Date: November 9, 2000
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 463-8676
Release: Upon Receipt

W&L leads all district schools in selections

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The College Division Verizon Academic All-District Football team was released on Thursday morning and Washington and Lee had five players honored.

Sophomore wide receiver Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights), sophomore offensive lineman John Melillo (Wichita, Kan./Belle Plaine), senior offensive lineman John Sensing (Hockessin, Del./Tutnall), junior linebacker Jeff Bahl (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day) and junior placekicker Brad Wiginton (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) all were placed on the 22-member team. Each will now be eligible for Verizon Academic All-America honors.

Sullivan, a computer science major with a 3.70 grade-point average, has rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown and caught 21 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns. He also claims a 13.3-yard average on punt returns and a 19.1-yard average on kick returns.

Melillo is a English and history major with a 3.97 GPA. He is part of an offensive line that has helped the Generals average 168.2 yards per game on the ground and 315.9 yards overall.

A history major with a 3.59 GPA in history, Sensing is a two-time member on the All-District team after making the squad during the 1997 season. He has also helped the Generals' offense average 168.2 yards per game on the ground and 315.9 yards overall.

Bahl is a repeat selection after being elected to the All-District squad last season. He is a business administration major who carries a 3.37 GPA overall. Bahl leads the team and the ODAC with 93 total tackles. He also claims four sacks, 15 tackles for loss, one interception and six fumble recoveries.

Wiginton is a repeat selection as well, having made the squad last season. He is a business administration major and claims a 3.61 GPA. Wiginton holds the W&L career record for made PAT attempts (72-76) and has made all 24 attempts this season. He is also 3-4 on field goals.

The Verizon Academic All-District team, formally known as the GTE Academic All-District team, includes players from small colleges in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Twelve of the 22 selections came from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference as Guilford College had three selections, while Emory & Henry College and Hampden-Sydney College had two each.


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