November 11, 1999

W&L PLACES FOUR ON THE GTE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT SQUAD

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The College Division GTE Academic All-District Football team was released on Thursday evening and Washington and Lee had four players honored.

Senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta (Washington, D.C./Landon), senior offensive linemen Warren Hedges (Knoxville, Md./St. James), sophomore linebacker Jeff Bahl (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day), and sophomore placekicker Brad Wiginton (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) all were placed on the 22-member team. Each will now be eligable for GTE Academic All-America honors.

Malatesta, a business administration and accounting major with a 3.40 grade-point average (GPA), claims 53 receptions for 804 yards and five touchdowns on the season. He is W&L's all-time leader in career receiving yards (2,165) and is tied for the top spot in career touchdown receptions (16).

Hedges is a European History and Russian studies major and carries a 3.674 GPA. He is part of an offensive line which has allowed just 12 sacks in 288 passing situations. The Generals are averaging 364.4 yards per game, almost 23 yards per game more than the school record.

A business administration major, Bahl claims a 3.31 GPA. He is third on the team in tackles (69) and is tied for second on the team in sacks (3.5). Bahl also claims six tackles for loss, four pass breakups, five fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble. In a 31-28 win over Sewanee, Bahl posted 15 tackles, one sack, one pass breakup, and four fumble recoveries.

Wiginton is a business major who carries a 3.37 GPA. He is tied for the team lead in scoring with 36 points. He has made 4-of-7 field goal attempts and 24-of-25 extra point attempts. In a 44-38 double-overtime win over Bridgewater, Wiginton tied the school record with three field goals attempted and made.

The GTE Academic All-District team includes players from small colleges in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Eight of the 22 selections came from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference as Guilford College had two selections, while Emory & Henry College and Bridgewater College had one each.

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