Seven Generals Earn Academic All-District Football Honors

Seven Generals Earn Academic All-District Football Honors

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its 2016 Division III Academic All-District Football squad on Thursday afternoon and Washington and Lee had seven players selected to the 25-member District 5 team.

Senior running back Marshall Hollerith (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) was tabbed to the team for a third time, while junior linebacker Max Garrett (Fairfield, Conn. / Choate Rosemary Hall) and junior defensive back David Hogan (Matthews, N.C. / Charlotte Christian) were named to the team for a second straight year.  Joining them on the 2016 academic all-district team were senior running back Evan Hinkle (Glen Allen, Va. / Deep Run), senior offensive lineman Michael LaSala (Wilton, Conn. / Wilton), senior placekicker Matt Underhill (Bethesda, Md. / Landon) and junior defensive back Grey Reames (Nashville, Tenn. / Montgomery Bell).

A business administration and English double-major, Hollerith currently leads the team in rushing with 630 yards and five touchdowns on 119 carries.  He has three 100-yard games this season and is tied for second all-time at W&L with 16 career 100-yard rushing efforts.   Across his four seasons, Hollerith has 3,264 rushing yards and 40 touchdowns on 670 carries (4.9 avg.), and he can overtake Luke Heinsohn '13 for first-place on the W&L career rushing list with 254 more yards.

Garrett is an accounting and business administration major, who has started all eight games this season at inside linebacker.  He has registered 10 or more tackles in six games this season and he currently leads the ODAC with 83 tackles, to go along with three pass breakups and one interception.  Garrett already claims 241 career tackles in just 29 games played.

Hogan has seen action in all eight games this season and ranks third on the team with 53 total tackles.  He also has two pass breakups, one interception and one sack.  An accounting and business administration major, Hogan has played in 25 career contests and claims 91 tackles.

Hinkle has played in seven games this fall and is the team's third-leading rusher with 451 yards and five touchdowns on 72 carries.  The accounting and business administration major rushed for a career-high 119 yards and two touchdowns against Hampden-Sydney on October 22, helping lead W&L to a 52-7 win.  He has amassed 1,174 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns across his four seasons.

LaSala has started all eight games at tackle and has helped pave the way for the top rushing offense in all of college football.  The Generals average 400.5 yards per game on the ground and are averaging 32.5 points per game.  A 2015 All-American and 2016 Preseason First Team All-America selection, LaSala is also an accounting and business administration major.

Underhill is a business administration and politics double-major.  He currently leads the team in scoring with 38 points while hitting 3-of-4 field goal attempts and 29-of-31 PAT attempts.  Underhill has made good on 16-of-25 field goal attempts in his career and he holds the school record for career PATs made, hitting 118-of-122 attempts.  He also booted a school-record 51-yard field goal during the 2015 season.

Reames has started all eight games at cornerback this season and he is tied for the ODAC lead in pass breakups (10), to go along with 36 tackles and a pair of interceptions.  The business administration and computer science double-major returned one of those interceptions 86 yards for a touchdown in a 49-23 victory over Emory & Henry on September 30.  He has played in 29 career games and has 89 tackles and five interceptions across his three seasons.

The criteria for the CoSIDA 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 3.30 on a 4.0 scale. Washington and Lee is a member of District 5, which includes players from small colleges in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. 

All seven players will now move on to the national ballot where they could be voted to earn Academic All-America laurels.

Washington and Lee is 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference this season.  The Generals travel to Bridgewater on Saturday for a 1:00 pm contest.

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