With nine starters back on offense and nine on defense from the team that won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference last fall, Washington and Lee’s football team is not going to sneak up on any opponents this fall. And now the Generals have been ranked nationally by The Sporting News in its 2011 College Football Preview issue.
W&L is No. 19 on the Sporting News Preseason Division III Top 25 and the only ODAC team in the rankings. Wisconsin-Whitewater, which won the national Division III championship last year, is ranked No. 1.
What’s more, W&L junior defensive back Jake Pelton, from Charlottesville, Va., has been named to the preseason All-America team by The Sporting News. Jake was named first team All-ODAC, first team All-State and second team All-South Region. He led the conference with six interceptions and also had 82 tackles.
The Generals will open the season on Sept. 3, when they host Franklin & Marshall on Wilson Field.