The Sporting News 2011 College Football Preview issue has hit the newsstands and Washington and Lee is ranked in the publication's Preseason Division III Top 25 Poll. Additionally, junior defensive back Jake Pelton (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello) was cited as a member of the Preseason All-America team.
Defending National Champion Wisconsin-Whitewater tops the poll, while the Generals are ranked 19th following last season's ODAC Championship season.
W&L completed the 2010 campaign with an 8-3 overall record and a perfect 6-0 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Generals received the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, falling to Thomas More in the opening round, 42-14.
Washington and Lee returns nine starters on offense and nine more on defense for the 2011 season. The offense averaged 438.8 yards and 35.3 yards per game last year, while the defense forced 32 turnovers for an average of 2.9 turnovers per contest.
Pelton was named to the 26-player Preseason All-America team as a defensive back. Last season he was named First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-State and Second Team All-South Region after finishing second on the team in tackles (82) and leading the conference with six interceptions. A three-time ODAC Player of the Week honoree last year, Pelton also had five pass breakups, one fumble recovery and a half sack.
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SPORTING NEWS PRESEASON DIVISION III TOP 25
2. Mount Union
4. St. Thomas
5. Mary Hardin-Baylor
7. North Central
9. St. John's (Minn.)
10. Montclair State
11. Wheaton (Ill.)
14. Thomas More
16. Washington & Jefferson
17. Cal Lutheran
19. Washington and Lee
20. Johns Hopkins
22. The Redlands
25. Delaware Valley
SPORTING NEWS DIVISION III PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
|QB Neal Seaman, Mount Union||DL Mike Jaskowski, Delaware Valley|
|RB Levell Coppage, Wisconsin-Whitewater||DL Chris Mayes, Wesley|
|RB Justin Autera, Cortland||DL Tyler Hemry, Coe|
|OL Mitch Elliott, Bethel
||DL Dan Terhune, Wooster
|OL Koby Parker, Hardin-Simmons||LB Kyle McGivney, Luther|
|OL Brent McNeil, Cal Lutheran||LB C.J. Seitzinger, John Carroll|
|OL Logan Allemand, Wisconsin-Whitewater||LB Tate Moore-Jacobs, Wilkes|
|OL Nate Menkin, Mary Hardin-Baylor||LB Greg Arnold, Wisconsin-Whitewater|
|TE Kyle Fiedorowicz, North Central||DB Javicz Jones, Mary Hardin-Baylor|
|WR Josh McKee, Wittenberg||DB Zach Autenrieb, Thomas More|
|WR Fritz Waldvogel, St. Thomas||DB Ray Bierbach, Lycoming|
|WR Sam Wernick, Johns Hopkins||DB Jake Pelton, Washington and Lee|
|K Tyler Almeida, Mount Union||P Robby Salmon, Wartburg|