LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior defensive backs Kyle Luby (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) and Mark Snoddy (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) and junior defensive linemen Scott Russell (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) and Andrew Sims (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Prep) were all selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-District III Football Team as first team selections.
All four players will now be placed on the national ballot, where they could earn Academic All-America honors.
Luby started all nine games for the Generals this season and led the defense with 84 tackles. An economics major, Luby also broke up six passes and had three tackles for a loss. He also earned Academic All-District honors a season ago and is two-time All-ODAC selection.
Snoddy also started all nine games as a member of the defensive unit and as the squad's placekicker. A two-time First Team All-ODAC selection, he owns a W&L-record 19 career interceptions, including two in 2007. Additionally, he made good on 13-of-14 PAT attempts and 4-of-5 on field goal attempts. Snoddy was a finalist for the 2006 Dudley Award that is presented to the Virginia Division II-III Player of the Year and was also selected the 2006 Roanoke Times Division II-III Defensive Player of the Year. He is a three-time First Team Academic All-District selection and a member of the National Football Foundation Honor Society.
Russell played in all nine contests for W&L and ranked fourth on the team with 66 tackles, including 6.5 for a loss and 4.5 sacks. A business adminstration major, he also forced one fumble and had one pass break-up.
Sims started seven contests in 2007, notching 21 tackles. A business administration major, Sims also had one tackle for a loss, a half sack and a forced fumble.
The criteria for the CoSIDA Academic All-District program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve, and claim a GPA of at least a 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Washington and Lee is a member of District III, which includes players from small colleges in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
The Generals completed the season with a 6-3 record, their fourth-straight winning season, something that had not occurred since W&L posted six-consecutive winning campaigns from 1980-85.
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