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Jay Wagstaff '05
Junior Jay Wagstaff led the Jeffs with 13 kick returns for 188 yards and 23 punt returns for 230 yards.

Whiting, Ladd, Morrow, Wagstaff Named Division III All-East Region by Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette

December 9, 2003

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College placed four players - senior defensive back Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo), junior running back Fletcher Ladd (Amherst, NH/Souhegan), senior offensive lineman Shane Morrow (Coral Springs, FL/St. Thomas Aquinas) and junior return specialist Jay Wagstaff (Tewksbury, MA/Tewksbury) - on the 2003 NCAA Division III All-East Region Team, as selected by Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette. Whiting was a second-team pick, while Ladd, Morrow and Wagstaff each received third-team honors. Amherst’s four selections were the most of any team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), followed by Trinity College and Tufts University with three each.

Whiting, a First-Team Academic All-America and a three-time Academic All-District selection, was a First-Team All-NESCAC defensive back, captaining a defense that registered a conference record four shutouts in its first five games. Whiting logged a team-high six solo tackles with a fumble recovery and an interception in a 34-0 win at Bates, tallied seven tackles in a 21-0 win over Bowdoin and finished the season with 25 tackles and a team-high three interceptions, one of which came with a cast on his broken left wrist in Amherst’s season finale at Williams. He was a finalist for the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame National Scholar Athlete Award, is a national nominee for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bobby Bowdon Award and was the first non-Division I recipient of the College Sports Television (CSTV) National Student-Athlete of the Month Award, which was announced November 24 and aired on CSTV. 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 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.

Ladd, a Second-Team Academic All-America, began the year as a Second-Team Preseason All-America and went on to earn All-NESCAC honors for the third straight season. He was named the 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-yard rushing plateau with a 21-yard run against Bowdoin and finished the season second in the NESCAC in rushing (111.8 ypg) and rushing touchdowns (7), third in rushing touchdowns (7), fourth in overall scoring (5.2 ppg), fourth in scoring (TDs) (5.2 ppg), fifth in all-purpose yards (120.9 ypg) and ninth in total offense (114.1 ypg). With 2,680 career rushing yards, Ladd is just 236 yards shy of the college’s all-time record of 2,916, held by Josh Mason ’97.

Morrow, a First-Team All-NESCAC pick, anchored an offensive line that finished second in the NESCAC in scoring offense (22.8 ppg), rushing offense (214.6 ypg) and total offense (382.4 ypg), starting all eight games at left guard, while barely missing an offensive snap.

Wagstaff was a first-team All-NESCAC honoree for the second straight season, tying for second in the conference with 44 catches and placing sixth in receiving yards with 453. A Second-Team Preseason All-America, he also led the Jeffs with 13 kick returns for 188 yards and 23 punt returns for 230 yards.