BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The offensive backfield on the Silver Anniversary Team features Bridgewater College's all-time leader in passing yards, its all-time rushing leader and the all-time scoring leader.
Quarterback Jason Lutz and running back Davon Cruz re-wrote the football record book during their playing days at Bridgewater and led the Eagles to an appearance in the 2001 Division III National Championship Game. The two are joined in the backfield by running back Marcus Washington, a standout for the Eagles during the 2002-05 seasons.
Lutz finished his career as the program's career leader in rushing touchdowns, passing touchdowns, passing yards and total offense. He still holds these career marks nearly two decades later. Lutz rushed for 39 touchdowns and passed for 59 more as the Eagles' quarterback. He passed for 6.327 yards and finished with 8,762 yards total offense. During the 2001 season, Lutz passed for 2.497 yards and 29 touchdowns, still single-season Bridgewater records, while leading one of the most prolific offenses in the nation.
Lutz was a two-time All-ODAC first-team selection and was the 2001 ODAC Player of the Year. He was a third-team All-America selection by Football Gazette. Lutz was also the 2001 VaSID State Player of the Year and the 2001 Richmond Touchdown Club State Offensive Back of the Year.
Lutz was inducted into the Bridgewater College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017, the first player from the 2001 Stagg Bowl team to receive the honor.
Cruz finished his playing career with 3,986 rushing yards, still the top mark in the College's record book. In 2001, Cruz set single-season records with 1,678 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. His yardage mark still ranks No. 1 at Bridgewater. Cruz ran for 1,556 yards during the 2000 season, the third-best single-season mark in program history.
Cruz was a first-team All-ODAC pick in 2001 and a second-team selection in 2000. Cruz was named to the 2001 AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) All-America first team.
Washington ranks No. 8 on the program's all-time rushing list with 2.615 yards. He rushed for 17 touchdowns during his senior season. He is Bridgewater's all-time leader in career points with 262 and career touchdowns with 43.
Washington was a two-time All-ODAC first-team selection (2003, 2005) and was named to the 2005 D3football.com All-America second team.
The 2019 football season will be the 25th year with Michael Clark as the program's head coach. In recognition of Coach Clark's Silver Anniversary, Bridgewater College Facebook Fans voted on a Silver Anniversary team, recognizing the top players from the Coach Clark era.
Wednesday: The defensive line