January 4, 2006

SIX GENERALS NAMED TO ROANOKE TIMES ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM

ROANOKE, Va. -- Six members of the Washington and Lee football team were recently named to the Roanoke Times College Division All-State squad as chosen by writers from the newspaper.

Sophomore wide receiver Jack Martin (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) and freshman running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) were both named to the offensive first team, while senior defensive lineman Liam Murray (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta) was named to the defensive first team. Senior quarterback Greg Tweardy (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park), senior offensive lineman Trey Allen (Milltown, N.J./Franklin County) and junior offensive lineman Hunter Whitfield (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Central) were all named to the offensive second team.

Martin shattered the school's receiving records en route to posting VaSID First Team All-State, Second Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-South Region honors. He was also the runner-up for the Dudley Award which is presented to the Virginia College Division Player of the Year. Martin caught 70 passes for a school-record 1,353 yards and 15 touchdowns during the 2005 season. His 135.3 receiving yards ranked third in Division III, while his 7.0 receptions per game ranked 19th. His 15 touchdowns marked the second-highest season total in school history, and his 90 points rank third all-time for a season at W&L.

Sitterson garnered his first team selection as a return specialist. He also earned the return awards in being named First Team VaSID All-State, First Team All-South Region and First Team All-America. Sitterson played in all 10 games for the Generals, notching 1,185 yards and nine total touchdowns. He returned 12 kickoffs for 408 yards and two touchdowns, and also returned 31 punts for 383 yards and another score. Sitterson ranked No. 1 in Division III in kickoff return average (34.0 ypr.) and 29th in Division III in punt return average (12.4 ypr.). Additionally, his two kickoff returns for a touchdown and punt return for a touchdown both tied school records for a season. As a running back, Sitterson amassed 296 yards and six touchdowns on 73 carries. He also caught 15 passes for 98 yards.

Murray was also a First Team All-State pick by VaSID and a First Team All-ODAC selection. The 2005 Richmond Touchdown Club Defensive Lineman of the Year, Murray tied for second on the team with 55 tackles despite missing the final two games with a knee injury. He was also second on the team with 7.5 tackles for a loss and tied for second with 3.0 sacks.

Tweardy was also named Second Team All-State by VaSID after a record-breaking year which saw him complete a school-record 65.6 percent of his passes for a school-record 2,570 yards and a school-record 22 touchdowns. He finished his career as the W&L all-time leader in completions (502) and completion percentage (.605), and second all-time in yards (5,307) and touchdowns (41).

Whitfield and Allen both earned VaSID Second Team All-State honors earlier this year. The two powered a W&L offense which averaged 381.5 yards and 29.9 points per game during the 2005 campaign. As a group, the offensive line allowed an ODAC-low 10 sacks in a school-record 358 pass attempts. Both players earned All-ODAC honors, with Whitfield garnering first team honors and Allen claiming second team laurels.

Washington and Lee finished the 2005 season with a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Generals' seven wins were the most since the 1985 season.

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