January 10, 2012

Westfal Named VaSID Offensive Player of the Year

FERRUM, Va. – Washington and Lee senior quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) recently headlined the 2011 VaSID College Division All-State team as the Offensive Player of the Year.

Westfal, who was also a first team selection at quarterback, was joined as a major award winner by Averett defensive lineman Corey Scruggs, who was named the Defensive Player of the Year.  Randolph-Macon quarterback Zac Naccarato was tabbed the Rookie of the Year and Hampden-Sydney's Marty Favret was the Coach of the Year.

Westfal was joined on the first team all-state squad by senior offensive lineman John Fitzgibbons (Martinsville, Va./Martinsville), senior linebacker Rob Look (Dallas, Texas/Hillcrest), junior running back Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor), junior defensive back Jake Pelton (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello) and sophomore tight end Alex Evans (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run).

Westfal adds his honor to a list that includes ODAC Offensive Player of the Year and the Lanier Award as the State College Division Player of the Year. He completed 84-of-140 passes for 1,484 yards and 15 touchdowns with just four interceptions, and rushed 138 times for 738 yards and eight touchdowns.  He finished with 2,222 yards of total offense, the third-best single-season total in school history.

Westfal, who assumed the starting quarterback position in the second game of his rookie season, finished with a school-record 6,987 yards of total offense.  He also threw a record 45 career touchdown passes and finished fourth all-time in passing yards (4,710) and fifth all-time in rushing yards (2,264).

Fitzgibbons was earlier named First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-South and First Team All-America.  He started all 41 games of his Washington and Lee career, twice earning First Team All-ODAC honors.  He was the leader of an offensive line that paved the way for an offense that ranked third nationally in total offense (491.8 ypg), fourth in rushing offense (331.8 ypg), fifth in passing efficiency (171.7 rating) and 15th in scoring (38.9 ppg) during the 2011 campaign.

A two-time All-ODAC honoree, Look earned first team all-state laurels after completing his senior campaign tied for second in the conference with 95 total tackles.  A starter in all 10 games, Look added eight tackles for a loss (-27), 2.0 sacks (-15) and one interception.  He completed his career with 254 tackles, 5.0 sacks and two interceptions.

The 2011 ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a Capital One Second Team Academic All-America selection, Murray earned first team all-state honors after starting all 10 games at running back and totaling a conference-best 1,561 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns. A two-time All-ODAC honoree, he rushed 128 times for 867 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 25 passes for 378 yards and two more scores. He also returned 13 kickoffs for a 24.3-yard average and another touchdown.

A two-time First Team All-ODAC selection and 2011 Honorable Mention All-American, Pelton earned a first team nod after finishing second on the team and sixth in the ODAC in tackles with 76 stops.  He also had seven pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

Evans adds his first team all-state award to Second Team All-ODAC accolades from this fall.  He led the team in receiving with 25 catches for 470 yards and seven touchdowns, which is tied for the third-highest receiving touchdown total in school history.

Washington and Lee completed the 2011 season with an 8-2 overall record and a 5-1 mark in ODAC play.  It was the program's first back-to-back seasons with at least eight wins since three straight from 1960-62.

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