James Madison linebacker Stephon Robertson won the Dudley Award, representing the top Division I football player at a Virginia university.
The award was presented by the Touchdown Club of Richmond and the Richmond Times-Dispatch at a banquet Wednesday night. This was the latest accolade for the hard-hitting, two-time Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year.
Record-setting Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke placed second, and Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas, the other finalist invited to the banquet, placed third.
Two Christopher Newport players were named to the Division III All-South Atlantic Region second team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America: senior Bupe Okeowo and junior Joy Piirto.
Three William and Mary athletes were selected among the college’s 46 recent initiates to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society: women’s basketball player Jaclyn McKenna, field hockey player Taylor Hodge and men’s tennis player John Banks.
Old Dominion (2-3) will make its Mid-American Conference season debut Friday at the Constant Center against Eastern Michigan.
The Monarchs have three nationally ranked competitors, according to Amateur Wrestling News: No. 12 Chris Mecate at 141 pounds, No. 20 Alexander Richardson at 149 and No. 17 Tristan Warner at 157.
Norfolk (10-8-0-4, ninth in the AHL’s 15-team Eastern Conference) returns to competition with games Friday and Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y., against the Crunch (11-7-1-1), which is in its second year as a Tampa Bay Lightning affiliate since the “trade” that moved the Anaheim Ducks’ top prospects to the Admirals.