W&L's Kurkis Garners Academic All-America Laurels

TOWSON, Md. – Washington and Lee junior offensive lineman Greg Kurkis (Roswell, Ga./Westminster) was named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America Football Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday.

Kurkis was tabbed to the College Division Second Team and is the first W&L football player to be so honored since Jon Melillo ’03 earned first team recognition in 2002.  He was joined on the 2009 second team by Hampden-Sydney senior linebacker Josh Miller.

A biochemistry major and the 2009 Co-ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Kurkis started all 10 games this fall and helped pave 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 en route to posting a 4-6 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the ODAC.  The Generals dropped their six contests by a combined total of 29 points.

A three-year starter on the offensive line, Kurkis is a three-time Second Team All-ODAC selection and he was tabbed the 2007 ODAC Rookie of the Year.

Kurkis’ selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America squad brings W&L's all-time total to 52 student-athletes honored since 1975. The CoSIDA College Division consists of student-athletes from all NCAA Division II, III and NAIA schools across the United States.

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