Date: November 22, 2005
Contact: Chris Hodgson (540) 458-8674
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W&L PLACES 10 PLAYERS ON ALL-ODAC FOOTBALL TEAM
Whitfield, Gallagher, Murray, and Snoddy Named to First Team
Senior Liam Murray
SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) announced its all-conference football team on Tuesday and Washington and Lee had several players honored.
Senior linebacker Brian Gallagher (Potomac, Md./Good Counsel), senior defensive lineman Liam Murray (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta), junior offensive lineman Hunter Whitfield (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Central) and sophomore cornerback Mark Snoddy (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) were all named to the first team. Sophomore wide receiver Jack Martin (Princeton, N.J./Hun School), junior wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day), senior offensive lineman Trey Allen (Milltown, N.J./Franklin County), and senior defensive lineman Zach Wall (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) earned second team honors, while junior offensive lineman Chas Collins (Spotsylvania, Va./Woodberry Forest) and sophomore cornerback Kyle Luby (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) were tabbed to the honorable mention team.
Gallagher earned first team honors for his role in a W&L defense which forced an ODAC-best 33 turnovers. He totaled 47 tackles, one sack, one interception, forced two fumbles and recovered one fumble. Gallagher garnered Honorable Mention All-ODAC honors last season.
Murray earned first team accolades for the second time after garnering First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-State honors last season. He was part of a defense which led the league in total defense (334.7 ypg) and scoring defense (19.1 ppg). Murray missed the final two game of the season with a knee injury, but still recorded 55 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks. Murray was also named the ODAC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Snoddy garnered first team honors for the first time in his career. He was a key member of a Generals' defense that ranked first in the ODAC in pass efficiency defense (108.6), while leading the team with five interceptions and tying for the team lead with five pass breakups. Snoddy also totaled 31 tackles.
Whitfield, Allen, a Second Team All-ODAC selection last year, and Collins were part of an offensive line which allowed an ODAC-low 10 sacks in a school-record 358 pass attempts. W&L averaged 381.5 yards per game, the second-highest total in school history and scored 29.9 points per game, which was also the second-highest in school history.
Martin garnered second team accolades after a record-breaking season. He led W&L in receiving with 70 catches for a school-record 1,353 yards and a school-record 15 touchdown receptions. Martin also recorded four of W&L's top five all-time receiving yards performances this season, including catching 12 balls for a career-high 219 yards in a win over Hampden-Sydney. He scored at least one touchdown in eight of 10 games.
Ward was named to the second team after receiving First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-State honors as a sophomore. He totaled 1,261 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns. He was second on the team in receiving with 65 catches for 554 yards and six touchdowns, while rushing 68 times for 307 yards and a score. Ward also averaged 36.4 yards per return on 11 kickoffs with a touchdown. His three career kickoff returns for touchdowns are a W&L record.
Wall earned second team recognition for the first time in his career. He posted 55 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for a loss, three pass breakups and three sacks. Wall notched 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks in the season-ending victory over Case Western.
Luby garnered honorable mention accolades after being named Second Team All-ODAC last year. He was part of a defense that limited opposing quarterbacks to just a 51.9 percent completion percentage. Luby also totaled 47 tackles and tied for the team-lead with five pass breakups.
Washington and Lee finished the season with a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the ODAC. It was the Generals' first seven-win season since the 1985 campaign.