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Date: November 21, 2006
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
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Miriello Named Coach of the Year, Varner Tabbed Rookie of the Year

Freshman R.J. Varner

SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its all-conference football team on Tuesday afternoon and Washington and Lee had 12 players honored. Additionally, Head Coach Frank Miriello was named the ODAC Coach of the Year, while freshman quarterback R.J. Varner (Birmingham, Ala./Spain Park) was tabbed the ODAC Rookie of the Year.

Senior wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day), senior offensive lineman Hunter Whitfield (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Central), junior linebacker/defensive end Bryant Fulk (Oceanside, Calif./St. Augustine), junior cornerback Mark Snoddy (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) and senior placekicker Ben Long (Frankford, W.Va./Hargrave Military) were all named to the first team. Senior offensive lineman Chas Collins (Spotsylvania, Va./Woodberry Forest), junior offensive lineman Bobby Hetherington (Rockville, Md./Georgetown Prep), sophomore defensive lineman Tommy Matteo (Worcester, Pa./Germantown Academy), junior linebacker Kyle Harvey (Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast), junior defensive back Jimmy Gift (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) and junior defensive back Kyle Luby (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) all earned second team laurels, while senior tight end Ryan Neff (Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud) and senior defensive lineman Walker Williams (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) garnered honorable mention recognition.

Varner was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year after playing in the final eight games of the season. He completed 61.0 percent of his passes for 1,101 yards and eight touchdowns with eight interceptions.

Miriello received the ODAC Coach of the Year award for the fourth time in his 12 seasons after leading the Generals to a 7-4 overall record, a 5-1 mark in conference play, the program's first ODAC title since the 1985 season and the first-ever NCAA Division III playoff berth. Miriello ranks second all-time at W&L with 61 career victories (61-58-1, .513).

Ward was named to the first team as a sophomore and was a second team selection a season ago. He led the team in receiving with 47 catches for 444 yards and two touchdowns and finished second on the team in rushing with 64 carries for 241 yards and two more scores. He also tallied 316 yards on kickoff returns to finish with a team-best 1,001 all-purpose yards. Ward completed his career with a school-record 161 receptions for 1,494 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ranks second all-time at W&L in career kickoff return yards (1,586) and third in career all-purpose yards (3,740).

Whitfield was named to the first team for the second-straight season after serving as the leader of the W&L offense that averaged 19.6 points per game.

Fulk and Snoddy were among the leaders on the ODAC's top defensive unit. Fulk led the team with 6.0 sacks and was second on the team with 72 total tackles. Snoddy, a two-time First Team All-ODAC selection, led the ODAC and ranks among the national leaders with nine interceptions and 20 passes defensed. He totaled 32 tackles this season and set a new record for career interceptions (17), breaking the record that had stood for 55 seasons.

Long garnered first team accolades for the first time in his career after nailing 8-of-13 field goal attempts and all 24 of his PAT attempts. He finished second on the team in scoring with 48 points and finished his career with a school-record 32 field goals in 55 attempts.

Collins was named to the second team after posting honorable mention honors last season. Hetherington joined Whitfield and Collins as part of the line that paved the way for an ODAC title.

Matteo was second on the team with 5.5 sacks and notched 54 total tackles, while Harvey was third on the team with 70 tackles. Harvey also picked off one pass and recorded one sack. Gift tallied 67 tackles, 3.5 sacks, eight pass breakups, three interceptions and recovered two fumbles en route to earning second team laurels. Luby led the team with 73 tackles and had a pair of interceptions.

Neff and Williams were both received the first ODAC accolades of their careers in being named to the honorable mention squad. Neff snared 11 passes for 101 yards and Williams tallied 60 tackles (8 for a loss), two sacks and one interception.


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