Oct. 3, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) has been selected as the National Special Teams Player of the Week by the Sports Network, for games through Oct. 1. Silva, who was also named the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week, led the Crusaders to a 22-19 victory at Yale on Saturday.
Silva recorded 250 all-purpose yards against Yale, including 106 yards on kickoff and punt returns. With 4:00 remaining in the fourth quarter, he returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown to put Holy Cross up 22-13 and secure the victory. Silva finished the day with 99 kickoff return yards, 92 rushing yards, 52 receiving yards and seven punt return yards.
Through five games this season, Silva leads all of Division I-AA with an average of 197.6 all-purpose yards per game. He has rushed for 430 yards and six touchdowns on 93 carries, caught 28 passes for 196 yards and a score, returned nine kickoffs for 248 yards and a touchdown, and brought back 10 punts for 114 yards.
Over the course of his four-year career as a Crusader, Silva has rushed for 2,163 yards and 28 touchdowns on 519 carries, while catching 128 passes for 1,022 yards and two scores, becoming the first player in school history to record 2,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards. He currently ranks second all-time at Holy Cross in career rushing touchdowns, third in total touchdowns scored (31), fifth in all-purpose yards (4,007), sixth in rushing yards and seventh in receptions.
Holy Cross (3-2 overall, 1-0 Patriot League) returns to action this Saturday, Oct. 8, when it travels to Lehigh (3-1 overall, 0-0 Patriot League) for a 1:00 p.m. game.