W&L's Westfal Named a Finalist for the Lanier Award

RICHMOND, Va. – Washington and Lee senior quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) has been named a finalist for the Willie Lanier Award, which is sponsored by the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Richmond Touchdown Club.

The Lanier Award is presented to the Player of the Year across all the Division II, III and NAIA schools located within the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Westfal is joined as a finalist by Hampden-Sydney senior quarterback Travis Lane and Emory & Henry junior linebacker Devan Sproles.

Westfal was the trigger man 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.

The 2011 ODAC Offensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-ODAC selection, Westfal led the conference in passing efficiency (178.7 rating) and was sixth in rushing (73.8 ypg).  All told, 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 total in school history.

For his career, Westfal 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).

The winners of the Lanier Award and the Dudley Award for the Division I Player of the Year, will be announced at a banquet on Wednesday night at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa Short Pump.  The social hour begins at 6:30 pm with a dinner to follow at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $40 for the public.  For more information, contact Rudy Ward at 804-551-0980 or email tdclubofrichmond@verizon.net.

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