W&L FOOTBALL PLACES 10 PLAYERS ON ALL-ODAC TEAM
SALEM, Va. -- The Washington and Lee football team placed 10 players on the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference football team, including four first team members in voting conducted by the league's coaches.
Junior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County), sophmore running back Marc Watson (Marietta, Ga./Walton), senior offensive tackle Marc Granger (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill), and sophomore safety Will Baker (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) all earned first team honors for W&L, while senior tight end David Ritchey (McLean, Va./Langley), senior defensive tackle Ben Middendorf (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy), senior linebacker Brad Baker (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook), and sophomore offensive tackle Justin Holton (Pittsburg, Texas/Pittsburg) all earned second team honors. Junior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta (Washington, D.C./Landon) and sophomore cornerback Andy Robinson (Houston, Texas/Memorial) were both honorable mention selections.
Batcheller completed 167-of-280 attempts (59.6%) for 1,813 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. His 118.43 quarterback rating led the league.
Watson rushed for 823 yards and seven touchdowns on 156 carries. He also caught 25 passes for 138 yards and broke the W&L record for single-season all-purpose yards (1,500).
Granger earned his second straight first team recognition after leading a W&L offensive line that allowed just 19 sacks in 285 passing situations and helped the Generals average 317.0 yards of total offense per game, the highest total in over 30 years.
Will Baker led the Generals in tackles (84) and interceptions (4).
Ritchey, was named second team All-ODAC for the second straight year after catching 25 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns. He paced W&L with a 14.6 yards per catch average. Middendorf was fourth among all Generals in tackles with 62 total stops and led the team in sacks (2.5). Brad Baker was second on the team in tackles (76) even though he missed two games due to injury. He also totaled two interceptions and one sack on the season. Like Granger, Holton helped anchor a W&L offensive line that allowed just 19 sacks in 285 passing situations and helped the Generals average 317.0 yards of total offense per game, the highest total in over 30 years.
Malatesta led W&L in every receiving category, catching 42 passes for 494 yards and four touchdowns on the season, while Robinson was third on the team in tackles with 65 total stops and one interception.
Washington and Lee finished with a 4-6 overall record, 1-4 in the ODAC, but won three of its last four games.