January 3, 2013

Hall, Herndon and Waldron Earn All-State Honors

Written by Sean Dahlin

ROANOKE, Va.—The Roanoke Times announced its 2012 Divisions II, III and NAIA All-State College Football Team honoring three Southern Virginia University Knights.

Senior co-captains Luke Herndon (Mechanicsville, Va.) and Jeff Waldron (Costa Mesa, Calif.) headlined the Southern Virginia selections as the pair earned Roanoke Times All-State First Team honors, while fellow co-captain and senior defensive lineman Dylan Hall (Redding, Calif.) was a Second Team honoree.

"It's an honor having Dylan [Hall], Jake [Herndon] and Jeff [Waldron] named to the Roanoke Times All-State Team," said fourth-year Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "They were model team captains and are very deserving of the award."

Hall, Herndon and Waldron were all key components to this year's football team that recorded a 5-6 record marking the second-most victories in program history.

Four-year letter winner Herndon finished his senior campaign with 53 tackles (23 solo, 30 assisted), 9.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks, while also blocking three kicks and recovering three fumbles. Herndon holds the program's career blocked kicks record (6) and ranks third on Southern Virginia's career sacks list (10.5). 

In 2012, Waldron—also named to the USCAA All-Academic team—finished second on the squad with 29 catches for 409 yards and two touchdowns. Waldron ranks eighth on the program's career receiving yards (714) and pass receptions (49) record books as well. 

Second-team selection Hall set program records with 10.5 sacks this season and 14.5 career sacks and finished with 14 tackles-for-loss, ranking him second for a single-season in program history. Hall also holds the single-season blocks record after blocking five kicks this season. 

"Dylan, Luke and Jeff have contributed a lot to our football program throughout their time at Southern Virginia [University], and they will certainly be missed," said Fitzgerald. 

Football's three All-State nominees are the most in program history—in 2007 McKay Dunn and Ricky Kailiponi were Roanoke Times All-State selections.