RICHMOND, Va. – Senior running back Will McGhee (Fishersville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield) has been named the winner of the 2013 Willie Lanier Award.
The Lanier Award is presented to the top player from a Division II, Division III, NAIA or USCAA school in the state of Virginia. The award was presented Wednesday evening by the Touchdown Club of Richmond and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
McGhee had a record-setting season for the Yellow Jackets. He set program marks with 16 rushing touchdowns and 1,676 rushing yards, the second-highest total in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) history. At the end of the regular season, McGhee was fourth in the nation in rushing and fifth in all-purpose yards (189.40 yards per game). He carried the ball 292 times, the third-highest total in ODAC history.
At Bethany, McGhee compiled 296 rushing yards, the third-highest total in ODAC history. He had 42 carries and three touchdowns.
At home against Emory & Henry, McGhee set a school record with a 99-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory against the Wasps.
In front of a Homecoming crowd at Day Field against Washington and Lee, McGhee gained 189 yards and scored four touchdowns, one in each quarter. He snapped a 21-21 tie with his fourth score with 3:26 remaining to give the Yellow Jackets the victory.
McGhee led the ODAC in rushing for the second consecutive season. He had 1,275 yards on the ground for the Yellow Jackets in 2012.
Earlier honors for McGhee included the J. Stokeley Fulton Offensive Player of the Year Award in the ODAC, Offensive Back of the Year in the Commonwealth of Virginia by the Touchdown Club of Virginia for Division II / Division III / NAIA / USCAA programs, and First Team All-ODAC.
McGhee edged Hampden-Sydney junior wide receiver Holton Walker by two points in one of the closest votes in the history of the award. Senior linebacker Brock Bullock from The Apprentice School was third.
Randolph-Macon was 7-3 overall this past season and 5-2 in the ODAC, tied for second in the conference standings.