MELILLO NAMED FIRST TEAM VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee senior offensive lineman John Melillo
(Forney, Texas/Belle Plaine (Kan.)) was named to the Verizon College Division
Football Academic All-America squad on Monday morning as voted on by members
of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Melillo was placed on the first team marking the second straight year
that W&L has placed an athlete on the first team. Senior tight end
Jay Thomas (Houston, Texas/Episcopal) was a first team selection last
An English major with a 4.025 grade-point average (GPA), Melillo was
a three-year starter on the Generals' offensive line. The last three seasons,
the 5-10, 215-pound Melillo helped pave the way for W&L running backs
to rush for 1,000+ yards every season. During the past two seasons, Melillo
has helped the offensive front allow just 12 sacks in 568 pass attempts.
A Verizon First Team Academic All-District selection each of the past
three seasons, Melillo is Washington and Lee's 31st GTE/Verizon Academic
All-America selection and the 10th W&L athlete to earn first team
honors since 1975.
The Verizon Academic All-America College Division comprises all NCAA-member
schools from Division II and Division III.
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Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450