LEXINGTON, Va. – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its 2013 Capital One Division III Academic All-District Football squad on Thursday afternoon and Washington and Lee had four players selected to the 25-member District 5 team.
Senior offensive lineman Connor Hollenbeck (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) was chosen for the second-straight year and was joined by three first-time selections, senior linebacker Peter Partee (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's), junior defensive back Brandon Taylor (Petersburg, Va./Dinwiddie) and sophomore defensive lineman Patrick Wright (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant). All four will now go on the national ballot where they can earn Academic All-America honors.
Hollenbeck is a computer science major and four-year starter on the Generals' offensive line. A three-time All-ODAC selection, including a first-teamer in 2012, Hollenbeck received Preseason All-America honors by D3Football.com and Lindy's College Football Preview. He currently helps pave the way for an offense that ranks second in Division III in rushing offense with an average of 363.7 yards per contest.
An economics major, Partee earned his first career postseason honor with his selection to the academic all-district squad. He has started all eight games at outside linebacker and ranks third on the team in tackles with 48 total stops. He also has two interceptions, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and a half sack.
Taylor received academic all-district honors for the first time as a computer science major. He has started all eight games at safety and is tied for fourth on the team with 43 total tackles. Taylor also claims two interceptions and one pass breakup.
Wright garnered academic all-district laurels as a undeclared major. The defensive end has started all eight games thus far and has tallied 21 tackles and two sacks.
The criteria for the Capital One 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 3.30 on a 4.0 scale. Washington and Lee is a member of District 5, which includes players from Division III schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Washington and Lee is 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the ODAC. The Generals return to action on Saturday when they travel to Hampden-Sydney for a 1:00 pm contest.