Monday, October 2, 2023

W&M Football Standouts John Pius, Colby Sorsdal Selected to Associated Press FCS All-America First Team

(Tribe Athletics)

WILLIAMSBURG — After helping lead the William & Mary football team to one of the best seasons in program history, senior offensive lineman Colby Sorsdal and sophomore linebacker John Pius were selected to the FCS Associated Press All-America First Team.

Both players earned All-America honors from HERO Sports last week.

Recently selected as one of three finalists to attend the Stats Perform Buck Buchanan Award (national defensive player of the year in the FCS) announcement, Pius was honored as the 2022 Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Dudley Award, which is given each year to the best college football player in Virginia.

The Arlington, Va., native ranked fourth nationally in sacks (11.5) and fifth in TFL (19). A two-time CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Pius led W&M in tackles (72) and quarterback hurries (12).

Sorsdal anchored the Tribe’s offensive line and started every game this season. A first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, he helped W&M dominate in both the running game and in pass protection. The Tribe ranked fourth nationally in fewest sacks allowed per game (0.77) and in rushing (265.8) – a school record. Additionally, W&M also set school records for rushing yards (3,455) and yards per carry (5.9).

Despite being picked fifth in the CAA Preseason Poll, W&M posted a remarkable 2022 campaign in which it equaled a school record for wins (11) and posted program records for regular season victories (10) and road triumphs (6). Additionally, the Tribe secured a share of the CAA title, earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Playoffs and advanced to the quarterfinals.

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