LEXINGTON, Va. – Four members of the Washington and Lee football team have been named to the D3Football.com All-South Region team, which was announced by the website on Monday afternoon.
Senior offensive lineman John Fitzgibbons (Martinsville, Va./Martinsville), junior safety Jake Pelton (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello) and junior running back Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor) were all named to the first team, while sophomore tight end Alex Evans (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) was selected to the second team.
A preseason First Team All-America choice by D3Football.com, Fitzgibbons 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), sixth in passing efficiency (171.7 rating) and 17th in scoring (38.9 ppg) during the 2011 campaign.
Pelton earned First Team All-South laurels after garnering second team recognition a season ago. A two-time First Team All-ODAC pick, and preseason All-America choice by the Sporting News, he finished 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.
Murray was named to the first team as a special-teamer. A First Team All-ODAC pick as an all-purpose back, he led the ODAC and ranked 21st nationally with an average of 156.1 all-purpose yards per game. The 2011 ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Murray rushed 128 times for 867 yards and nine touchdowns. He also caught 25 passes for 378 yards and two more scores, and returned 13 kickoffs for a 24.3 average with another touchdown.
Evans was selected to the second team after garnering Second Team All-ODAC honors earlier this year. 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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