Football team earns several awards during the Christmas holiday

Despite not competing in the ODAC tournament, Washington and Lee’s football team amassed several awards and celebrated talented seniors that the team will miss next year.

Kathryn Young

Although Washington and Lee’s football season ended in mid- November, the Generals players are still being awarded for their outstanding season.

At the end of November, 11 student athletes were named to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) all-conference team.

The Generals four first-team all-ODAC selections included Michael LaSala, ’17, Max Garrett, ’18, and Chris Osier, ’18, who all received first team laurels last season as well. Will Dyson, ’17, was named to the first-team for the first time in his college career.

In addition to his first-team all-ODAC placement, Garrett was also honored as the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the year.

Charlie Nelson, ’17, Matt Underhill, ’17, and Rhett Delk, ’17, were all named to the second team. Marshall Hollerith, ’17, and Sam Wilson, ’17, and Walker Brand, ’18, garnered third team laurels.

These were not, however, the only awards the Generals received this past year.

Dyson was named to the All-South Region football first team in December. After receiving this honor, Dyson was placed on the All-America honors ballot. In late December, it was announced that he received third team laurels from

In addition to this honor, Dyson received First Team All-State accolades from the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). Dyson did this along with three other teammates, LaSala, Osier, and Garrett, who were repeat recipients

of VaSID First Team recognition. Underhill received second team laurels from VaSID for the second consecutive year.

Dyson led the ODAC with 6 interceptions, and placed second in the league with 10 pass breakups. He also logged 35 tackles this season.

Dyson is W&L’s ninth All-America pick since 1999. Last year, his teammate LaSala received third team laurels as well.

LaSala received quite a few accolades himself this season as well. He played in all ten games this season as an offensive lineman. Even before the season started, he was named a Pre-Season First Team All-American by Sporting News, Lindy’s and He helped lead the Generals on the offensive side for his final season. The Generals averaged 469.3 yards and 33.9 points per game this season, and led all of college football in rushing with an average of 390.3 yards per game.

This season, LaSala and Garrett received second team honors from the All-South Region football team.

The Touchdown Club of Richmond released its 2016 football awards on December 7. LaSala was honored for the second consecutive year as the College Division Offensive Linemen of the Year at the 2016 Dudley/Lanier Awards Banquet.

The Generals finished their season in November with a record of 6-4. The team went 5-2 in ODAC play, falling to Randolph-Macon College and Bridgewater.

The team had four games of over 550 total offensive yards and produced four of the ODAC’s Top 10 single-game rushing performances in the conference’s history. Their best game during the season was against Hampden-Sydney College, where they rushed 566 yards for a decisive 52-7 victory.

The Generals also tied for first in all of Division III for fewest interceptions thrown with just two. They placed eighth in Division III in passing yards per completion with 16.46 yards, tied for 18th in fewest sacks allowed with just ten, and ranked 22nd in third down conversion percentage with 46.8 percent.

Although the team will miss their star seniors, the Generals look forward to next season iwth thier many award-winning returning players.