SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its 2004 all-conference football team on Monday afternoon and Washington and Lee had nine players honored, along with Head Coach Frank Miriello who was named the Coach of the Year.
Sophomore wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day), senior offensive lineman David Startsman (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont), junior defensive lineman Liam Murray (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta), senior linebacker Lloyd Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) and junior safety Stuart Swann (Macon, Ga./Woodberry Forest) were all named to the first team all-conference squad. Junior offensive lineman Trey Allen (Milltown, N.J./Franklin County) and freshman cornerback Kyle Luby (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) were named to the second team, while senior wide receiver Taylor Callaham (Atlanta, Ga./McDonogh) and junior linebacker Brian Gallagher (Potomac, Md./Good Counsel) were tabbed to the honorable mention team.
Ward became the first W&L wide receiver to earn first team honors since William Propst '95 in 1994. Despite missing two games with an injury, Ward totaled 49 receptions for 496 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 37 times for 112 yards and three touchdowns, and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, tying the W&L record for season and career kickoff returns.
Startsman and Allen were the leaders of a W&L offensive line which allowed just 21 sacks in 368 pass attempts. After giving up seven sacks in the opener, the Generals allowed just 14 sacks in the final nine games.
Murray was named to the first team after finishing second on the team with 61 tackles. He also tallied 12 tackles for a loss and three sacks for a defense which finished the season ranked third in rushing defense (67.5 ypg), 23rd in total defense (263.6 ypg) and 27th in scoring defense (15.7 ppg). The Generals also set a school record with 43 sacks.
Wilson garnered first team recognition after earning honorable mention honors a year ago. He led the ODAC with 83 tackles and added eight tackles for a loss, four sacks, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
Swann was also named to the first team after totaling 43 tackles, two sacks, two blocked kicks, one interception and one fumble recovery. Luby, a second team selection, joined him in the defensive backfield and totaled 47 tackles, four sacks, one interception and a team-best five pass breakups.
Callaham was named to the honorable mention team for the second time in his career after finishing with 49 catches for a team-high 578 yards and two touchdowns. He completed his career ranked sixth all-time at W&L in receptions (122), receiving yards (1,531) and receiving touchdowns (10).
Gallagher also earned honorable mention accolades after notching 54 tackles, two sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Miriello's election as ODAC Coach of the Year was the third in his 10 seasons as head coach. He led the Generals to their first six-win (6-4) season since 1985 and the first winning season since 1995. W&L finished the ODAC slate with a 4-2 overall mark, its best conference record since 1985. Miriello also claimed the Coach of the Year award in 1996 and 2001.
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