Football Places Four Students on All-ODAC Teams

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football coaches honored two Guilford College students on the 2008 All-ODAC Football Team, league officials announced Wednesday. Senior wide receiver Kevin Vaughn earned first-team recognition and junior defensive end Markas Brunson was a second-team pick. Freshman defensive back Kenneth Hyman III and redshirt-sophomore running back Justin Parker garnered honorable mention all-conference recognition.

Vaughn led Guilford with 76 receptions for 1,197 yards and 11 touchdowns in 10 games. He is ranked fifth nationally in receiving yards per game and 13th in receptions per game through contests of Nov. 22. Vaughn averaged 7.6 receptions and 119.7 receiving yards per game, both league highs. He also led ODAC receivers with 11 touchdowns and ranked fifth among the league's scoring leaders and sixth in all-purpose yards per game. Vaughn had 50 catches for 723 yards with seven scores in six ODAC games, including 15 grabs for 221 yards and two touchdowns at Randolph-Macon College, all career highs. He set a Guilford standard with eight games of at least 100 receiving yards. Vaughn finished his career ranked second in school history with 3,007 receiving yards and fifth with 189 receptions.

Brunson led the Quakers with 8.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss in 10 games. The 5-11, 245-pound defensive end ranked second in the league and 25th in the nation with 0.85 sacks per game. Brunson had Guilford's sixth-highest sack total this year and Guilford's most sacks since 1991. The three-year starter ranked eighth on the team with 35 tackles (22 solo) and had 4.5 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss among his 23 stops in six ODAC games. He made a career-high three sacks against Bridgewater College, one of his six games with at least one sack. Brunson had a season-high eight tackles against Bridgewater, one of his three games with at least five tackles. Also a 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III honoree, he has 15 sacks among his 152 career tackles in 29 games, the fourth-highest total in school history. Brunson received honorable mention All-ODAC recognition as a sophomore.

A 6-1, 170-pound cornerback, Hyman led the Quakers and ranked second in the ODAC with five interceptions in 10 games, the seventh-best total in school history. He stands 42nd in NCAA Division III with 0.5 interceptions per game and ranked third in the ODAC with 1.5 passes defended per game. Hyman finished the season with 26 tackles (17 solo) and 10 pass deflections. The freshman had three interceptions, seven breakups and 13 tackles (10 solo) in six ODAC games. One of his top performances came against Methodist University when he had a season-high seven tackles, two pass breakups and an interception. He returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown at Washington and Lee University, one of his five games with at least one interception. He also broke up three passes and had an interception at Emory & Henry College.

Parker led Guilford with 795 rushing yards on 145 carries in 10 games, the seventh-highest rushing yards total in school history. He set the school record with 10 rushing touchdowns and gained the most rushing yards by a Quakers' back since 1995. Parker averaged 79.5 rushing yards per game, the ODAC's fifth-best figure, and also averaged 5.5 yards per carry. He ranked seventh in the league with 110.4 all-purpose yards per game and was Guilford's fourth-leading receiver with 35 catches for 232 yards. His best performance was when he rushed for a career-high 137 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries versus Averett University, one of his five games with at least 100 rushing yards. The two-year starter carried 89 times for 420 yards (4.7 avg.) and four scores in six ODAC games. He was not tackled for a loss in six ODAC games and averaged 19.2 yards on four kickoff returns.

Coach Kevin Kiesel's club finished with a 4-6 overall record (1-5 ODAC). The Quakers lose nine seniors from the 2008 team and expect as many as 43 letter winners back for the 2009 campaign, including Brunson, Hyman and Parker.

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