Hasa, any thoughts on how well Guilford can keep it going with Pawlowski's graduation? Some schools have built enough of a foundation that they keep rolling after a super QB (or super class) graduates (e.g., Franklin), but others sink right back to mediocrity (e.g., Trine and Monmouth). At least a little regression is probably inevitable, but how firm do you think the foundation at Guilford is?
Some other Guilford fans and I have had the same conversation ... with varying opinions. Obviously, a great QB is one of the key foundation blocks for a successful program and Guilford will lose Pawlowski (a rare 40 game starter)... and the #2 QB Ferrick, who are both seniors. The current #3 QB, Miles, is a sophomore and may have 30 snaps in a live game. It will be interesting to see who emerges next August.
Even with the loss of Smith and a few other WRs, I think the Receivers are in pretty good shape. Also look for Sophomore RB/KR De'Eric Bell to be an even bigger part of the offense in 2016/17.
At Kicker, we will lose Tyler Hunt, so I don't know what to expect. In addition to being steady on FGs and PATs, I think it's fair to say he helped win more than a few games with great booming punts that helped the Quakers win the field position battles. I personally witnessed 76- and 81-yarders that turned games in our favor.
Winning makes recruiting easier and I have to say Coach Rusiewicz and his staff seem to be a great recruiters and motivators. I expect there will be a high number of Juniors and Seniors on the field again next year and a steady stream of quality recruits.
Can Guilford repeat a 9-1 season? Probably not, but I anticipate a winning 2016 season ... I believe the foundation is that strong.