Five Generals Earn Academic All-District Laurels in Football

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Five members of the Washington and Lee football team have been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-District III squad, which was released on Thursday.

Seniors Billy Murray (Louisville, Ky./Trinity), Tommy Matteo (Worcester, Pa./Germantown Academy), Scott Russell (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham), junior Gus Cavanaugh (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) and sophomore Greg Kurkis (Roswell, Ga./Westminster) were all named to the 20-player first team and will go onto the national ballot where they will have a chance at earning Academic All-America honors.

Murray has started all nine games to date and is the team's leading receiver with 21 catches for 296 yards and two touchdowns. A business administration major, Murray has totaled 36 catches for 434 yards and three touchdowns.

Matteo is a business administration major and starter on the defensive line. A First Team All-ODAC selection last season, he has played in seven games this year and has totaled 29 tackles and 3.0 sacks. For his career, Matteo has notched 158 tackles and 16.5 sacks.

Also a business administration major, Russell was named to the Academic All-District team for the second time as a defensive lineman. A starter in all nine games this season, he is currently leading the team with 66 tackles and 2.5 sacks. For his career, Russell has notched 164 tackles and 8.5 sacks.

An English major, Cavanaugh has played in all nine games this season at linebacker and has totaled 30 tackles and 1.0 sack. An undeclared major, Kurkis has started all nine games on the offensive line this year after garnering Second Team All-ODAC and ODAC Rookie of the Year accolades last season.

The criteria for the CoSIDA Academic All-District program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve, and claim a GPA of at least a 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Washington and Lee is a member of District III, which includes players from small colleges in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.