GREENSBORO, N.C. (10/30/09) -- Guilford senior linebacker Richie Paul has been invited to the first annual D-III Senior Classic, hosted by the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL). The CDFL is a competitive football league meant to train football players 18-24 years of age for post-high school play. The inaugural D-III Senior Classic showcases the top 90 seniors in NCAA Division III with a North vs. South all-star game. Players are invited to play based on application and committee selection. The Senior Classic takes place Dec. 5 at Salem Stadium in Salem, Va.
Paul, a 5-9, 195-pound linebacker, has had a decorated career for the Quakers. A 2007 transfer from Quincy University, he ranks first in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and fifth in NCAA Division III in tackles, averaging 13.0 stops per game. He has led the Quakers in tackles every 2009 game and has over 20 games of 10 or more tackles in his career. His career-high 18 tackles in Guilford's Oct. 24 loss to Washington and Lee University was the most by a Quakers' defender since 1999. As of Oct. 29, Paul has 256 career tackles, including 91 in the seven games played this season.
Paul's success extends beyond the field to the classroom. He is a two-time member of Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll as well as a 2008-2009 Academic All-ODAC team honoree. He also serves on Guilford's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Guilford is 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the ODAC with three games left to play in the regular season. The Quakers are ranked fourth in the ODAC in total defense and third in rushing defense. Paul contributed 13 tackles in the 48-6 lone win over Southern Virginia University Oct. 2. The Quakers' remaining games are against conference-foes Randolph-Macon College, Catholic University of America and Emory & Henry College.