Guilford's Pawlowski Named ODAC Offensive Player of the Week

photo by Jim Schlosser
photo by Jim Schlosser

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College freshman Matt Pawlowski earned Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Offensive Football Player of the Week and Guilford College Student-Athlete of the Week after his performance against Averett University.

Pawlowski, the starting quarterback, led the Quakers to their first win of the 2012 season as he had a hand in four of Guilford's six touchdowns in the 45-35 victory. He was 18-of-28 passing for 239 yards and three touchdowns, and added a six-yard touchdown run to clinch the win. Pawlowski and junior receiver Nick Mearite had a strong connection as the pair hooked up for eight catches that covered 125 yards. The pair scored two first-half touchdowns, one coming on a fourth-and-goal play in the second quarter. Pawlowski's 64.3 completion percentage and three touchdown passes are season-highs for the freshman play-caller.

Through three games, Pawlowski is averaging 226 passing yards per game, which ranks third in the ODAC. He has completed 62 of 108 passes for 678 yards and six touchdowns, the league's second-best figure. Pawlowski has rushed 26 times for 40 yards and two touchdowns.

Second-year head coach Chris Rusiewicz's Quakers (1-2) play their next game Saturday (9/29) against ODAC rival Washington and Lee University at Armfield Athletic Center. The teams meet for the 26th season, with Washington and Lee leading the series, 14-11.

The Student-Athlete of the Week Award is presented by Guilford's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which is comprised of representatives from each of the school's 20 varsity teams. The group meets regularly to discuss the state of Guilford Athletics and seeks to build community among the school's student-athletes and non-student-athletes. Recent Guilford SAAC activities include a canned-food drive and the promotion of Champs Life Skills, which promotes intercollegiate athletics as a key part of the campus educational program and the student-athlete as an integral part of the student body. Its aim is to increase student-athletes' community involvement and to engage the greater Guilford community with the athletic department.