for a touchdown, providing the final margin in the win. The 5-10, 225-pound linebacker also forced a Catholic fumble on the Quakers' goal line with 36 seconds left in regulation to ensure the conference victory. Brunson made a game- and career-high 13 tackles (9 solo), including a sack.
Brunson has started all nine games for the Quakers this season. He has accumulated 71 tackles, which ranks third on the team and 10th in the ODAC. His 39 solo tackles stands second on the squad. Brunson has 10.5 tackles for loss and ranks sixth among ODAC TFL per game leaders (1.17).
Coach Kevin Kiesel's Quakers (5-4, 1-4 ODAC) close the season this Saturday (Nov. 10) against conference-rival Emory & Henry College at 1:00 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 student-athletes and non-student-athletes on the campus. 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.