December 30, 2002

W&L PLACES THREE ON ROANOKE TIMES ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Roanoke Times recently announced its Division II-III All-State Football team and Washington and Lee had three players honored.

Senior running back Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) and junior linebacker Ben Krasnoff (Towson, Md./Towson) both earned first team honors, while senior offensive lineman Mat Rapoza (Kill Devil Hills, N.C./Manteo) garnered second team recognition.

Sullivan was a repeat selection on the first team after leading the ODAC in rushing with 1,123 yards and 10 touchdowns on an ODAC-record 294 carries. He also caught 21 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns and totaled 407 return yards for 1,753 all-purpose yards. A First Team All-ODAC selection and a finalist for the Gagliardi Award given to the Division III Player of the Year, Sullivan finished his career with school-record totals of 3,140 rushing yards and 5,931 all-purpose yards.

Krasnoff earned a first team selection after garnering First Team All-ODAC honors. He led the ODAC with 94 tackles and led the team with 16 tackles for a loss despite missing the season-opener with an injury. He also posted two sacks, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

A preseason First Team All-American, Rapoza earned second team honors after posting First Team All-ODAC laurels. Rapoza anchored an offensive line which allowed just 12 sacks in 292 pass attempts.

Virginia State junior quarterback Kevin Jones was named the Roanoke Times Offensive Player of the Year, while Bridgewater junior linebacker Jermaine Taylor was named the Defensive Player of the Year.

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