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Date: December 21, 2006
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
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Snoddy named Defensive Player of the Year

Junior Mark Snoddy

ROANOKE, Va. -- Washington and Lee placed six players on the Roanoke Times Division II, III All-State Football team which was announced on Thursday morning.

Senior offensive lineman Hunter Whitfield (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Central) and senior placekicker Ben Long (Frankford, W.Va./Hargrave Military Academy) were both named to the offensive first team. Junior defensive back Mark Snoddy (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster), who was also named the Defensive Player of the Year, and junior defensive lineman Bryant Fulk (Oceanside, Calif./St. Augustine) both earned defensive first team honors. Sophomore defensive lineman Tommy Matteo (Worcester, Pa./Germantown Academy) and junior linebacker Kyle Harvey (Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast) both earned defensive second team honors.

Whitfield earned First Team All-ODAC laurels for the second-straight season and captained the Generals' offensive line which helped pave the way for W&L's first ODAC Championship since the 1985 season.

Long garnered First Team All-ODAC honors in 2006 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.

A two-time First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-South Region honoree, and the runner-up for the Dudley Award for the Virginia College Division Player of the Year, Snoddy led the ODAC and ranked 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 a record which stood for 55 seasons.

A First Team All-ODAC pick and the 2006 Richmond Touchdown Club Division II-III Defensive Lineman of the Year, Fulk finished second on the team with 72 tackles, including a team-best 14.5 tackles for a loss of 49 yards. He also led the team with 6.0 sacks for a loss of 37 yards.

Matteo was a Second Team All-ODAC selection this fall after posting 54 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Harvey was also a Second Team All-ODAC honoree in 2006 after finishing third on the team in tackles (70) and adding one interception and one sack.

Washington and Lee finished the 2006 season with a 7-4 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Generals advanced to the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in school history and played in their first postseason game since the 1951 Gator Bowl.



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