Date: December 15, 2000
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 463-8676
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Watson and Bahl Earn First Team Honors

ROANOKE, Va. -- Washington and Lee placed six players on the Roanoke Times College Division All-State football team that was announced on Friday.

Junior tailback Marc Watson (Marietta, Ga./Walton) and junior linebacker Jeff Bahl (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day) were first team selections, while senior offensive lineman Justin Holton (Pittsburg, Texas/Pittsburg), sophomore tight end Davis White (Birmingham, Ala./Episcopal), senior offensive lineman Colin Fitzgibbons (Dallas, Texas/Hillcrest) and senior defensive back Will Baker (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) were all named to the second team.

Watson, a First Team All-ODAC and VaSID All-State selection and the the ODAC Player of the Year, led the ODAC in all-purpose yards (199.7 ypg) and was second in rushing (132.5 ypg), kick returns (28.8 ypr) and scoring (8.6 ppg). He ran for a school-record 1,325 yards and 12 touchdowns on 220 carries and caught 26 passes for 205 yards and another score. He accounted for 1,997 all-purpose yards (school record) and just over 50 percent of W&L's offensive output. His 382 all-purpose yards against Hampden-Sydney is the best all-purpose performance in Division III this season. Watson will enter next season already owning the school all-purpose yards record (3,950) and he is second in career rushing yards (2,482) and touchdowns (25).

Bahl was named to the first team after leading the team and the ODAC in tackles with 108 stops, including 16 for a loss (-66 yds.). He also collected five sacks, one interception, three pass breakups and six fumble recoveries. He earned First Team All-ODAC and All-State honors by VaSID as well.

Holton earned his second team selection after garnering First Team All-ODAC and VaSID All-State honors. He helped lead the Generals to an average of 163.5 yards per game on the ground. Fitzgibbons was a Second Team All-ODAC and VaSID Honorable Mention All-State pick as well.

White earned second team honors after catching a team-high 32 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns. He was a VaSID Honorable Mention All-State selection.

Baker finished his career in fine fashion, recording 73 tackles, five interceptions, six pass breakups and one sack. He stands fourth all-time at W&L with 413 career tackles and tied for fifth all-time with 11 career interceptions. He was a Second Team All-ODAC and First Team VaSID All-State selection earlier this season.


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