GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College redshirt-junior receiver Ben King captured Third Team All-South Region football recognition according to a vote of the South Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff Monday. King also garnered First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) recognition this year.
King, a 5-10, 185-pound receiver, led Guilford with 71 catches for 1,020 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games. He had five games with 10 or more catches and surpassed 100 receiving yards five times. King ranks 23rd nationally and third in the ODAC with 7.1 receptions per game. His 102.0 receiving yards per game stood second in the league and is 24th in NCAA Division III. He ranked 10th in the ODAC in points per game (5.8). King's best outing was in Guilford's Nov. 5 win at Catholic University of America where he made 13 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown. The 200 receiving yards ranks fifth all-time at Guilford and the 13th catches stand 11th. King earned Guilford's game Most Valuable Player Award for his efforts in the Quakers' Soup Bowl win over Greensboro College when he made 10 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns. He caught three touchdowns (second in Guilford history) among his 10 receptions for 191 yards versus league-champion Hampden-Sydney College.
In just 20 career contests, King ranks eighth among Guilford's career receptions leaders (150) and ninth in career receiving yardage (2,076). His 18 receiving touchdowns stand seventh all-time at Guilford and his 10 games with at least 100 receiving yards are the Quakers' fourth-best total. The 2010 Second Team All-ODAC pick set the school standard with 251 receiving yards on 15 catches in a 2010 game with Bridgewater College. While he has a year of athletic eligibility remaining, King plans to graduate in May and then begin full-time service in the United States Army.
First-year head coach Chris Rusiewicz's Quakers posted a 2-8 overall record (1-5 ODAC), which marked a two-win improvement over the 2010 season. Guilford regularly started at least 20 students in their first or second college football season and expects as many as 51 letter winners back in 2012, including 19 starters.