20 - Steve Silva
Steve Silva
Height: 6-0
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
Hometown: East Providence, R.I.
High School: East Providence
Position: RB
Returning team captain for Holy Cross, who will be a fifth-year senior in 2005 ... Over the course of his career as a Crusader, has totaled 1,733 rushing yards on 426 carries, 100 reception for 826 yards, 23 total touchdowns and 3,019 all-purpose yards ... Enters the season ranked fifth all-time at Holy Cross with 22 career rushing touchdowns.

2004: Named second team All-Patriot League ... A first team All-America and second team All-Atlantic Region selection by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette ... Named the 2004 Crusader Most Valuable Player and the WTAG Offensive Player of the Year, in addition to earning the Davitt Award as the team's top offensive back ... Played in all 11 games on the season, starting 10 times ... Led the Crusader offense with 708 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 161 carries, in addition to catching a team-best 60 passes for 507 yards and another score .... Became the first Holy Cross player since Gordie Lockbaum in 1986 to lead Holy Cross in both rushing yards and receptions ... Also led the team in scoring with 66 points, and while totaling 1,663 all-purpose yards on the season ... Averaged 25.9 yards on kickoff returns and 14.2 yards on punt returns ... Led the Patriot League in all-purpose yards, while ranking second in receptions, third in kickoff returns, fifth in scoring, fifth in receiving yards and seventh in rushing yards ... Also placed 15th in the nation in all-purpose yards, 17th in kickoff returns, 33rd in receptions, 78th in scoring and 89th in rushing ... Ranked eighth on the Holy Cross single season list for receptions ... Rushed 21 times for a season-high 121 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over Marist, while posting 269 all-purpose yards ... Ran 21 times for 103 yards and a score in the overtime win at Georgetown ... Rushed for 52 yards and a pair of scores in the victory at Dartmouth ... Totaled 184 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns against Fordham ... Recorded over 100 all-purpose yards eight times on the year.

2003: Played and started all 12 games on the year ... Led the team in carries (194), rushing yards (701) and touchdowns (10) ... Also caught 30 passes for 241 yards ... Ranked ninth in the Patriot League in rushing ... Rushed for a career-high 147 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries in the win over Georgetown ... Rushed for 70 yards and a score on 13 carries against San Diego ... Racked up 75 yards on 18 carries against Florida International ... Caught five passes for 55 yards against Harvard ... Posted five catches for 48 yards, including a season-best 29 yard reception, against Lafayette ... Scored two touchdowns against Dartmouth, Bucknell and Colgate ... Notched 954 all-purpose yards during the year, including a season-best 176 all-purpose yards against Georgetown ... Tied for the team lead in scoring (60 points).

2002: Played and started the first two games of the season before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Georgetown ... Received a medical redshirt ... Rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries in his limited action ... Also caught four passes for 34 yards ... Rushed 25 times for 97 yards to lead the Crusaders to the upset win over Division I-A Army ... Also caught four passes for 34 yards against the Black Knights.

2001: Played in seven games, notching 35 carries for 200 yards, and leading the Crusaders in yards per carry (5.7) ... Also caught six passes for 44 yards ... Opened his Holy Cross career with seven rushes for 55 yards against Georgetown ... Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week following the Georgetown game ... Carried four times for 29 yards and scored his first collegiate touchdown against Lehigh ... Rushed six times for 37 yards against Bucknell ... Caught two passes for a season high 25 yards receiving against Lehigh.

High School: Named USA Today Rhode Island State Player of the Year and Gatorade Rhode Island Player of the Year ... USA Today honorable mention All-American ... Two-time All-State and All-League selection ... Three-time All-Area honoree ... Selected to the Rhode Island Golden Dozen Team ... State champion in the weight throw as a senior, placing third at nationals and earning All-America accolades ... Rushed for over 3,000 yards and scored 47 touchdowns during his career ... Led team to Rhode Island state championship as a junior and a No. 1 Ranking in New England during his senior season ... Named Rhode Island Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Personal: Full name is Steven Kenneth Silva ... Born on November 23, 1982 ... Son of Steven Silva and Debra Bellamy ... Father went to New England Patriots camp as a defensive back ... Majoring in Sociology.

Silva's Rushing Statistics
YEAR    GP-GS   ATT   YARDS   AVG   TD   LONG
2001      7-1    35     200   5.7    1     18
2002      2-2    36     124   3.4    1     15
2003    12-12   194     701   3.6   10     21
2004    11-10   161     708   4.4   10     41
TOTAL   32-25   426    1733   4.1   22     41

Silva's Receiving Statistics
YEAR    GP-GS   REC   YARDS   AVG   TD   LONG
2001      7-1     6      44   7.3    0     13
2002      2-2     4      34   8.5    0     14
2003    12-12    30     241   8.0    0     29
2004    11-10    60     507   8.4    1     35
TOTAL   32-25   100     826   8.3    1     35

Silva's Career Highs
Rushing Yards         147 vs. Georgetown, 9/13/2003
Rushing Attempts      30 vs. Yale, 10/4/2003
Longest Rush          41 vs. Duquesne, 9/4/2004
Rushing Touchdowns    2 five times, last vs. Marist, 11/6/2004
Receptions            8 two times, last at Lafayette, 11/13/2004
Receiving Yards       70 vs. Lehigh, 10/9/2004
Longest Reception     35 vs. Marist, 11/6/2004
Receiving Touchdowns  1 vs. Fordham, 10/2/2004
All-Purpose Yards     269 vs. Marist, 11/6/2004