St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 22, 2016 – Washington University in St. Louis had 20 student-athletes named to the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) and University Athletic Association (UAA) Football All-Conference Teams, as announced Tuesday by the conference offices.
In addition, freshman Johnny Davidson earned UAA Special Teams Player of the Year honors. Davidson and the Bears' punt team ranked second in NCAA Division III with a 39.8 net punt. Individually, Davidson was second in the UAA with a 41.1 average and had 18 land inside the 20 and 10 fair catches.
Senior center John Doty, senior wide receiver Kevin Hammarlund, sophomore defensive back Ben Marcus and senior tight end Matt Page highlighted the honorees by earning first-team accolades in both leagues.
Doty started the final 31 games of his career on the offensive line for the Bears, who averaged 36.6 points and 482.9 yards per game. In addition, the O-Line led both leagues and ranked 18th in Division III in sacks allowed per game (1.00).
Hammarlund led the SAA and UAA with a single-season school record with 100 receptions for 1,365 yards. He also led both leagues with 13 touchdowns. Hammarlund ranks second in Division III in receptions and third in receiving yards.
Marcus was third in the SAA in interceptions (4) and tackles (101), and recorded four games with double-digit tackles and one multi-interception game.
Page led all Division III tight ends with 63 catches for 873 yards. He also had 12 touchdown receptions, which was second in both leagues.
Doty, Hammarlund, Marcus and Page were part of 10 student-athletes that received first-team honors: senior offensive tackle Jerry Bauer (UAA), sophomore coverage specialist Chandler Elmore (UAA), senior cornerback Nate Lowis (UAA), senior defensive lineman Josiah Situmeang (UAA), senior running back Austin Smestad (UAA) and senior quarterback J.J. Tomlin (UAA).
WashU had 11 student-athletes earn second-team accolades: sophomore running back Logan Bash (UAA), sophomore linebacker Jake Coon (SAA, UAA), Davidson (SAA, UAA), sophomore offensive guard Tom Hutchison (UAA), junior kicker Dan Kalvaitis (SAA, UAA), junior defensive lineman Jared Lake (UAA), junior defensive lineman Nick Leduc (UAA), junior strong safety Andrew Ralph (UAA), Situmeang (SAA), Smestad (SAA) and Tomlin (SAA).
WashU finished the 2016 season with an 8-3 overall record and made its third NCAA playoff appearance in school history. The eight wins are the second most in school history. The Bears were also co-champions in the SAA and UAA.