December 3, 2012

Three Tigers Honored by TD Club of Richmond, Walker Named Lanier Finalist

RICHMOND, VA-The Touchdown Club of Richmond recently announced its college awards for the 2012 football season. The winners will be honored at the annual Dudley Award Banquet on Wednesday, December 5.

Junior tackle Will Ferrell (Blythewood, SC/Blythewood) was named the College Division Offensive Lineman of the Year and senior linebacker Kenny Fryman (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) was named the Linebacker of the Year. Also earning honors at the College Division were Washington & Lee's Luke Heinsohn (Offensive Back) and Jake Pelton (Defensive Back), Randolph-Macon's Zach Midulla (End/Wide Receiver), Bridgewater's Joel Francis (Defensive Lineman), and Shenandoah's Cory Gay (Special Teams).

The TD Club also announced finalists for the Dudley Award and Lanier Award, given to the top collegiate player in the state with the Dudley Award going to a NCAA Division I player and the Lanier Award presented to a player from a NCAA Division II, III/NAIA/USCAA college. The winners will be announced on Wednesday evening.

Sophomore receiver Holton Walker (Lynchburg, VA/Brookville) was named a finalist for the Lanier Award. Joining Walker as finalists are Washington & Lee running back Luke Heinsohn and Ferrum quarterback Tim Reynolds.

Ferrell earns this honor along with First Team All-ODAC accolades in both 2012 and 2011. He was the anchor to the Tigers' offensive line and helped the team lead the conference in both scoring (36.5 ppg) and passing offense (271.8 pypg), and finish second in total offense (429.6 ypg).

Fryman, a two-time First Team All-ODAC and 2011 Third Team All-Region selection, led the team and finished second in total tackles with 114. He was also in the top five in tackles-for-loss with 12.0 for -29 yards while adding one sack, one pass break up, and one forced fumble.

Walker had a breakout sophomore season, earning First Team All-ODAC honors after he lead the ODAC in every statistical category for receivers. His 1,262 receiving yards rank fourth best in school history, his 12 touchdowns are third best, and his 76 receptions were just shy of a top-five mark. Walker averaged 126.2 yards-per-game which was seventh best in the country.

The Dudley Award Banquet is open to the public and will be held Wednesday, December 5, at the Hilton Richmond Hotel, 12042 West Broad Street, 7:30 pm, with a pre-banquet social at 6:30 pm. Tickets cost $40.00 each and may be purchased by contacting Rudy Ward, 804.551.0980, or tdclubofrichmond@verizon.net.

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 Richmond's Maggie Walker High School.

The Touchdown Club of Richmond is a sports-social organization that serves 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.