Five Generals Selected to CoSIDA Academic All-District Football Squad

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Five members of the Washington and Lee football team have been named to the 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-District III squad, which was released on Thursday.

Seniors David Love (Marietta, Ga./Pope) and Gus Cavanaugh (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams), juniors Greg Kurkis (Roswell, Ga./Westminster) and David Sternlicht (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) and sophomore Harrison Hudson (Salem, Va./Salem) were all named to the 21-player first team and will go onto the national ballot where they will have a chance at earning Academic All-America honors.

A starter at outside linebacker and a biochemistry major, Love was named to the academic all-district squad for the first time in his career.  He has played in eight games this season and has totaled 14 tackles and one pass breakup.  For his career, Love has posted 45 tackles and two fumble recoveries.

Cavanaugh is a team captain, who has started all nine games at inside linebacker this fall.  Also a First Team Academic All-District choice in 2008, he ranks fourth on the team in tackles this season with 44 tackles and a shared sack.  An English and business administration double-major, Cavanaugh has notched 87 tackles and 1.5 sacks over his four seasons.

Kurkis is a biochemistry major and three-year starter on the Generals’ offensive line.  A two-time All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection and the 2007 ODAC Rookie of the Year, Kurkis has helped the Generals’ offense lead the ODAC in rushing offense this season with an average of 210.6 rushing yards per game.  He is also part of a line that has surrendered just eight sacks this season.  Kurkis was also a First Team Academic All-District selection last season.

An economics major, Sternlicht was named to the academic all-district team for the first time in his career after playing in all nine games this season and tallying 30 tackles and two interceptions.

Hudson was named to the team for the first time this season.  An undeclared major, he has started all nine games at running back this fall, tallying 329 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries.  He has also tied for the team lead in receptions with 19 catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns.

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 3.30 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.