SALEM, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) announced its 2009 all-conference football teams on Tuesday afternoon and Washington and Lee had eight players honored on the first, second and honorable mention squads. Additionally, junior offensive lineman Greg Kurkis (Roswell, Ga./Westminster) was named the Co-ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year winner along with Hampden-Sydney senior linebacker Josh Miller.
Senior offensive lineman Charlie Craigle (Greenville, N.C./Rose), senior defensive lineman Matt Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spaulding) and senior defensive back Donavon Sawyer (Little Rock, Ark./Robinson) were all named to the first team for W&L.
Kurkis, sophomore running back Jonathan Clemo (Salem, Va./Salem) and sophomore linebacker Rob Look (Dallas, Texas/Hillcrest) were all selected to the second team, while senior tight end Daniel Kohl (Los Angeles, Calif./Chadwick) and senior defensive lineman Jeff Boateng (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) were tabbed to the honorable mention squad.
Craigle was named to the first team for the second-straight year. He started all 10 games at tackle for an offensive line that paved the way for a rushing attack that averaged 201.4 yards per game on the ground, good for 36th nationally. Overall, the Generals’ offense averaged 311.2 yards and 23.8 points per game.
Cassilly earned first team recognition for the first time in his career after garnering second team honors a season ago. He started all 10 games at defensive end and finished third on the team with 65 tackles. He also led the conference with 20.5 tackles for a loss (-103) and finished second in the ODAC with 10.0 sacks (-70). Additionally, he forced three fumbles, broke up three passes, recovered two fumbles and notched a pair of interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. For his career, Cassilly totaled 171 tackles and 15.0 sacks.
Sawyer earned his first career postseason honor after starting all 10 games at safety and leading the team and ranking sixth in the ODAC with 77 stops. He also ranked second in the conference with eight pass breakups and was third in the conference with five interceptions. Sawyer also added one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for the season. He ended his career with 152 tackles and seven interceptions.
Kurkis is the first General to receive the football scholar-athlete of the year award since Liam Murray in 2006. A biochemistry major, Kurkis also received second team honors for the third-straight season after starting all 10 games at guard this fall. The 2007 ODAC Rookie of the Year, he helped the Generals to the second-best rushing offense in the conference during the 2009 campaign.
Clemo was tabbed to the second team for his first career postseason honor. He started all 10 games at tailback and rushed 204 times for 923 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes for 69 yards. Clemo finished the season ranked third in the ODAC in both rushing (92.3 ypg) and scoring (6.6 ppg).
Look also received his first postseason recognition after starting all 10 games at linebacker. He finished second on the team in tackles with 72 stops, including 5.5 tackles for a loss (-21). He also posted 3.0 sacks (-16), four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.
Kohl started all 10 games at tight end and snared nine passes for 80 yards. He was also instrumental in the Generals’ offense averaging 201.4 yards per game on the ground. Kohl finishes his career with 15 catches for 112 yards and one touchdown.
Boateng started all 10 games at nose tackle and completed the season with 26 total tackles, including 4.5 tackles for a loss (-11). He played a large role in the W&L defense leading the ODAC in rushing defense (109.3 ypg) and ranking second in the conference in total defense (322.8 ypg). Boateng completed his career with 67 total tackles.
Emory & Henry junior running back Caleb Jennings and Hampden-Sydney senior defensive lineman Will Riggenbach were named the ODAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively. Hampden-Sydney's Marty Favret was named the top coach, while Guilford offensive lineman Daniel Biggerstaff was selected the rookie of the year.
Washington and Lee finished the 2009 season with a 4-6 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the ODAC. The Generals’ six losses were by a combined total of 29 points with eight points being the largest margin of defeat.
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