CHRIS SULLIVAN NAMED VaSID COLLEGE DIVISION FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Virginia Sports Information Director's Association (VaSID) announced its 2002 College Division All-State Football team on Wednesday afternoon.
Washington and Lee senior running back Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) was named the Player of the Year, while senior offensive lineman Mat Rapoza (Kill Devil Hills, N.C.) and junior linebacker Ben Krasnoff (Towson, Md./Towson) were named to the first team. Junior offensive lineman Scott Kucinski (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep) was named an honorable mention selection as was Sullivan at return specialist.
Sullivan was a repeat selection on the first team after leading the ODAC and ranking 34th nationally in rushing with 1,123 yards and 10 touchdowns on an ODAC-record 294 carries. He also caught 21 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns and totaled 407 return yards for 1,753 all-purpose yards (13th nationally). A finalist for the Gagliardi Award given to the Division III Player of the Year, Sullivan finished his career with school-record totals of 3,140 rushing yards and 5,931 all-purpose yards.
A preseason First Team All-American, Rapoza also earned first team honors for the second straight year after garnering First Team All-ODAC honors in 2002. Rapoza anchored an offensive line which allowed just 12 sacks in 292 pass attempts.
Krasnoff earned a first team selection after garnering First Team All-ODAC honors. He led the ODAC with 94 tackles and led the team with 16 tackles for a loss despite missing the season-opener with an injury. He also posted two sacks, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
Kucinski joined Rapoza on the offensive line, helping to block for Sullivan's 1000-yard rushing season. He and Rapoza have helped the line allow just 22 sacks the past two seasons. Kucinski earned Second Team All-ODAC honors this season.
Bridgewater head coach Mike Clark was named the VaSID Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to an 11-1 overall record and the ODAC Championship.
Washington and Lee finished the 2002 season with a 5-5 overall record, 3-3 in the ODAC. The Generals finished third in the conference behind second-ranked Bridgewater and Hampden-Sydney.
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