LEXINGTON, Va. -- The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its 2012 Capital One College Division Academic All-District Football squad on Thursday afternoon and Washington and Lee had four players selected to the 25-member team.
Seniors Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor School), Sasha Vandalov (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and Greg Barton (New York, N.Y./Dalton School), along with junior offensive lineman Connor Hollenbeck (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) 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.
A business administration and environmental studies double-major, Murray received academic all-district honors for the third time in his career. A Capital One Second Team Academic All-America choice a year ago, he has started all nine games as a running back and is third on the team in rushing with 727 yards and eight touchdowns on 108 carries. Murray is also second in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in all-purpose yards, averaging 135.6 yards per game. His nine total touchdowns this season have moved him into fourth-place on the school's all-time scoring list with 210 career points. His 4,963 career all-purpose yards are fourth all-time, while his 2,535 career rushing yards rank fifth all-time at W&L.
Vandalov earned his first academic all-district citation as a mathematics major. He has played in eight games as a running back this season, rushing for 490 yards and six touchdowns on just 56 carries. For his career, Vandalov has totaled 930 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing.
Barton was named to the academic all-district team for the second-straight year as a defensive lineman. The studio art and art history double-major has played in all nine games and has recorded 20 tackles and two sacks for the season. For his career, Barton has notched 65 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions.
Hollenbeck earned his first career academic all-district award as a member of the Generals' offensive line. The computer science major has started all nine games at tackle and has helped pave the way for an offense that averages 461.4 yards and 36.2 points per game. W&L also leads all NCAA Divisions with an average of 397.6 rushing yards per game.
The criteria for the Capital One 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 V, which includes players from small colleges in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Washington and Lee is 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the ODAC. The Generals have already clinched the ODAC title and will complete the regular season on Saturday with a 1:00 pm contest against Shenandoah. W&L will find out who it plays in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday evening.