Nov. 29, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior center David Cannon (Export, Pa.) and senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) have been selected to the 2005 New England Football Writers Division I-AA All-Star team. The team, which includes players from 10 schools, will be honored at the annual New England Football Writers Captains & Awards Banquet, on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Lantana Restaurant in Randolph, Mass.
Cannon was a first team All-Patriot League selection this season, after earning second team all-conference honors in 2004. He started all 11 games for the Crusaders at center this year, leading an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to rush for 127.6 yards per game, while supplying pass protection for the Crusaders to throw for 202.2 yards per contest. The Crusader offense also averaged 28.8 points per game during the 2005 campaign. Dating back to the 2003 season, Cannon started the final 32 games of his Holy Cross career at center.
Silva placed 13th in the voting for the 2005 Walter Payton Award, in addition to being named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Year and first team All-Patriot League. He totaled 2,134 all-purpose yards this season, rushing for 913 yards and 11 touchdowns on 189 carries, catching 54 passes for 364 yards and a score, returning 19 kickoffs for 462 yards and a touchdown, and bringing back 22 punts for 395 yards and two scores. Silva led in the nation in all-purpose yards, while ranking third in punt returns, 10th in scoring, 26th in kickoff returns, 34th in receptions and 34th in rushing yards. He also led the Patriot League in all-purpose yards, receptions and punt returns, while standing second in scoring, and third in rushing and kickoff returns. Silva finished his career ranked in the Holy Cross all-time top 10 in rushing touchdowns (34, second), all-purpose yards (5,153, second), rushing yards (2,646, third), total touchdowns scored (38, third), rushing carries (615, third), points scored (228, third) and receptions (154, fourth).
Holy Cross concluded the 2005 season with an overall record of 6-5, while placing fourth in the Patriot League with a 3-3 mark in conference games.
2005 New England Football Writers Division I-AA All-Star Team
Offense QB Ricky Santos New Hampshire So. RB Clifton Dawson Harvard Jr. RB Nick Hartigan Brown Sr. WR David Ball New Hampshire Jr. WR Cory Parks Northeastern Sr. WR Ashley Wright Yale Jr. TE Jonathan Williams New Hampshire Sr. OL David Cannon Holy Cross Sr. OL Ryan Gibbons Northeastern Sr. OL Will Johnson Harvard Sr. OL Alex Jury Brown Sr. OL Ben Lazarski Maine Sr. OL Shamel Lewis Rhode Island Jr. PK Steve Morgan Brown So. RS Steve Silva Holy Cross Sr.
Defense DL Derek Stank New Hampshire Sr. DL Mike Berg Harvard Jr. DL Anthony Gargiulo Dartmouth Sr. DL Keron Williams Massachusetts Sr. LB Jermaine Walker Maine Sr. LB Zak DeOssie Brown Jr. LB Matt Thomas Harvard Jr. LB Serge Tikum Massachusetts Sr. DB Shannon James Massachusetts Sr. DB Jamie Gasparella Brown Sr. DB Corey Graham New Hampshire Jr. DB Jarrod Gomes Maine Sr. P Christian Koegel Massachusetts Jr.