LEXINGTON, Va. – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its 2010 ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-District III squad on Thursday afternoon and Washington and Lee had five players selected to the 21-member team.
Seniors Greg Kurkis (Roswell, Ga./Westminster) and David Sternlicht (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin), juniors Harrison Hudson (Salem, Va./Salem) and Taylor Malone (Herndon, Va./Gonzaga) and sophomore Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor) were all tabbed to the academic all-district team and will go onto the national ballot where they will have a chance at earning Academic All-America honors.
Kurkis was named to the district team for the third time in his career and he was a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-America pick last year. The biochemistry major has started all eight games thus far and is the leader of an offensive line that has paved the way for 3,008 yards rushing this season, a new conference record. The Generals are fourth nationally in rushing yards per game (376.0) and are averaging a whopping 455.9 yards and 36.4 points per game overall.
An economics major, Sternlicht is also a repeat selection to the academic all-district team, having claimed honors last fall as well. He has started all eight games at cornerback this year, totaling 19 tackles, four pass breakups and one interception.
Hudson earned the award for the second-straight season as well. The business administration and computer science double-major has started all eight games at running back and is the team's leading receiver and second-leading rusher thus far. He has rushed 73 times for 648 yards and five touchdowns and has caught 12 passes for 222 yards and three more scores.
Malone has started all eight games at linebacker and is fifth on the team in tackles with 39 total stops. The business administration major also has one sack and is tied for the team lead with five pass breakups.
A running back and undeclared major, Murray is third on the team in rushing and second in receiving. He has carried 68 times for 538 yards and seven touchdowns and has caught 10 balls for 116 yards and three more touchdowns.
Washington and Lee (6-2, 5-0 ODAC) returns to the field on Saturday when it looks to claim the 2010 ODAC title against Hampden-Sydney. The game is slated to begin at 1:00 pm.
The criteria for the CoSIDA Academic All-District program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve and claim a GPA of at least a 3.30 on a 4.0 scale. Washington and Lee is a member of District III, which includes players from small colleges in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
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