LEXINGTON, Va. – The Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) announced its 2010 College Division All-State Football team on Friday morning and Washington and Lee had several honorees.
Head Coach Frank Miriello was selected as the Coach of the Year, while 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.
Miriello guided Washington and Lee to its best season in 39 years during the 2010 campaign. The Generals finished the season with an 8-3 overall record and won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference title with a perfect 6-0 record in conference play. W&L competed in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history and Miriello became the program's all-time wins leader during the season with his 77th career win. The 16-year mentor and five-time ODAC Coach of the Year honoree (including 2010) has an 82-77-1 overall record at W&L.
Heinsohn adds the honor to a resume that already includes First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-South Region laurels for 2010. He started all 11 games in the Generals' backfield, rushing for 1,321 yards and 13 touchdowns on 194 carries. Heinsohn 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. He averaged 6.8 yards per carry and in the Top 20 in Division III (18th) with an average of 120.1 yards per game.
Kurkis and Fitzgibbons were both selected to the first team after each received First Team All-ODAC honors in 2010. A Third Team All-South Region honoree, Kurkis also received First Team Academic All-America recognition and was named the ODAC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year this fall. A four-year starter on the offensive line, he helped pave the way for an average of 438.8 yards and 35.3 points per game.
Fitzgibbons is a three-year starter and he played a large role in the Generals rushing for an ODAC-record 3,955 yards in 2010. W&L currently ranks fifth in Division III with an average of 359.6 yards per game and the Generals set a school record with 388 points.
Pelton was also a First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-South Region 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 Player of the Year, while Christopher Newport first-year wide receiver Kentel Noel was selected as the Rookie of the Year.
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