LEXINGTON, Va. -- Nine members of the Washington and Lee football team were selected to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) College Division All-State Football team which was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Senior defensive lineman Liam Murray (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta), sophomore wide receiver Jack Martin (Princeton, N.J./Hun School), and freshman running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) were all named to the first team, while senior quarterback Greg Tweardy (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park), senior offensive line Trey Allen (Milltown, N.J./Franklin County), senior linebacker Brian Gallagher (Potomac, Md./Good Counsel), junior offensive lineman Hunter Whitfield (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Central), junior wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) and sophomore defensive back Mark Snoddy (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) were all named to the second team. Sitterson and Ward were both selected as return specialists.
Murray was named to the first team for the second straight season after garnering First Team All-ODAC and Virginia Division II-III Defensive Lineman of the Year honors this fall. A team captain, Murray finished in a tie for second on the team in tackles (55), despite missing the final two games of the season with a knee injury. He was also second on the team with 7.5 tackles for a loss and tied for second with 3.0 sacks.
Martin, who was the runner-up for the College Division Dudley Award which is presented to the Virginia Player of the Year, also garnered Second Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-South Region honors in 2005. He shredded the W&L record books by catching 70 passes for a school-record 1,353 yards and 15 touchdowns. His 135.3 receiving yards ranked third in Division III, while his 7.0 receptions per game ranked 18th. His 15 touchdowns marked the second-highest season total in school history, and his 90 points rank third all-time for a season at W&L.
Sitterson garnered first team honors as a return specialist after earning First Team All-South Region accolades for his return skills. He totaled 1,185 yards and nine total touchdowns as a running back and return specialist. Sitterson returned 12 kickoffs for 408 yards and two touchdowns, and also returned 31 punts for 383 yards and another score. He ranked No. 1 in Division III in kickoff return average (34.0 ypr.) and 27th in Division III in punt return average (12.4 ypr.).
Whitfield and Allen were named to the second team all-state squad after helping the W&L offense average 381.5 yards and 29.9 points per game during the 2005 campaign. As a group, the offensive line allowed an ODAC-low 10 sacks in a school-record 358 pass attempts. Both players earned All-ODAC honors, with Whitfield garnering first team honors and Allen claiming second team laurels.
Tweardy had a career year for the Generals, completing a school-record 65.6 percent of his passes for a school-record 2,570 yards and a school-record 22 touchdowns. He finishes his career as the W&L all-time leader in completions (502) and completion percentage (.605), and second all-time in yards (5,307) and touchdowns (41).
Gallagher, who was a First Team All-ODAC selection, totaled 47 tackles, one sack, one interception, forced two fumbles and recovered one fumble in garnering second team recognition. Also a First Team All-ODAC pick, Snoddy was named to the second team after leading the team with five interceptions and tying for the team lead with five pass breakups. He also totaled 31 tackles and was a major reason behind the W&L defense forcing a league-best 33 turnovers.
Ward was named as the second team return specialist after posting first team all-state honors a season ago. He notched 1,261 all-purpose yards and eight total touchdowns during the season as a wide receiver and return specialist. Ward returned 11 kickoffs for 400 yards and one touchdown during the season and was ranked No. 1 in Division III in kickoff return average entering the final week of the season. His three career kickoff return touchdowns are a school record.
Washington and Lee finished the 2005 season with a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Generals posted their highest win total in 20 years and tied for second in the ODAC standings.
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