FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its all-conference football team on Tuesday and Washington and Lee claimed 11 selections, along with the league's Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
Senior running back Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant) was the second straight player from W&L to earn the J. Stokeley Fulton Offensive Player of the Year Award, joining Charlie Westfal '12 who claimed the award in 2011. Additionally, Scott Abell was awarded the ODAC Coach of the Year Award after guiding the Generals to an 8-3 overall record and the ODAC Championship in his first season at the helm.
Heinsohn was joined on the all-conference first team by senior running back Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor School), junior offensive linemen Connor Hollenbeck (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) and Bobby Jones (Lynchburg, Va./Heritage), and senior safety Jake Pelton (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello).
Senior linebacker Jesse Jenkins (Roanoke, Va./William Fleming), junior quarterback Nick Lombardo (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) and junior defensive lineman Michael Unholz (Glen Allen, Va./Douglas Freeman) were all named to the second team, while junior tight end Alex Evans (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run), junior cornerback Mitchell Thompson (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) and sophomore offensive lineman Micah Fleet (Cordova, Tenn./Christian Brothers) were all selected to the third team.
Heinsohn garnered the player of the year award after having the finest offensive season in school history. He rushed 183 times for 1,253 yards and a school-record 22 touchdowns, hit 48-of-52 PAT attempts and went 2-for-2 on field goal attempts in scoring a conference-record 188 points, the 10th-highest season total in Division III history. A First Team All-ODAC honoree as a sophomore and second team pick as a junior, Heinsohn finished his career as the Generals' all-time leading rusher (3,517) and scorer (344).
Murray received first team honors as an all-purpose back for the second straight season after being named to the second team as a running back in 2010. He accumulated 1,392 all-purpose yards this fall, rushing 125 times for 775 yards and nine touchdowns, catching eight passes for 173 yards and one touchdown and recording 444 total return yards. He finished his career ranked fourth all-time at W&L with 5,135 all-purpose yards. His 212 career points are third all-time, while his 2,583 career rushing yards rank fifth in school history.
Hollenbeck earned his first selection to the first team after earning second team laurels each of his first two seasons. Jones was a third team selection a year ago as well. Both started all 11 games in 2012 and helped pave the way for the top rushing offense in Division III with an average of 363.7 yards per game. The Generals also averaged 431.3 yards and 35.3 points per game while ranking fifth in Division III in third down conversion percentage (52.8%).
Pelton was honored on the first team for the third time in his career, the first General to make that claim since Mark Snoddy '08 was a first team pick from 2005-07. Pelton led the Generals with a career-best 102 tackles, four interceptions and one forced fumble. He completed his career with 282 tackles and 12 interceptions, which are tied for the fifth-best total in school history.
Jenkins was named to the second team for the second time, also garnering the honor in 2010. He finished the season ranked second on the team with 65 tackles, including a team-best 9.0 tackles for a loss. He also had 2.0 sacks, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. He completed his career with 207 tackles, 3.0 sacks and one interception.
Lombardo earned his first career postseason honor after having the finest running season-ever by a W&L quarterback. He rushed for 100+ yards four times and finished with 1,010 yards and five touchdowns on 196 carries. He also completed 39-of-87 (.448) passes for 704 yards and seven touchdowns with six interceptions.
Unholz anchored the defensive line and finished the season with 36 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for a loss. He also forced one fumble and recorded one pass breakup.
Evans was named to the third team after recording second team honors in 2011. He led the team in receiving with 17 catches for 280 yards and four touchdowns and will enter his senior season tied for fourth all-time at W&L with 12 career touchdown receptions.
Thompson moved to cornerback after starting all 10 games at safety in 2011. He finished fourth on the team in tackling with 58 stops, including 47 solo tackles and 3.0 tackles for a loss. He also notched four pass breakups.
Fleet earned his first career postseason honor after starting all 11 games on the offensive line. The line helped W&L average 6.0 yards per carry and allowed just four sacks in 99 pass attempts.
Bridgewater senior defensive lineman Joel Francis was named the Lou Wacker Defensive Player of the Year and Guilford first-year quarterback Matt Pawlowski was selected the Rookie of the Year. Emory & Henry junior quarterback Kyle Boden was chosen to receive the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Abell guided the Generals to their third straight eight-win season and second trip to the NCAA Tournament in three years. W&L finished with a 6-1 conference record, outscoring conference opponents by an average of 15.0 points per game.