Guilford's Brunson Earns Academic Honor

GREENSBORO, N.C. (5/4/10) -- Guilford College senior Markas Brunson received honors from the National Football Foundation (NFF) Tuesday as a member of the Hampshire National Honor Society. Former high school and college teammate Danny Langston '09 earned the same honor in 2009.

The Hampshire National Honor Society is made up of college football students who succeed both in the classroom and on the playing field. In 2009, 620 students from 246 schools qualified for membership in the society's fourth year, an 80% increase from the inaugural class in 2007. The NFF recognizes scholar-athletes who play football at over 700 college and universities nationwide. Honorees held a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 throughout their academic career, have been a starter or an important substitute in their last year of eligibility, and meet all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

A 2009 First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selection, Brunson was Guilford's top tackler among the team's defensive linemen and shared the Quakers' lead in sacks. The 5-11, 240-pound defensive end ranked sixth on the team with 41 tackles (20 solo) and had four sacks and seven tackles for loss in nine games. His 0.44 sacks per game ranked sixth in the ODAC. The team captain made a season-high seven tackles in three different games, including the Sept. 12 contest at Methodist University where he also had two sacks.

A four-year starter and two-time All-ODAC pick, Brunson finished his career with 19 sacks for 142 yards, the second-highest total in school history. He recorded 193 tackles (107 solo) in 38 games and his 40 career tackles for loss stand second in school history. An Academic All-ODAC selection, Brunson is slated to earn his degree in psychology.

Coach Kevin Kiesel's club finished with a 4-6 overall record (2-4 ODAC). The Quakers lose five seniors from the 2009 team, including Brunson, but expect as many as 43 letter winners back for the 2010 campaign, including 15 starters.

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