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Tribe Trio to Be Honored by the Peninsula Sports Club


The College of William and Maryís athletics family will be well represented at the upcoming Peninsula Sports Club Headlinerís Banquet as head football coach Jimmye Laycock í70 will be honored as the Morewitz Sports Person of the Year, while current track and field all-American Jon Grey (Lancaster, Pa.) will be recognized as the Collegeís Athlete of the Year by the group. Additionally, former Tribe all-time great quarterback Buddy Lex í50 will be one of three recipients of the groupís Sports Person Emeritus Award.

The trio will be officially honored with the award at the Peninsula Sports Club 61st Annual Headlinerís Night, which will be held on June 14th in the Hampton Holiday Inn. The event is scheduled to start at 6:00pm with a cash bar social, with the dinner starting at 6:30 pm. Ticket information can be obtained by calling Horace Underwood at (757) 592-8848.

Laycock earned the honor by leading the Tribe to an 11-3 record en route to advancing to the NCAA Semifinals and earning a national ranking as high as No. 3 in the final national polls. The impressive victory total equaled a school record; while it marked the second time he has guided the Tribe within a game of the national championship in the last six years. Laycock also reached a milestone last fall, as he became just the 13th head coach in FCS history to win 200 games. Adding to his success was the fact that his squad was recognized by the NCAA for outstanding athletic achievement for the sixth-consecutive season.

Grey has been nothing short of sensational since coming to campus before the 2008 season (after transferring from Oklahoma). His 2009-10 season has been stellar as he played a major role in leading the Tribe cross country squad to the regional crown and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the Collegeís best showing since taking fourth in 1973. At the NCAA meet, the junior placed 17th overall and was named All-American for the first time. Grey carried the momentum into the indoor season, where he finished fifth in the nation for his second All-American award in a career-best time of 13:46.12. It was the second-fastest time ever run indoors by a W&M athlete, behind only 11-time All-American Matt Lane. Despite the impressive accolades already on the shelf, Grey still has a strong chance at more hardware, as he will enter this weekendís NCAA Outdoor Championship meet with the nationís ninth fastest 10,000m time.

Lex was a member of some of the most successful teams in the Tribeís long football history. He was a key member in the Collegeís backfield on squads that recorded back-to-back Bowl Game appearances after both the 1947 and 1948 seasons.

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