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Paul Whiting '04
Whiting, a neuroscience major, earned Academic All-District honors for the third consecutive season.

Whiting, Ladd Named CoSIDA Academic All-District, Finalists for Academic All-America

November 13, 2003

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College placed two players - senior quad-captain defensive back Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo) and junior quad-captain tailback Fletcher Ladd (Amherst, NH/Souhegan) - on the 2003 College Division Academic All-District Football Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. As first-team selections, Whiting and Ladd are automatically placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

Whiting is a three-time Academic All-District selection after earning second-team honors in both 2001 and 2002. He finished the 2003 season with 25 tackles and a team-high three interceptions, one of which came with a cast on his broken left wrist in the Jeffs’ season-ending 14-10 loss at archrival Williams College. During the preseason, Whiting was one of just 11 players from NCAA Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA and the only player from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) named to the 12th Annual American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, which honors college football players across the country for their dedication and commitment to community service. As a junior, Whiting earned the college’s prestigious Samuel Walley Brown Scholarship, presented annually to one class member in recognition of scholarship and citizenship. He’s also an All-NESCAC centerfielder on the baseball team, an ECAC qualifier in the triple jump and a school-record holder in the 4x200-meter relay.

Ladd, a repeat First-Team Academic All-District selection, began the season as a Preseason All-American and earned NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week with 166 rushing yards, including a school-record 90-yard touchdown run, in Amherst’s season-opening 34-0 win at Bates. He then pierced the career 2,000-yd plateau with a 21-yard run against Bowdoin and finished the season second in the NESCAC with 894 rushing yards (111.8/gm) on 153 carries. With 2,680 career-rushing yards, Ladd is just 236 yards shy of Amherst’s career record of 2,916.

Ladd earned First-Team All-NESCAC and Second-Team ECAC Division III Northeast All-Star honors in 2002, finishing fourth in the NESCAC in all-purpose yards (145.8 ypg), eighth in total offense (143.5 ypg) and falling just 72 yards shy of equaling the Amherst single-season rushing record. He was also voted Second-Team All-NESCAC and Amherst's Co-Offensive Back of the Year in 2001, finishing second in the conference in rushing touchdowns (7) and seventh in rushing average (79.8 ypg).