Nov. 21, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) has been selected as one of 16 finalists for the 2005 Walter Payton Award, it was announced today by the Sports Network. The Walter Payton Award is presented annually by the Sports Network to the top player in Division I-AA football, and will be awarded for the 19th time at the annual Division I-AA College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 15, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Ballots for the award must be returned by Wednesday, Nov. 23, and the three finalists who receive the most votes will be invited to attend the awards ceremony.
In 10 games played this season, Silva totaled 2,134 all-purpose yards, 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 currently leads in the nation in all-purpose yards, while ranking second in punt returns, 12th in scoring, 26th in kickoff returns, 34th in receptions and 35th in rushing yards. Silva also leads the Patriot League in all-purpose yards, receptions and punt returns, while standing second in scoring and kickoff returns, and third in rushing.
Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Silva has totaled 2,646 rushing yards on 615 carries, and 154 receptions for 1,190 yards. He has also scored 38 total touchdowns for 228 points during his collegiate career, while recording 5,153 all-purpose yards. Silva finishes his career ranked in the Holy Cross all-time top 10 in rushing touchdowns (second), all-purpose yards (second), total touchdowns scored (third), rushing carries (third), points scored (third), rushing yards (third) and receptions (fourth).
Holy Cross concluded the 2005 season with an overall record of 6-5, and a 3-3 mark in the Patriot League. The Crusaders posted a winning record for the first time since 2000, and only the second time since 1992.
2005 WALTER PAYTON AWARD FINALISTS
Jermaine Austin, FB, Georgia Southern
David Ball, WR, New Hampshire
Omar Cuff, RB, Delaware
Bruce Eugene, QB, Grambling State
Nick Hartigan, RB, Brown
Lex Hilliard, RB, Montana
Travis Lulay, QB, Montana State
Ingle Martin, QB, Furman
Erik Meyer, QB, Eastern Washington
Barrick Nealy, QB, Texas State
Laurent Robinson, WR, Illinois State
Joe Rubin, RB, Portland State
Joel Sambursky, QB, Southern Illinois
Ricky Santos, QB, New Hampshire
Steve Silva, RB, Holy Cross
Richie Williams, QB, Appalachian State