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Date: November 29, 2005
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
Release: Upon Receipt

All Now Eligible for Academic All-America Honors

Junior Ryan Neff

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Five members of the Washington and Lee football team have been selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III team which was released recently.

Senior defensive lineman Liam Murray (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta), senior punter Donny Banks (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day), senior defensive back Stuart Swann (Macon, Ga./Woodberry Forest), junior tight end Ryan Neff (Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud) and sophomore defensive back Mark Snoddy (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) were all named to the 22-member first team. Each will now be eligible for Academic All-America honors.

Murray was named first team academic all-district for the third year in a row. A two-time First Team All-ODAC selection, he finished the season tied for second on the team with 55 total tackles despite missing the final two games of the season with a knee injury. Murray also totaled 7.5 tackles for a loss and 3.0 sacks. The 2005 ODAC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Murray is a history major.

A classics and economics major, Banks earned his first academic all-district honor after averaging 34.3 yards on 50 punts. An accurate punter, he dropped 19 punts inside the opponents' 20-yardline with just one touchback.

Swann garnered first team academic all-district honors for the second straight season. A history and economics major, he totaled 41 tackles and two interceptions during the 2005 season. Swann was a First Team All-ODAC selection following the 2004 season.

Neff also earned his first career postseason honor with the selection to the first team. A business administration major, he caught 28 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns during the 2005 campaign.

Snoddy posted first team academic all-district honors after being named First Team All-ODAC this fall. A chemistry major, he notched 31 tackles, a team-high five interceptions and a team-best five pass breakups.

The criteria for the CoSIDA Academic All-District program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve and claim a GPA of at least 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Washington and Lee is a member of District III, which includes players from small colleges in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.


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