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Date: November 26, 2002
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
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Senior Running Back Among 10 Considered For DIII Player of Year Award

Senior Running Back Chris Sullivan

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- The J-Club of Saint John's University announced its 10 finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy on Tuesday afternoon. Washington and Lee senior running back Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) is among the 10 selections.

The Gagliardi Trophy was established in 1993 to recognize the Division III Outstanding Football Player of the Year. The 2002 award will be presented on Thu., Dec. 19 at noon in conjunction with the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl activities in Salem, Va.

Sullivan was named First Team All-ODAC in 2002 after leading the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in rushing (1,123 yds.) and ranking 13th in Division III in all-purpose yards (1,753). A preseason First Team All-America selection by Lindy's College Football Preview, Sullivan earned First Team All-ODAC and Third Team AP Little All-America honors last season after leading Division III with 2,024 all-purpose yards.

For his career, Sullivan finished as the W&L record-holder in rushing yards (3,140) and all-purpose yards (5,931).
Sullivan is W&L's second finalist in the last seven years as defensive lineman Robert Hull was named a finalist in 1996.

2002 Gagliardi Trophy Finalists:
Jeremy Boyce, RB, Trinity University (Texas)
Ed Cracchiolo, RB, Farleigh-Dickinson (N.J.)
Blake Elliott, WR/PR, St. John's University (Minn.)
Andrew Hilliard, WR, St. Thomas University (Minn.)
Dan Pincelli, QB, Hartwick
Dan Pugh, RB, Mount Union
Jamie Spielman, LB, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Chris Sullivan, RB, Washington and Lee
Craig Swanson, QB, Hobart College
Steven Wilson, DE, King's College (Pa.)


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