Dec. 27, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) has received two more honors following his outstanding season for the Crusaders in 2005. Silva was named to both the I-AA.org All-Star first team as a punt returner, while being chosen to the ECAC All-Star first team as a return specialist.
Silva was previously selected as a first team All-American by both the Sports Network and the American Football Coaches Association, and a second team All-American by the Associated Press, while placing 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.
To view the I-AA.org All-Star team, click here.
To view the ECAC All-Star team, click here.