Date: December 18, 2001
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 463-8676
Release: Upon Receipt
W&L PLACES SEVEN ON VASID ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee placed seven football players on
the College Division All-State Football Team in voting conducted by the
Virginia Sports Information Director's Association (VaSID).
Junior running back Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights),
junior tight end Jay Thomas (Houston, Texas/Kincaid), junior offensive
lineman Mat Rapoza (Kill Devil Hills, N.C./Manteo), sophomore offensive
lineman Scott Kucinski (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep), senior linebacker Jeff
Bahl (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day) and senior placekicker
Brad Wiginton (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) were all first team selections.
Sophomore defensive lineman Brian Becker (Vienna, Va./Gonzaga) was named
to the honorable mention team.
Sullivan earned a first team nod at running back and return specialist.
He had a career season, leading Division III with 2,024 all-purpose yards
(202.4 ypg). Sullivan rushed for 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns on a
school-record 253 carries, caught 27 passes for 268 yards and another
touchdown, returned 19 punts for 204 yards and returned 13 kicks for 347
yards and one touchdown. He had already been named First Team All-ODAC
and First Team All-State by the Roanoke Times, and was a Third Team All-Region
Thomas also had a career-year, leading the team in receptions (38), receiving
yards (575) and receiving touchdowns (6). He was named Honorable Mention
All-ODAC, Second Team All-Region and First Team Academic All-American.
Rapoza and Kucinski helped the Generals amass 331.0 yards per game, including
182.5 yards per game on the ground. The Generals' offensive line surrendered
just 10 sacks in 276 passing situations. Both Rapoza and Kucinski were
First Team All-ODAC selections this season. Rapoza was recently named
First Team All-American by D3Football.com.
Bahl's selection to the first team was his second straight. Bahl was
a First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference and All-State (Roanoke
Times) selection earlier this season after tying for second in the conference
with 93 total tackles. He also posted six sacks, four fumble recoveries,
two forced fumbles and blocked two kicks.
Wiginton, a First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-State (Roanoke Times)
and Third Team Hewlett-Packard All-America honoree, had a career-best
season for the Generals in 2001. He booted a school-record 12 field goals
in 18 attempts and hit 26-of-26 PAT attempts.
Becker was named to the honorable mention all-state team after posting
32 tackles and two sacks on the season. He was a Second Team All-ODAC
pick this season.
Washington and Lee finished the 2001 season with a 5-5 overall record, 3-3 in the ODAC. The Generals finished in a four-way tie for second place in the ODAC.
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