December 10, 2001

JAY THOMAS NAMED FIRST TEAM VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee junior tight end Jay Thomas (Houston, Texas/Kincaid) was named to the Verizon College Division Football Academic All-America squad on Monday morning as voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Thomas was placed on the first team, the first athlete from W&L to do so since swimmer Nathan Hottle during the 1996-97 season. He is also the first football player named to the first team since Evans Edwards during the 1992 season.

A business administration major with a 3.77 grade-point average (GPA), Thomas had his best season in a W&L uniform during the 2001 season. He played in all 10 games, tallying team-highs in receptions (38), receiving yards (575) and touchdowns (6). Following the season, Thomas was named Honorable Mention All-ODAC and Second Team All-South Region.

Thomas is Washington and Lee's 30th Academic All-America selection and the ninth W&L athlete to earn first team honors since 1975.

The Verizon Academic All-America College Division comprises all NCAA-member schools from Division II and Division III.

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