Guilford's Ben King Earns All-ODAC Honor

GREENSBORO, N.C. (11/23/10) -- Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football coaches honored three Guilford College students on the 2010 All-ODAC Football Team, league officials announced Tuesday. Wide receiver Ben King received second-team honors. Senior Brice Carlson and junior Chris Jessup were named honorable mention.

King, a redshirt sophomore, joined Guilford this fall after transferring from Appalachian State University. In 10 games with the Quakers, he racked up 1,055 receiving yards on 79 catches with nine touchdowns, all team highs. He averaged 105.5 receiving yards per game, which ranks 20th in NCAA Division III through games of Nov. 20 and fourth in the ODAC. King's 7.9 receptions per game stands 11th nationally and second in the ODAC. He reached paydirt 10 times this season, the 10th-best mark in the ODAC. King had four games with 10 or more catches and recorded five contests with at least 100 receiving yards. His best effort this season was an historic one in the Oct. 16 matchup against Bridgewater College when he caught 15 passes for a school-record 251 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned punts and ended the season with 1,156 all-purpose yards, the eighth-best mark in the conference.

Carlson, a senior offensive lineman, started all 10 games for the Quakers this season and split time between the right tackle and center positions. He contributed to Guilford's 242.4 passing yards per game, the ODAC's second-best mark. Carlson, a three-year starter, appeared in 33 career games on the offensive line and on special teams. He plans to graduate in May with a degree in sport management.

Jessup, a junior linebacker, recorded a career and team-high 83 tackles this season, which ranked third in the ODAC. He also had the league's sixth-best marks in sacks (4) and tackles for loss (10). Jessup led Guilford's tacklers five times and had two games with 10 or more stops. One of his best performances was in Guilford's Oct. 2 matchup against league-champion Washington and Lee University where he racked up a career-high 14 tackles (9 solo) and one sack. He had eight tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage, versus Hampden-Sydney College Oct. 30.

The Quakers finished the year with an 0-10 record (0-6 ODAC), Guilford's first winless season since 1972. King and Jessup are among some 45 letter winners slated to return in 2011.