GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College seniors Mitch Ferrick, Zack Parris, Matt Pawlowski, Hayden Read and Adam Smith were recently named members of the National Football Foundation's (NFF) 2016 Hampshire Honor Society. With their induction, the Quakers have had 10 players so honored by the foundation, which started the award in 2007.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football students who succeed both in the classroom and on the playing field. In 2016, a record 868 students from 275 schools qualified for membership in the society's seventh year. The NFF recognizes scholar-athletes who play football at over 700 college and universities nationwide. Honorees held a minimum 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 met all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.
Ferrick, a 6-2, 195-pound quarterback, played in five games for the Quakers last fall, starting one. He contributed to an offense that set school records for passing touchdowns (43), total offensive yards (5,231) and points (452). The Quakers led the ODAC and ranked among Division III's best through games in passing offense (4th, 363.2 ypg.), total offense (5th, 523.1), passing efficiency (5th, 175.12) and scoring offense (10th, 45.2). Ferrick completed 23 of-39 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns last season. In his four years with the program, he appeared in 39 games and threw for 439 yards and five scores. A seven-time member of the Guilford Student-Athlete Honor Roll, Ferrick holds a 3.33 grade point average as a history major with a double minor in education and business. He has twice been named Academic All-ODAC and is a dean's list student.
Parris, a 5-11, 180-pound defensive back, made 10 appearances on special teams and as a reserve safety last fall. He made 10 tackles for the year, including a season-high four stops with two pass breakups in a 55-7 victory over Methodist University. He also tallied two tackles against league-rival Randolph-Macon College. In 22 career games, Parris recorded 12 solo stops and assisted on nine more. He is a five-time member of Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll, a two-time Academic All-ODAC selection, and a dean's list student. Parris maintains a 3.32 GPA as a double major in exercise and sport sciences and health sciences.
Pawlowski finished his fourth and final football season at Guilford by leading the Quakers to a historic 9-1 season. The senior quarterback threw a school-record 39 touchdown passes this year, which ranked third in NCAA Division III. A Third Team All-American according to D3football.com, he completed nearly 64 percent of his passes with just two interceptions. Pawlowski set the school record for pass completion percentage (63.7) and ranked 10th in Division III history in career passing yardage (11,625). The four-year starter stood fifth among national per-game leaders in passing yards (333.3) and sixth in total offense (344.1). He shattered school and league records with a 611-yard, seven-touchdown performance at Catholic University of America last fall. A two-year captain, Pawlowski was a three-time ODAC Offensive Player of the Week in 2015 and one of three finalists for the prestigious Gagliardi Trophy, which honors Division III's most outstanding football player. Pawlowski was an Academic All-ODAC selection and received Best Male Athlete May 1. He maintains a 3.26 GPA as a sport management major and will graduate later this month.
Read, a 6-0, 180-pound wide receiver, made 10 appearances for the Quakers last fall. He recorded five receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown. He reeled in a 78-yard touchdown catch to seal a win over Hampden-Sydney College November 7, the Quakers' first victory over the Tigers since 1999. In four seasons with the program, Read tallied 42 catches for 680 yards and eight scores. He was named MVP of the 2013 Soup Bowl and helped Guilford to a 31-28 victory over cross-town rival Greensboro College. He had three grabs for 86 yards and two touchdowns, including two catches on the Quakers' final drive for 80 yards and the game-winning score. A mainstay on the Student-Athlete Honor Roll, he is a dean's list student, a two-time Academic All-ODAC selection and has a 3.94 GPA. He graduated in December with a degree in sport management.
Adam Smith completed a historic career for the Quakers' football program by collecting his third straight First Team All-ODAC award. He joined just four other Quakers so honored in school history. The senior receiver set a number of league and school standards in the finest of his four seasons, which ended with Third Team All-America recognition from D3football.com. He ranked second in the league with 89 catches for 1,262 yards and 18 touchdowns, both conference highs. His 18 touchdown receptions set a Guilford record and rank second in ODAC history. Smith posted the second-highest season receiving yards total in Guilford history with a figure that stood eighth nationally. He ranked sixth in Division III in receiving yards (126.2) and receptions (8.9) per game. Smith will leave with Guilford's career standards for receiving yards (3,988) and touchdowns (46), overall touchdowns (46), games with at least 100 receiving yards (19) and scoring (280). He ranks 14th among NCAA Division III's career leaders in touchdowns and 22nd in receiving yards. Smith is a two-time Academic All-ODAC selection, a dean's list student, and a seven-time member of the Student-Athlete Honor Roll. He was named to CoSIDA's 2015 NCAA Division III Academic All-District V Team and plans to graduate this spring with a degree in sport management. He was awarded the athletic department's top honor, the Nereus C. English '26 Athletic Leadership Award at the annual awards program May 1. He was also the recipient of the Jack Jensen Ideal Student-Athlete Award.
Guilford expects 17 starters among 79 returning letterwinners from the 2015 team that went 9-1, the best football season in school history. The Quakers open the 2016 campaign September 3 against visiting Greensboro College in the 20th annual Gate City Soup Bowl.