MAT RAPOZA NAMED TO D3FOOTBALL.COM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee senior offensive lineman Mat Rapoza
(Kill Devil Hills, N.C./Manteo) was selected to the D3Football.com Preseason
First Team All-America squad which was announced on Monday afternoon.
Rapoza earned First Team All-America honors from D3Football.com following
the 2001 season and was a second team selection by the website following
his sophomore season in 2000.
In addition to garnering All-America honors from D3Football.com in 2001,
Rapoza also received First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-State and Second
Team All-Region accolades. He was part of a W&L offensive line which
paved the way for 1,825 yards on the ground and surrendered just 10 sacks
in 276 passing situations.
Rapoza was also a Preseason Second Team All-America pick by Lindy's
College Football Preview Magazine earlier
Bridgewater offensive lineman Michael Day, Emory & Henry defensive
lineman Jelani Patterson, Guilford return man Chris McKinney and Hampden-Sydney
placekicker Doug Van Der Mallie were other ODAC players honored on the
D3Football.com Preseason All-America Team. Day and McKinney were first
team picks, while Patterson and Van Der Mallie were named to the second
Washington and Lee finished the 2001 season with a 5-5 overall record.
The Generals were 3-3 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, tying for
second place. W&L returns nine starters on offense and eight starters
on defense for the 2002 campaign.
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