RICHMOND, Va. – Washington and Lee senior defensive end Matt Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spaulding) has been named a finalist for the 2009 Dudley Award, which is presented to the top collegiate football players in Virginia for the University and College Divisions.
The awards will be presented Tuesday evening at the annual awards banquet held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center at 7:00 pm.
Cassilly is one of three finalists for the college division award, which is presented to a student-athlete from the Commonwealth’s Division II, Division III and NAIA schools. He will be joined at the banquet by Hampden-Sydney defensive lineman William Riggenbach and Emory & Henry running back Caleb Jennings. The University Division (FBS & FCS schools) finalists are Virginia Tech linebacker Cody Grimm, James Madison defensive end Arthur Moats and University of Richmond quarterback Eric Ward.
A 2009 First Team All-ODAC selection, Cassilly started all 10 games this fall 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.
The Dudley Award, voted on by a panel of journalists, is named for former University of Virginia star and NFL Hall of Famer Bill Dudley, the No. 1 pick in the 1942 NFL Draft. It is sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Touchdown Club of Richmond.