Nov. 25, 1999
GREENSBORO, NC - University of Virginia offensive lineman Noel LaMontagne has been selected as the recipient of the 1999 Jim Tatum Award, Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford announced today.
The Tatum Award is given annually in memory of the last Jim Tatum to the top senior student-athlete among the league's football players. Tatum, a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, coached in the 1950s at both Maryland and North Carolina and believed strongly in the concept of the student-athlete.
A three-year starter for the Cavaliers, LaMontagne's achievements reach from the classroom to the gridiron. A first-team All-ACC selection a year ago, LaMontagne is bidding to become the first offensive lineman from Virginia to earn first-team All-ACC honors for two consecutive seasons since Ray Roberts in 1989-90.
The Coopersburg, Pa., senior carries a 3.081 grade point average, including a 3.56 GPA in his last two semesters. Graduating with a degree in sociology last May, LaMontagne is one of the Cavaliers' tri-captains this season and is competing as a graduate student this season.
He played a major role in helping tailback Thomas Jones set the ACC single-season rushing record with 1798 yards this fall. A starter at both guard and tackle this season, LaMontagne is a mainstay of an offensive line that keys one of the nation's most balanced offenses. Virginia averaged 191. 5 yards rushing and 211.0 yards passing this season en route to a 7-4 record. This marks the 13th consecutive season the Cavaliers have won seven or more games. They are joined in this exclusive club by Florida State, Michigan and Nebraska.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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