Several Generals Earn All-ODAC Football Accolades
LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its 2008 all-conference football team on Tuesday afternoon and Washington and Lee had several players honored, including first-year quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan), who earned Rookie of the Year laurels.
The Generals claimed four selections to the 25-player first team, including senior running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster), who received the honor as an all-purpose player for the second-straight season. He was joined by senior defensive back Chris Prugar (Prospect, Ky./Kentucky Country Day), senior defensive lineman Scott Russell (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) and junior offensive lineman Charlie Craigle (Greenville, N.C./Rose).
Sophomore offensive lineman Greg Kurkis (Roswell, Ga./Westminster) and junior linebacker Matt Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spaulding) were selected to the second team, while senior defensive lineman Tommy Matteo (Worcester, Pa./Germantown Academy) and senior wide receiver Billy Murray (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) were tabbed to the honorable mention team.
Westfal's selection as the Rookie of the Year give W&L the last three in a row, joining R.J. Varner (2006) and Kurkis (2007). He played in all 10 games and completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 1,310 yards and 10 touchdowns with eight interceptions. Westfal also rushed 142 times for 511 yards and three more scores.
Sitterson played in all 10 games and finished the season with a school-record 2,096 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns (second all-time). He rushed for 960 yards and 14 touchdowns, caught 19 passes for 237 yards, returned 12 punts for 107 yards and had 22 kickoff returns for 792 yards and one touchdown. He finished the season ranked second in kickoff return average (36.0), fourth in all-purpose yards per game (209.6), 33rd in points per game (9.2) and 54th in rushing yards per game (96.0). Sitterson completed his career tops all-time at W&L in career all-purpose yards (5,981) and kickoff return yards (1,981), second in scoring (212), tied for second in touchdowns (34) and fifth in rushing yards (2,243).
Prugar earned all-conference honors for the first time in his career after starting all 10 games and finishing with 47 tackles, seven interceptions, five pass breakups, four blocked punts and one fumble recovery. His seven interceptions led the ODAC, while his average of 0.7 interceptions per game is tied for seventh in Division III. He completed his career with 105 tackles and 10 interceptions.
Russell also received his first all-conference honor after starting all 10 contests and leading the team with 75 tackles. He also tallied 7.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, three pass breakups and forced a pair of fumbles. He finished his career with 173 tackles, 20.5 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks.
Craigle was another first time selection to the all-conference team. He started all 10 games at left guard and helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way for an average of 162.7 yards per game on the ground and allowed just 12 sacks.
Kurkis earned Second Team All-ODAC honors for the second-straight season after starting all 10 games at right guard. He also helped anchor the offensive line that helped the Generals average 302.8 yards and 23.6 yards per game.
Cassilly received his first all-conference citation after starting all 10 games at linebacker and finishing third on the team in tackles with 62 total stops. He also had 6.0 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions.
Matteo was tabbed to the honorable mention team after garnering first team honors a season ago. He battled through a mid-season ankle injury that forced him to miss two games, but still led the team with 5.0 sacks. He finished with 39 tackles, including 7.5 stops for a loss. He finished his career with 168 tackles and 29.0 tackles for a loss. He also ranks fourth all-time with 18.5 career sacks.
Murray garnered all-conference honors for the first time in his career. He started all 10 games at wide receiver and led the team with 23 catches for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Murray finished his career with 38 receptions for 448 yards and three scores.
In other major awards, Randolph-Macon's Pedro Arruza was named the Coach of the Year, while Catholic senior quarterback Keith Ricca and CUA senior defensive back Nick Olivero were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively. Olivero was also tabbed the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Washington and Lee finished the 2008 season with a 4-6 overall record and a 1-5 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.