FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its 2016 all-conference football team on Tuesday and Washington and Lee had 11 players honored, while junior linebacker Max Garrett (Fairfield, Conn. / Choate Rosemary Hall) was also honored as the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The Generals claimed four first-team all-conference selections, including Garrett, senior offensive linemen Michael LaSala (Wilton, Conn. / Wilton) and junior offensive lineman Chris Osier (Lebanon, Tenn. / Lebanon), all of whom garnered first team laurels for the second straight year. Senior cornerback Will Dyson (Indian Springs, Ala. / Briarwood Christian) was also named to the first team, collecting the first all-conference honor of his career.
Senior quarterback Charlie Nelson (Redding, Conn. / St. Luke's), senior placekicker Matt Underhill (Bethesda, Md. / Landon) and senior defensive lineman Rhett Delk (Johns Creek, Ga. / Wesleyan School) were all named to the second team, while senior running backs Evan Hinkle (Glen Allen, Va. / Deep Run) and Marshall Hollerith (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's), junior running back Walker Brand (Roanoke, Va. / Hidden Valley) and senior offensive lineman Sam Wilson (Seattle, Wash. / Charlotte Latin) were all tabbed to the Third Team.
LaSala and Osier helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 469.3 yards and 33.9 points per game this season. The Generals also currently lead Division III in rushing offense for the second year in a row, having averaged 390.3 yards per game this season. Osier was selected despite missing the first five games of the season due to injury.
An accounting & business administration major, Garrett led the conference with 109 total tackles and he is tied for 28th in Division III with 10.9 tackles per game. He also added three tackles for a loss (-6), three pass breakups and one interception. Through three seasons, Garrett has already racked up 267 career tackles.
Dyson led the ODAC with six interceptions and was second in the league with 10 pass breakups. He is tied for 12th in Division III in both interceptions per game (0.6) and pass defensed per game (1.6). Dyson also totaled 35 tackles on the season and he finished his career with 159 tackles, 32 pass breakups and nine interceptions.
Nelson earned Second Team All-ODAC honors after garnering third team recognition a season ago. He recorded his best season for the Blue & White this year, completing 55.7 percent (44-79) of his passes for 749 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed for 745 yards and six touchdowns on 123 carries. Nelson completed his career with 4,294 yards of total offense, sixth all-time at W&L. He also rushed for 2,280 yards and 18 touchdowns, the eighth-best rushing total in school history and the most-ever by a W&L quarterback.
Underhill was named to the second team for the second year in a row. He led the team in scoring with 57 points after making 6-of-9 field goals and 39-of-41 extra points. For his career, he went 19-for-30 on field goals and 128-of-132 on PATs. His 128 PAT makes are a W&L career record, while his 185 career points rank eighth all-time at the school.
Delk received his first all-conference recognition after leading the team with 12 tackles for a loss (-48), including a team-best 5.5 sacks (-33). He also totaled 37 tackles with one pass breakup and one fumble recovery.
Hinkle was named to the third team, picking up his first career postseason honor. He was third on the team in rushing with 617 yards and a team-best eight touchdowns on 104 carries. He finished his career with 1,340 yards and 19 touchdowns on 229 carries.
Hollerith earned his fourth All-ODAC citation, twice being named to the third team and twice earning second team laurels. He was also the 2013 ODAC Rookie of the Year. He led the team in rushing in 2016 with 816 yards and seven touchdowns on 148 carries. Hollerith completed his career second all-time at W&L in rushing yards (3,450), touchdowns (42) and points scored (252).
Brand earned his first career All-ODAC honor as an all-purpose back. He was fifth on the team in rushing with 362 yards and four touchdowns on 67 carries. He also caught six passes for 107 yards. Brand will enter his senior season with 1,408 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing. He also has 15 catches for 246 yards.
Wilson was also a first-timer on the All-ODAC team for W&L. He started all 10 games at center and helped W&L amass four of the Top 10 single-game rushing performances in conference history during the 2016 campaign.
Randolph-Macon swept the ODAC Player of the Year Awards. Sophomore running back Tre Frederick was named the J. Stokely Fulton Offensive Player of the Year and senior defensive lineman Cole Burdette was selected the Lou Wacker Defensive Player of the Year. Randolph-Macon Head Coach Pedro Arruza was tabbed the Coach of the Year, while Guilford first-year wide receiver Tyriek Russell was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year.
Washington and Lee completed the 2016 season with a 6-4 overall record and finished second in the ODAC with a 5-2 conference mark.