Six Generals Earn All-State Football Honors

Six Generals Earn All-State Football Honors

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its 2009 College Division All-State Football team on Thursday as voted on by the membership. Washington and Lee had six players honored on the first or second teams.

Senior offensive lineman Charlie Craigle (Greenville, N.C./Rose), senior defensive end Matt Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spaulding) and senior defensive back Donavon Sawyer (Little Rock, Ark./Robinson) were all named to the 25-player first team.  Junior offensive lineman Greg Kurkis (Roswell, Ga./Westminster), sophomore running back Jonathan Clemo (Salem, Va./Salem) and sophomore kick returner John Kavanagh (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) were all named to the second team.

Craigle earned First Team All-State laurels for the second-straight year adds the honor to a list that already includes First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-South Region honors for this year. He started all 10 games at tackle on an offensive line that paved the way for a rushing attack that averaged 201.4 yards per game on the ground, good for 36th nationally.  Overall, the Generals’ offense averaged 311.2 yards and 23.8 points per game.

Cassilly was named to the first team after notching First Team All-ODAC and second team all-region honors this fall.  A finalist for the Dudley Award, which is presented to the Virginia College Division Player of the Year, Cassilly started all 10 games at defensive end and finished third on the team with 65 tackles.  He also led the conference with 20.5 tackles for a loss (-103) and finished second in the ODAC with 10.0 sacks (-70).  Additionally, he forced three fumbles, broke up three passes, recovered two fumbles and notched a pair of interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.  For his career, Cassilly totaled 171 tackles and 15.0 sacks.

Also a first team selection, Sawyer started all 10 games during the 2009 season and earned First Team All-ODAC honors after leading the team with 77 total tackles. He also ranked second in the conference with eight pass breakups and was third in the conference with five interceptions.  Sawyer also added one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for the season.  He ended his career with 152 tackles and seven interceptions.

Kurkis earned second team honors after posting Second Team All-ODAC and Second Team Academic All-America laurels. The 2009 Co-ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Kurkis started all 10 games this fall and helped pave the way for a rushing attack that averaged 201.4 yards per game on the ground, good for 36th nationally.

Clemo was a second team choice after posting Second Team All-ODAC honors. He started all 10 games at tailback and rushed 204 times for 923 yards and 11 touchdowns.  He also caught 10 passes for 69 yards.  Clemo finished the season ranked third in the ODAC in both rushing (92.3 ypg) and scoring (6.6 ppg).

Kavanagh earned second team laurels as a return specialist.  He played in all 10 games as a linebacker and defensive back and totaled 48 tackles and two sacks.  As a kickoff returner, he led NCAA Division III with a 33.2 yards per return average.  He tallied 498 yards and one touchdown on 15 returns, including a 99-yard touchdown return against Guilford.

Washington and Lee finished the 2009 season with a 4-6 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the ODAC.  The Generals’ six losses were by a combined total of 29 points with eight points being the largest margin of defeat.