W&L Has Five Players Named to Roanoke Times All-State Team

W&L Has Five Players Named to Roanoke Times All-State Team

ROANOKE, Va. – The Roanoke Times released its all-state football teams recently and Washington and Lee had several players named to the Division II/III/NAIA teams.

Senior offensive lineman Greg Kurkis (Roswell, Ga./Westminster), junior offensive lineman John Fitzgibbons (Martinsville, Va./Martinsville), sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant) and sophomore defensive back Jake Pelton (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello) were all tabbed to the first team.  Junior running back Harrison Hudson (Salem, Va./Salem) was a second team honoree.  The awards all mirrored that of the all-state team that was selected by the Virginia Sports Information Directors as well.

Heinsohn started all 11 games in the Generals' backfield, rushing for 1,321 yards and 13 touchdowns on 194 carries.  He finished the season just four yards shy of tying the school record for season rushing yards and his 13 touchdowns were tied for best on the team.  Heinsohn averaged 6.8 yards per carry and finished the season ranked 17th in Division III with an average of 120.1 yards per game.

Kurkis received first team honors after helping the offense average 438.8 yards (26th nationally) and 35.3 points per game (32nd nationally).  An ESPN First Team Academic All-American, he started every game of his four-year career.

Fitzgibbons also received first team recognition as a member of an offensive line that helped W&L rank fifth in Division III with an average of 359.6 rushing yards per game.  He has started all 31 games through his first three seasons.

Pelton was also a first team selection after finishing second on the team in tackles with 82 total stops.  He also led the ODAC with six interceptions and posted five pass breakups, 0.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.

Hudson posted second team honors after notching First Team All-ODAC recognition earlier this fall.  He finished the season with 1,153 total yards and 13 touchdowns and was the team's leading receiver and second-leading rusher.  He rushed for 792 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 18 passes for 361 yards and five more scores.  Hudson set a new school record for season rushing yards per carry (7.8) and he averaged almost 9.7 yards every time he touched the ball this season.

Bridgewater senior wide receiver Tyler Beiler was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while Hampden-Sydney senior linebacker Trevor Ikwild was named the Defensive Player of the Year.