LEXINGTON, Va. -- Coming off its first Old Dominion Athletic Conference title in 21 seasons, the Washington and Lee football team has been receiving plenty of attention in the preseason publications.
The Generals are picked 25th in the Street & Smith College Football Preview Division III poll and received votes for the D3football.com Preseason Division III poll. Additionally, senior wide receiver Jack Martin (Clayton, Mo./Hun School) was selected to the D3football.com Preseason Second Team All-America squad.
W&L returns 15 starters from last season's team that went 7-4 overall, finished 5-1 in the ODAC and played in its first-ever NCAA Tournament game. The Generals return nine starters from a defensive unit that led the ODAC in total defense and ranked ninth nationally in pass efficiency defense (86.3 rating) and 15th in turnovers forced (31).
Martin, one of six offensive returnees, completed the 2006 season with 32 catches for 583 yards and nine touchdowns. He was a finalist for the 2005 Dudley Award, presented to the Virginia Division II-III Player of the Year. Martin tallied 70 passes for a school-record 1,353 yards and a school-record 15 receiving touchdowns as a sophomore when he finished second in Division III in receiving yards per game. He enters his senior campaign with 111 catches for 2,060 yards and 25 touchdowns. He needs 51 catches and 253 yards to become W&L's all-time leader for catches and yards. He has an 18.6 career yard per catch average, also among the best all-time.
Washington and Lee kicks off the 2007 season by hosting Franklin & Marshall on Sept. 8 at 1:00 pm.
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