December 15, 2006

EIGHT GENERALS NAMED TO ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Eight 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 Friday morning.

Senior offensive lineman Hunter Whitfield (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Central), senior wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day), junior linebacker/defensive end Bryant Fulk (Oceanside, Calif./St. Augustine), junior cornerback Mark Snoddy (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) and senior placekicker Ben Long (Frankford, W.Va./Hargrave Military) were all named to the 25-member first team. Sophomore defensive lineman Tommy Matteo (Worcester, Pa./Germantown Academy), junior linebacker Kyle Harvey (Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast) and junior cornerback Jimmy Gift (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) were all named to the second team, while Frank Miriello was named the VaSID Coach of the Year.

A two-time First Team All-ODAC choice and 2006 Second Team All-South Region selection, Whitfield captained the Generals' offensive line which helped pave the way for W&L's first ODAC Championship since the 1985 season.

Ward, a three-time All-ODAC honoree, was named to the all-state team for the second-straight season after leading the team in receiving with 47 catches for 444 yards and two touchdowns. He also finished second on the team in rushing with 64 carries for 241 yards and two more scores. Additionally, Ward tallied 316 yards on kickoff returns to finish with a team-best 1,001 all-purpose yards. He completed his career with a school-record 161 receptions for 1,494 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ranks second all-time at W&L in career kickoff return yards (1,586) and third in career all-purpose yards (3,740).

A First Team All-ODAC pick and the 2006 Richmond Touchdown Club Division II-III Defensive Lineman of the Year, Fulk finished second on the team with 72 tackles, including a team-best 14.5 tackles for a loss of 49 yards. He also led the team with 6.0 sacks for a loss of 37 yards.

A two-time First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-South Region honoree, and the runner-up for the Dudley Award for the Virginia College Division Player of the Year, Snoddy led the ODAC and ranked among the national leaders with nine interceptions and 20 passes defensed. He totaled 32 tackles this season and set a new record for career interceptions (17), breaking a record that had stood for 55 seasons.

Long garnered First Team All-ODAC honors in 2006 after nailing 8-of-13 field goal attempts and all 24 of his PAT attempts. He finished second on the team in scoring with 48 points and finished his career with a school-record 32 field goals in 55 attempts.

Matteo was a Second Team All-ODAC selection this fall after posting 54 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Harvey was also a Second Team All-ODAC honoree in 2006 after finishing third on the team in tackles (70) and adding one interception and one sack. Also a Second Team All-ODAC pick this season, Gift tallied 67 tackles, 3.5 sacks, eight pass breakups, three interceptions and recovered two fumbles for the year.

Miriello adds his Virginia Coach of the Year Award to a list that already includes ODAC Coach of the Year and AFCA Region III, Division III Coach of the Year laurels. He led the Generals to a 7-4 overall record, a 5-1 mark in conference play, the program's first ODAC title since the 1985 season and the first-ever NCAA Division III playoff berth. Miriello ranks second all-time at W&L with 61 career victories (61-58-1, .513).

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