College football: LaSala earns state, regional honors

Former Wilton High standout Michael LaSala was selected as the College Division Offensive Lineman of the Year for the second consecutive year by the Touchdown Club of Richmond (Va.), which released its 2016 football awards on Wednesday.

LaSala, a senior on the Washington and Lee University football team, will be honored at the 2016 Dudley/Lanier Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Touchdown Club of Richmond, on Monday. The College Division encompasses all the NCAA Division II and III and NAIA schools in the State of Virginia.

LaSala, a 6’3”, 265-pound offensive tackle, started all 10 games this fall, helping lead the Generals to another prolific season on the offensive side of the ball. W&L averaged 469.3 yards and 33.9 points per game and for the second straight season led all of college football in rushing with an average of 390.3 rushing yards per game.

W&L had four games of 550 or more total offensive yards and produced four of the top 10 single-game rushing performances in conference history, including a season-best 566 rushing yards in a 52-7 win over Hampden-Sydney on Oct. 22.

Washington and Lee completed the 2016 season with a 6-4 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

LaSala, a 2013 Wilton High graduate, earned First Team All-ODAC honors for the second year in a row.

He was also one of three Washington and Lee players named to the D3Football.com All-South Region football team, making the Second Team All-South squad.

Last season, he earned First Team All-South Region honors, and was also named First Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and Third Team All-American by D3Football.com.

LaSala this year was named a Preseason First Team All-American by the Sporting News, Lindy's and D3football.com.

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.