RICHMOND, VA-The Touchdown Club of Richmond has announced its College Award winners for the 2011 season. Hampden-Sydney had three offensive players honored. Senior quarterback Travis Lane (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) was named the Offensive Back of the Year, senior wide receiver Kyle Vance (Onley, VA/Broadwater Academy) was named the End/Wide Receiver of the Year and senior center Ben Rogers (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) was named the Offensive Lineman of the Year. Lane has also been named a finalist to win the Willie Lanier Award given to the top player in Division II, III or NAIA in the state. Lane is joined by fellow finalists Charlie Westal (senior quarterback) of Washington & Lee and Devan Sproles (junior defensive back) of Emory & Henry.
14 players from colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia have been selected and will be honored at the Dudley Award banquet on Wednesday, December 7, at the Hilton Richmond Hotel.
Selected as NCAA Division I Players of the Year:
- Offensive Back: David Wilson, Virginia Tech
- End/Wide Receiver: Tre Gray, Richmond
- Offensive Lineman: Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech
- Defensive Back: Chase Minnefield, Virginia
- Linebacker: Steve Greer, Virginia
- Defensive Lineman: Matt Conrath, Virginia
- Special Teams: Jonathan Grimes, William & Mary
Those being honored from NCAA Division II, III & NAIA programs:
- Offensive Back: Travis Lane, Hampden-Sydney
- End/Wide Receiver: Kyle Vance, Hampden-Sydney
- Offensive Lineman: Ben Rogers, Hampden-Sydney
- Defensive Back: Derek Britt, Christopher Newport
- Linebacker: Devan Sproles, Emory & Henry
- Defensive Lineman: Joe Pricone, Randolph-Macon
- Special Teams: William Rudd, Virginia State
The Dudley Award banquet is open to the public and will be held for the second year in a row at the Hilton Richmond Hotel, 12042 West Broad Street. Tickets cost $40.00 each and may be purchased by contacting Rudy Ward, 804.551.0980, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The finalists for the Dudley Award as well as the Lanier Award will be announced by the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Monday. Both awards are presented to the top collegiate player in the state with Dudley Award presented to a NCAA Division I player and the Lanier Award presented to a player from a NCAA Division II, III/NAIA college.
The Dudley Award is named for the late Bill Dudley, an NFL Hall of Famer who starred at Virginia while the Lanier Award is named for Willie Lanier, also an NFL Hall of Famer who graduated from Maggie Walker High School.
The Touchdown Club of Richmond is a Sports-Social organization founded to promote the best interests of the American game of football and sports in general, under the guidance of elected officers with the predominate purpose being to recognize worthy athletes for their accomplishments and to encourage them to continue their education and athletic careers.
Lane, a two-time All-ODAC selection and 2011 Preseason All-American (CDS & BSN), threw for 3,648 yards, 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 294 of his 487 attempts (60.4%). Nationally, he was second in passing yards-per-game (331.6 ypg) and total offense (341.0 ypg) and fourth in points responsible for with 20.7 points-per-game. He was also in the top-ten in touchdown passes. On the ground, he ran in for five touchdowns. In ODAC play, he threw 14 touchdowns to just three interceptions.
Vance, a two-time All-ODAC selection, had one of the best seasons for a Hampden-Sydney receiver. His 16 touchdowns this season are highest in program history while his 103 receptions and 1,391 yards are second and third, respectively. He also broke the Tigers' single game receiving yard record when he went for 228 against Ferrum. He twice caught 14 receptions this year as well. While he leads the ODAC in all receiving categories, he ranks fourth nationally in receptions-per-game (9.4) and fifth in yards-per-game (126.5).
Rogers is the only Hampden-Sydney player to be named First Team All-ODAC all four years. The center has started in all 43 games of his career, which breaks a Hampden-Sydney record set by Hall of Fame inductee Butch Beverly '73. The senior captain has also been a vital part to helping the Tigers to a 35-5 record, two ODAC Championships and three NCAA appearances.