Greensboro, N.C. (11/21/07) -- Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football coaches honored five Guilford College students on their 2007 All-ODAC Football Team, league officials announced Wednesday. Redshirt-junior quarterback Josh Vogelbach and redshirt-senior receiver Joe Joyner earned first-team recognition. Teammates Brad Davis, Mike Six and Blake Underwood were second-team picks. Redshirt-sophomore receiver Hagen Miller and sophomore linebacker Markas Brunson earned honorable mention all-conference laurels.
Vogelbach completed 331 of 518 passes for 3,618 yards and 35 touchdowns to become the first repeat First Team All-ODAC quarterback since 2001. Through games of Nov. 17, he ranks second in NCAA Division III with 361.8 passing yards and 360.0 total offensive yards per game. Vogelbach set the league's completions record and broke Guilford standards for passing yards and pass completion percentage (63.9%). He passed for over 300 yards eight times, including a league-record 592-yard effort versus league champion Hampden-Sydney College that ranks sixth in NCAA Division III history. His eight touchdowns in the Quakers' season-opening win over Southern Virginia University set league and school records and helped garner the first of two ODAC Offensive Player of the Week Awards. He set ODAC standards with 48 completions in 79 attempts in the Quakers' Soup Bowl victory over crosstown-rival Greensboro College. The 48 completions are the most in Division III this year and fourth all time. Vogelbach, who holds 13 Guilford passing records, enters his senior season with 10,561 career passing yards, which stands ninth in NCAA Division III history. His 104 career touchdown passes rank 11th all-time.
In the finest season of his career, Joyner was Vogelbach's second-favorite target with 74 receptions for 821 yards and a team-high 16 touchdowns, the second-best total in school history. He stands among NCAA Division III leaders in receptions (7.4, 14th) and scoring (9.6 ppg., 21st). Joyner enjoyed three games with at least 10 catches, including a career-high 11 grabs for 86 yards and three scores at Greensboro. He caught three touchdowns in four of the Quakers' first five games and scored in all but two contests. In the Quakers' win over Averett University, Joyner had three scores among his six receptions for a season-high 126 yards, one of four outings with at least 100 receiving yards. He played in 40 games and graduates ranked among the Quakers' career leaders in receptions (202, 4th), receiving yards (2,471, 3rd), touchdown receptions (31, 2nd) and points (188, 4th).
Davis and Underwood anchored the line for Guilford's offense, which ranks eighth in Division III with a league-best 493.8 total offensive yards per game. Davis is a four-year starter on the line, including this season at left tackle. Underwood, Guilford's starting center and a repeat selection to the All-ODAC Second Team, snapped all 837 offensive plays, plus punts and placement kicks as the team's long snapper. Guilford passed the ball 544 times this season (three shy of the school record) and yielded just 17 sacks. Through games of Nov. 17, the Quakers lead the nation with 376.8 passing yards per game and stand 19th with 36.9 points per game. Guilford led the ODAC in six offensive categories and set five school offensive team season records, including the standard for points (369).
Like Underwood, Six is a junior and a repeat selection to the All-ODAC Second Team. The 6-3, 270-pound defensive lineman ranked 19th in the league and fourth on the team with 7.2 tackles per game. He had 58 stops (29 solo) in eight games, including 10.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage that ranked 10th in the ODAC. Six shared the Quakers' lead with three-and-a-half sacks, broke up three passes and blocked a kick. He made a league-best five tackles for loss versus Emory & Henry College, including two key sacks late in the Quakers' 21-17 victory. The league awarded Six its Defensive Player of the Week Award Nov. 11 for his efforts. He had a team- and career-best 13 tackles (9 solo) versus Hampden-Sydney, one of his two games with 10 or more stops.
Miller leads NCAA Division III with 10.3 receptions per game after making a school-record 103 grabs for 976 yards and 11 touchdowns this year. The 103 catches stand 11th all-time in NCAA Division III history. His 97.6 receiving yards per game rank 25th in the land and third in the ODAC. The first-year starter also finished among the league's best in scoring (5th, 7.0 ppg.) and all-purpose yards per game (10th, 105.7). Miller had seven games with at least 10 receptions, including three 14-catch efforts that stand third in school history. The 6-1, 175-pound wideout caught 14 passes for 199 yards and three scores, all career highs, versus Hampden-Sydney. His 199 receiving yards stand third in school history.
Brunson finished second on the team with 84 tackles and ranked seventh among the conference's tackles per game leaders (8.4). He had four contests with at least 10 stops, including back-to-back 13-tackle efforts in the final two weeks of the season. His career-best 13 tackles versus the Catholic University of America Nov. 3 included a potential victory-saving stop with 36 seconds left in regulation that forced a fumble recovered by the Quakers on the Guilford goal line. Less than a minute earlier, he returned a blocked field goal 88 yards for his first college touchdown and provided the final margin in Guilford's 34-27 win. Brunson led the Quakers' tacklers in three of the final four games.
Coach Kevin Kiesel's club finished with a 6-4 overall record (2-4 ODAC) for the team's first consecutive winning seasons since 1990-91. Guilford set or tied at least 26 team and individual school records this year. Kiesel, who moved into fifth place among Guilford's all-time football coaching wins leaders, expects 82 letter winners back in 2008.