A Preview Of The 2006 Guilford College Quakers

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: July 11, 2006

NORTH CAROLINA — If Guilford’s three-headed trio can at least duplicate the offensive numbers they accumulated in 2005 this upcoming season, the offensive side of the ball is once again in good hands.

Quarterback Josh Vogelbach has the size, skill, ability and obvious talent to play at most Division I schools not to mention the schools he will face this season.

The scary part to remember is he is just entering his Sophomore year. 2005 stats: 475 att., 280 comp, 3549 passing yards, 37 TDs, 20 INT, 354.9 passing yards/game, 138.99 efficiency rating, 58.9 comp. pct., 3638 total offensive yards.

Vogelbach set NCAA Division III freshman records and school records for pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense. He also finished fourth in Division III in total offensive yards per game (363.8), the highest finish among non-senior quarterbacks.

The same could be said for the talented wide-out Chris Barnette, a Marvin Harrison type of receiver. He is not real tall, but he is fast, runs great routes and has great hands.

Barnette can get down field in a hurry and is always a deep threat to make a big play. 2005 Stats: 101 receptions, 1369 receiving yards, 15 TD – all school records. NCAA leader in receptions per game (10.1); ranked second in receiving yards per game (136.9).

Running back Micah Rushing missed a 1,000-yard sesaon by only 63 yards but is one of the most versatile players in the ODAC. The versatile Rushing was used as a running back, receiver and kickoff returns. 2005 Stats: 79 receptions, 937 yards, 10 TD (2 rushing, 8 receiving), 1487 all-purpose yards, 21x 496 kickoff return yards. He ranked 9th in receptions per game, 35th in receiving yards per game and 34th in all-purpose yards per game in NCAA Division III.


If the Quakers can get the “Big Three” to perform once again with the same exciting results as 2005, offensively this team will be as good and as efficient as any team in the ODAC.

The key is to continue the balance attack they possessed last year while the offensive line has to protect the golden arm of the East Carolina transfer phenom, Josh Vogelbach. It will be a challenge with the returning offensive lineman returning comprised of mostly sophomores.


The Quakers seem to lack 2 things on defense in 2005. Lack of experience and confidence. The defense can be successful if they can stop giving up so many points so early in games. They lost five of their first six games while allowing a whopping 220 points (including 62 against Bridgewater) in that span.

The Quakers improved over the final six games, allowing 137 points while going 5-1 in that span. It seems when the defense allows points early, they lose some confidence and get on their “proverbial” heels, but when they have a lead going into the second half or 4th quarter, they play with confidence and aggression.

They will need the experience defensive players to step-up, play hard and play discipline defense in order to have success this season because coach Kiesel and his staff do not want to get into more high scoring games this season.

Defensive players to watch include: Senior Mario Paylor, LB, team captain, Junior DB Bryan Cook, Junior S Taylor Baker, Eric Smallwood-LB, Brad Fortier-DL, Andrew Nida-DE.


The offense can once again establish their offensive attack with the repository they have on offense including the enterprising 3 talented players erstwhile mentioned. There is nothing like “on-the-job training” and the Quakers certainly got a taste of that especially their young players.

The defense can learn from the mistakes they made last year including missed assignments, missed tackles and other immeasurable fallacies and play hard as a team, they have a chance to be competitive and stay in games until that very talented offense takes over. The defense will also have to overcome the departure of All-ODAC players like Scottie Byrd and Devon White.


With talented starters and reserves returning for the upcoming season this year’s Quaker team should be an exciting one once again for coach Kiesel and his staff although they have very tough games on the road against ODAC rivals Hampden-Sydney, Washington & Lee, Randolph-Macon, and Emory & Henry. I look for the team to surprise and improve by one game this year at 6-4.


Head Coach: Kevin Kiesel (2nd year)

Coaching record at Guilford College: 5-5

Overall coaching record: 69-64-1 (13 years)

2005 Record: 5-5 overall, 5-5, 4-2 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (T 2nd of 6).

Number of returning starters: 8 (5 on offense and 3 on defense)

Number of departures: 16 (6 on offense, 8 on defense and 1 on special teams)

Key losses on offense: All-South center Ian Kirwan and three-year starting guard Corey Haase.

Key losses on defense: Scottie Byrd, defensive end, Devon White, cornerback.

Key losses on special teams: Charlie Stroup, linebacker/long snapper..

All-Star Candidates: Chris Barnette, Sr., 6-0, 175, WR – Second Team All-American (Football Gazette), First Team All-South (Football Gazette), Third Team All-South (D3football.com), First Team All-ODAC.

Micah Rushing, Sr., 5-10, 180, WR – Honorable mention All-South (Football Gazette), honorable mention All-ODAC. 2005 Stats: 79 receptions, 937 yards, 10 TD (2 rushing, 8 receiving), 1487 all-purpose yards, 21×496 kickoff return yards. He ranked 9th in receptions per game, 35th in receiving yards per game and 34th in all-purpose yards per game in NCAA Division III.

Josh Vogelbach, r-So., 6-2, 200, QB – ODAC Rookie of the Year. All-American candidates: Barnette, Rushing and Vogelbach.

Notes: Guilford had its best season since an 8-2 campaign in 1997 and matched the school record for ODAC wins in a season.

Players that are Hard to replace: Scottie Byrd, defensive end, Devon White, cornerback, Ian Kirwan, center, Corey Haase, offensive line, Jon Matthews, offensive line, Charlie Stroup, linebacker/long snapper.