Senior Steve Silva Named To 2005 AFCA All-America Team

Dec. 14, 2005

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) has been named to the 2005 American Football Coaches Association Division I-AA All-America team. Silva, who was selected to the squad as a return specialist, becomes the first Crusader to earn All-America honors from the AFCA since linebacker Rob Milanette was honored in 1993.

Silva was previously selected as a first team All-American by the Sports Network, and placed 13th in the voting for the 2005 Walter Payton Award, which is presented annually to the top player in Division I-AA. He was also named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Year, in addition to being a first team All-Patriot League and first team All-New England selection.

Silva 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. He 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. Silva 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 American Football Coaches Association Division I-AA All-America Team

Pos. Name                Ht.  Wt.  Cl.  School              Coach           Hometown
WR   David Ball          6-3  185  Jr.  New Hampshire       Sean McDonnell  Orange, Vt.
WR   Laurent Robinson    6-2  193  Jr.  Illinois St.        Denver Johnson  Rockledge, Fla.
TE   Corey Roberts       6-5  237  Sr.  Sam Houston St.     Todd Whitten    Carthage, Tex.
OL   Willie Colon        6-3  315  Sr.  Hofstra             Joe Gardi       Bronx, N.Y.
OL   Kevin Boothe        6-4  327  Sr.  Cornell             Jim Knowles     Plantation, Fla.
OL   Stafford Davis      6-2  302  Sr.  Illinois St.        Denver Johnson  Orange Park, Fla.
OL   Paul McQuistan      6-6  315  Sr.  Weber St.           Ron McBride     Lebanon, Ore.
OL   Erik Losey          6-2  290  Sr.  Western Kentucky    David Elson     Hixson, Tenn.
QB   Bruce Eugene        6-1  260  Sr.  Grambling St.       Melvin Spears   New Orleans, La.
RB   Nick Hartigan       6-2  220  Sr.  Brown               Phil Estes      Fairfax Station, Va.
RB   Arkee Whitlock      5-9  200  Jr.  Southern Illinois   Jerry Kill      Rock Hill, S.C.

Pos. Name                Ht.  Wt.  Cl.  School              Coach           Hometown
DL   Michael Ononibaku   6-1  235  Sr.  Georgetown          Bob Benson      Amherst, Mass.
DL   Katon Bethay        6-2  285  Sr.  Wofford             Mike Ayers      Milton, Wis.
DL   Chris Gocong        6-3  265  Sr.  Cal Poly            Rich Ellerson   Santa Barbara, Calif.
DL   Fred Evans          6-5  307  Sr.  Texas St.           David Bailiff   Chicago, Ill.
LB   Brian Hulea         6-1  235  Sr.  Villanova           Andy Talley     Canfield, Ohio
LB   Jared Nepa          6-1  229  Sr.  Colgate             Dick Biddle     Carbondale, Pa.
LB   William Freeman     6-3  235  Sr.  Furman              Bobby Lamb      Swansea, S.C.
LB   Clint Sellers       6-1  220  Jr.  Eastern Illinois    Bob Spoo        Chariton, Iowa
DB   Shannon James      5-10  196  Sr.  Massachusetts       Don Brown       Stratford, Conn.
DB   Cortland Finnegan  5-11  195  Sr.  Samford             Bill Gray       Milton, Fla.
DB   Reed Doughty        6-1  210  Sr.  Northern Colorado   Kay Dalton      Johnstown, Colo.

Pos. Name                Ht.  Wt.  Cl.  School              Coach           Hometown
P    David Simonhoff     6-2  200  Jr.  Southeast Missouri  Tim Billings    Miami, Fla.
PK   Andrew Paterini     6-0  195  Jr.  Hampton             Joe Taylor      Gladstone, Mo.
RS   Steve Silva         6-0  215  Sr.  Holy Cross          Tom Gilmore     East Providence, R.I.