Noel LaMontagne
Noel LaMontagne
Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Coopersburg, Pa.

High School:
Southern Lehigh H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 302

Position:
OG/OT

PRONUNCIATION: (Nole) La mon tain

WORTH NOTING: Honors candidate ... joins Travis Griffith and Thomas Jones as one of Virginia's 1999 tri-captains ... returning two-year starter at offensive guard ... joins tight end Casey Crawford and tailback Thomas Jones as one of UVa's three returning first-team All-ACC selections from 1998 ... could become the first offensive lineman at Virginia to earn first-team All-ACC honors for two consecutive seasons since offensive tackle Ray Roberts did it in 1989 and 1990 ... two-year letter winner ... participating on this year's team as a first-year graduate student.

HONORS: 1999-Received the Virginia Student Aid Foundation's T. David Fitzgibbon Football Scholarship. 1998-First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference ... ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week following UVa's game against San Jose State (Oct. 3) ... first-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association ... second-team All-State by the Roanoke Times ... All-ACC Academic Football Team.

AT VIRGINIA: 1998-Started the first six games of the regular season at left guard before getting injured late in the Georgia Tech game and missing the next three games ... returned against North Carolina, but did not start ... returned to the starting lineup for the Virginia Tech game in the regular-season finale ... moved from left to right guard in the third quarter when starting right guard Fady Chamoun went down with a knee injury ... started at right guard in Chamoun's place against Georgia in the Peach Bowl ... wore Chamoun's number (57) to honor his friend and roommate ... seldom came out of a game until injuring his ankle against Georgia Tech ... was a consistently high grader by offensive line coach Paul Schudel ... Schudel has coached eight All-Americans in his career and admits to being an extremely tough grader ... very good in pass protection and helped open up holes for the ground game ... his play was instrumental in rejuvenating the Virginia rushing attack ... blocked for an offense that led the ACC last season in a variety of offensive categories, including rushing yards per game (213.1 ypg), rushing touchdowns (27), yards per rush (5.0), yards per play (6.1) and first downs per game (21.4) ...Virginia averaged almost 100 yards more of rushing offense and 75 yards more of total offense in 1998 as compared to 1997 ... Virginia also featured the ACC's leading rusher, Thomas Jones ... UVa compiled two of the top-three offensive outputs in the ACC in 1998, including a league-best 600 yards against Georgia Tech ... UVa also had 556 yards (third in league) against San Jose State ... the ground game posted three of the top five games in the ACC last season, including two of the top three games (446 yards vs. San Jose State and 288 yards vs. Georgia Tech) ... earned his second letter. 1997-Started all 11 games at left guard ... helped anchor young offensive line that had to replace four starters, including the tight end, from 1996 ... earned his first letter. 1996-Appeared in nine regular season games and the Carquest Bowl as a reserve offensive lineman ... did not play against Georgia Tech or Clemson ... made his first career start against Maryland at left guard as Jeremy Raley started at center in place of Tom Locklin. 1995-Red-shirted ... did not appear in a game ... was in uniform for the Florida State and Maryland games.

HIGH SCHOOL: Started all 43 games in his four years on the offensive and defensive lines for coach Bob Clark at Southern Lehigh High School ... first-team All-State as an offensive tackle his senior year ... twice named first-team All-League as an offensive and defensive tackle ... named to Pennsylvania Big 33 football team ... team captain of high school and Big 33 teams ... MVP and scholar-athlete ... also lettered in track and field, competing in the shot put and discus ... was league champion in the shot put as a junior and in the discus his senior year.

PERSONAL: Noel Michael LaMontagne ... born 3-9-77 in Bethlehem, Pa. ... son of Gerald and Susan LaMontagne ... has one brother, Gerald (27), and one sister, Michelle (25) ... father and brother both played football at Dartmouth ... was a member of the National Honor Society at Southern Lehigh High School ... Lee Iaccoca Leadership Award nominee ... participates in the Buddy Program at Charlottesville's Greer Elementary School ... received his undergraduate degree in sociology in May of 1999.