RICHMOND, Va. -- Washington and Lee sophomore wide receiver Jack Martin (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) has been named a finalist for the Dudley Award which is presented to the Virginia Player of the Year. Martin is one of two finalists for the Division II-III Award.
The Dudley Award is sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and is named after former University of Virginia standout Bill Dudley. The award has been presented annually since 1990 to the player of the year at a state school. Last year, a separate award was created for players at Division II and Division III schools. The 2005 Dudley Award will be presented on Thu., Dec. 8 at a banquet held at the Sheraton Richmond West Hotel at 7:30 pm.
Finalists for the Division I Award are University of Richmond quarterback Stacey Tutt, University of Virginia offensive lineman D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Virginia Tech defensive end Darryl Tapp. Hampden-Sydney quarterback J.D. Ricca and Martin are the finalists for the Division II-III award.
Martin, a Second Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection, helped lead the Generals to a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the ODAC during the 2005 season. The seven wins were the most by a W&L team since the 1985 season.
Martin shredded the W&L record books by catching 70 passes for a school-record 1,353 yards and 15 touchdowns. His 135.3 receiving yards ranked third in Division III, while his 7.0 receptions per game ranked 18th. 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.
Additionally, Martin posted four of W&L's top five single-game receiving yards performances with efforts of 219 yards (Hampden-Sydney), 217 yards (Catholic), 206 yards (Centre) and 203 yards (Emory & Henry). His three touchdown catches in a season-opening win over Alfred also tied a school record.
After just two seasons of play, Martin has already tied the W&L record for career receiving touchdowns (16) and he ranks seventh in career receiving yards (1,477).
The Dudley Award is selected by a vote from 15 selected sports writers and broadcasters from around the state. Last season's award winners were former Virginia Tech quarterback Bryan Randall and former Hampden-Sydney running back C.W. Clemmons.
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