W&L FOOTBALL PLACES FIVE ON VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Washington and Lee placed five players on the Verizon
College Division Academic All-District Team that was announced Thursday
Senior linebacker Andrew James (El Dorado, Ark./El Dorado), junior nose
tackle Jess Lipsey (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley), senior offensive lineman
John Melillo (Forney, Texas/Belle Plaine), senior running back Chris Sullivan
(San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) and senior tight end Jay Thomas (Houston,
Texas/Kincaid) were all placed on the 23-member team. Each will now be
eligible for Verizon Academic All-America honors.
James is a biology major with a 3.60 GPA. He has started all nine games
thus far, claiming 50 tackles, four sacks, one interception and one fumble
Lipsey earned his second-straight selection to the academic all-district
team. He carries a 3.57 GPA in business administration and accounting
and has tallied 47 tackles, including seven for a loss, and one sack.
Melillo earned his third-straight selection to the team and is an English
major with a 4.0 GPA. He is part of an offensive line that has helped
the Generals average 136.4 yards per game on the ground and has surrendered
just 11 sacks in 282 pass attempts.
Sullivan also earned his third-straight academic all-district award after
compiling 1,027 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in nine games thus far.
A computer science major with a 3.59 grade-point average, Sullivan currently
ranks 10th in Division III in all-purpose yards (183.8 ypg.) after leading
Division III last season (202.4 ypg.).
A business administration major with a 3.83 GPA, Thomas earned a second
straight selection to the all-district team. He caught 16 passes for 223
yards and three touchdowns before being lost for the season with an injury
against Sewanee. Thomas went on to earn First Team Verizon Academic All-America
honors last season.
The Verizon Academic All-District team includes players from small colleges
in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Nine
of the 23 selections came from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference as
Hampden-Sydney College had three selections and Bridgewater College had
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