Oct. 17, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) has been selected as the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week for games through Oct. 15. This marks the third straight week Silva has received Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week honors, while he also was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 5. Last Saturday, Silva led the Crusaders to a 28-16 victory over Dartmouth at Fitton Field.
Against the Big Green, Silva set school single game records with 353 all-purpose yards and 167 punt return yards. He finished the game with 132 rushing yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, eight receptions for 39 yards, six punt returns for 167 yards and a score and a kickoff return for 15 yards. Silva's 87-yard punt return for a touchdown at the end of the second quarter also set a record for the longest punt return in school history. In addition, he threw a six-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, to have a hand in three of Holy Cross' four scores.
Through seven games so far this season, Silva now has 1,493 all-purpose yards while accounting for 14 touchdowns. He currently leads the team in rushing (600 yards and seven scores on 130 carries), receptions (42 catches for 271 yards and a touchdown), kickoff returns (10 for 263 yards and a score) and punt returns (19 for 359 yards and two touchdowns). Silva has also become the first player in Holy Cross history to throw a touchdown pass and also score touchdowns on a rush, a reception, a kickoff return and a punt return in a single season.
Over the course of his four-year career as a Crusader, Silva has rushed for 2,333 yards and 29 touchdowns on 556 carries, while catching 142 passes for 1,097 yards and two scores, becoming the first player in school history to record 2,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards. Entering this week's game, Silva ranks second all-time at Holy Cross in career rushing touchdowns, third in total touchdowns scored (34), third in all-purpose yards (4,512), third in rushing carries, fourth in points scored (192), fifth in rushing yards and fifth in receptions.
Holy Cross (5-2 overall, 2-0 Patriot League) returns to action this Saturday, Oct. 22, when it plays host to Colgate (4-2 overall, 1-0 Patriot League) in a 1:00 p.m. game.