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Date: December 17, 2004
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
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All Five Earn First Team Accolades

Junior Liam Murray

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Virginia Sports Information Director's Association (VaSID) announced its College Division All-State Football team on Friday afternoon. Washington and Lee had five players honored and all were named to the first team.

Garnering First Team All-State honors were senior offensive lineman David Startsman (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont), junior defensive lineman Liam Murray (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta), senior linebacker Lloyd Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin), junior defensive back Stuart Swann (Macon, Ga./Woodberry Forest) and sophomore wide receiver/kick returner Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day).

In addition to earning first team laurels as a kick returner, Ward also posted honorable mention recognition as a wide receiver. He returned a school-record two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 28.0 yards per return. As a wide receiver, Ward tied for the team-lead in receptions (49), despite missing two games with an injury. He averaged 131.2 all-purpose yards per game and led the team with nine total touchdowns.

Startsman earned all-state honors after being named First Team All-ODAC this season. He paced a W&L offensive line which allowed just 21 sacks on the season, including just 14 in the final nine games.

Murray was also a First Team All-ODAC selection in 2004. He helped pace a Washington and Lee defense which finished the season ranked second in Division III in rushing defense and set a new school record with 43 sacks. Murray was second on the team with 61 tackles, 12 of which were for a loss. He also contributed three sacks and forced a fumble.

Wilson earned First Team All-ODAC honors this season after being named to the Honorable Mention All-ODAC team as a junior. He led the ODAC in tackles in 2004, totaling 83 stops, including eight for a loss. Wilson also notched four sacks and had three fumble recoveries.

Swann also posted First Team All-ODAC honors this fall after notching 43 tackles, four pass breakups, two sacks, two blocked punts and one interception.

Washington and Lee completed the 2004 season with a 6-4 overall record, 4-2 in the ODAC. The six wins were the Generals' most since the 1985 season.


Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-458-8676