W&L Football Claims Major VaSID Awards
FERRUM, Va. – The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its 2012 college division all-state football team on Tuesday and Washington and Lee claimed two of the top awards.
Senior running back/placekicker Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant) was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while Head Coach Scott Abell was selected as the Coach of the Year. Heinsohn was also a first team all-state selection and was joined on the first team by junior offensive linemen Connor Hollenbeck (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) and Bobby Jones (Lynchburg, Va./Heritage), and senior safety Jake Pelton (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello). Senior running back Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor) was a second team honoree.
A First Team All-ODAC and Fourth Team All-America selection, Heinsohn led all NCAA Divisions with an ODAC-record 188 total points during the 2012 season. He rushed 183 times for 1,253 yards and a school-record 22 touchdowns, hit 48-of-52 PAT attempts and went 2-for-2 on field goal attempts. A First Team All-ODAC honoree as a sophomore and second team pick as a junior, Heinsohn finished his career as the Generals' all-time leading rusher (3,517) and scorer (344).
Hollenbeck and Jones were part of an offensive line that cleared the way for two 1,000-yard backs as the Generals led Division III with an average of 363.7 rushing yards per game. W&L averaged 431.3 total yards and 35.3 points per game, while ranking fourth in Division III in third down conversion percentage (52.8%). Hollenbeck and Jones were both First Team All-ODAC selections.
Murray was a second team all-state pick after receiving First Team All-ODAC honors for the second straight year. He accumulated 1,392 all-purpose yards this fall, rushing 125 times for 775 yards and nine touchdowns, catching eight passes for 173 yards and one touchdown and recording 444 total return yards. He finished his career ranked fourth all-time at W&L with 5,135 all-purpose yards. His 212 career points are third all-time, while his 2,583 career rushing yards rank fifth in school history.
Abell guided the Generals to an 8-3 overall record and a 6-1 mark in conference play. W&L claimed its second ODAC title in three years and received the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs, falling to seventh-ranked Hobart in the opening round, 38-20. He was also named ODAC Coach of the Year and received the Willard Bailey Award as the top NCAA Division II/III Coach in Virginia.
Christopher Newport claimed the two other top VaSID awards as linebacker Evan Moog was named the Defensive Player of the Year and running back Paul Dukes was named the Rookie of the Year.