RICHMOND, Va. -- Washington and Lee junior cornerback Mark Snoddy (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) has been named a finalist for the Dudley Award which is presented to the Virginia Player of the Year. Additionally, junior Bryant Fulk (Oceanside, Calif./St. Augustine) has been named the Virginia Division II-III Defensive Lineman of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Richmond.
Snoddy is one of two finalists for the small college version of the Dudley Award. The other finalist is Virginia-Wise junior running back Ra'Shad Morgan. Division I finalists include junior linebacker Vince Hall of Virginia Tech, junior defensive end Chris Long of Virginia and senior linebacker Akeem Jordan of James Madison.
The Dudley Award is sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and is named after former University of Virginia standout Bill Dudley. The award has been presented annually since 1990 to the player of the year at a state school.
Fulk will be W&L's second-straight recipient of the Virginia Division II-III Defensive Lineman of the Year joining Liam Murray '06, who received the award last season. The Dudley Award and the Touchdown Club Awards will be presented on Wed., Dec. 6 at a banquet held at the Sheraton Richmond West Hotel at 7:30 pm.
Snoddy is W&L's second finalist for the Dudley Award in the last two years. Junior wide receiver Jack Martin (Clayton, Mo./Hun School) finished as the runner-up to Hampden-Sydney quarterback J.D. Ricca last year.
A two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree, Snoddy led the ODAC and ranks 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.
Fulk was also a First Team All-ODAC pick for the 2006 season. He finished second on the team with 72 tackles, including a team-best 14.5 tackles for a loss of 49 yards. Fulk also led the team with 6.0 sacks for a loss of 37 yards.
The Dudley Award is selected by a vote from 15 selected sports writers and broadcasters from around the state.
Washington and Lee finished the 2006 campaign with a 7-4 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Generals won their first ODAC title since 1985 and advanced to the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in school history. The playoff appearance was also W&L's first postseason game since the 1951 Gator Bowl.
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