W&L's Kurkis Earns First Team Academic All-America Honors

W&L's Kurkis Earns First Team Academic All-America Honors

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee senior offensive lineman Greg Kurkis (Roswell, Ga./Westminster) has been named to the ESPN Academic All-America football team as selected and announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday.

Kurkis was tabbed to the 24-player first team for the college division after garnering second team laurels a season ago.  He is the first W&L football player to earn first team honors since former offensive lineman John Melillo '03 earned first team recognition in 2002.

A biochemistry major and team captain, Kurkis helped lead the Generals to an 8-3 overall record and a perfect 6-0 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  He helped guide W&L to the 2010 ODAC title and a berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Kurkis anchored an offensive line that helped pave the way for an average of 438.8 yards and 35.3 points per game during the 2010 season.  He also helped W&L set school and conference records for rushing yards in a season (3,955) in posting a school-record 388 points for the year.  He started every game of his career (40 gms) and earned Second Team All-ODAC honors in each of his first three seasons.  The 2007 ODAC Rookie of the Year, he was the 2009 ODAC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Kurkis' selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America squad brings W&L's all-time total to 53 student-athletes honored since 1975. He is just the ninth W&L student-athlete to receive Academic All-America honors multiple times during his career.

The CoSIDA College Division consists of student-athletes from all NCAA Division II, III and NAIA schools across the United States.

Complete College Division Academic All-America Team