December 3, 2012

W&L's Murray Garners First Team Academic All-America Laurels

TOWSON, Md. – Washington and Lee senior running back Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor School) has been named to the Capital One Division III Academic All-America football squad as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Murray is among 24 players nationwide selected to the first team after claiming second team laurels a season ago.  This is the fourth-straight year that the Generals have been represented on either the first or second team as Murray and Greg Kurkis '11 were both two-time honorees.

An environmental studies and business administration double-major, Murray started all 11 games during the 2012 season, totaling 1,392 all-purpose yards and 10 total touchdowns.  He rushed 125 times for 775 yards and nine touchdowns, caught eight passes for 173 yards and one touchdown and recorded 444 total return yards.  For his efforts, Murray was honored as a First Team All-ODAC selection for the second-straight year after garnering second team honors as a sophomore.

Murray finished his W&L 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.

Washington and Lee completed its 2012 season with an 8-3 overall record and won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship with a 6-1 league record.  The Generals advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament, falling to Hobart in the first round, 38-20.

Murray's selection to the Capital One Academic All-America squad brings W&L's all-time total to 59 student-athletes honored since 1975.  The criteria for the Academic All-American 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 3.30 on a 4.0 scale.

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