Nov. 24, 2004
WORCESTER, Mass. - Three members of the Holy Cross football team have earned All-Patriot League honors, it was announced by the conference office. Junior offensive lineman David Cannon (Export, Pa.), sophomore placekicker Mike DeSantis (Belle Mead, N.J.) and senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) were all named second team All-Patriot League.
Cannon started all 11 games for the Crusaders at center this season. He led an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to rush for 127.6 yards per game this season, while supplying pass protection for the Crusaders to throw for 207.3 yards per contest. Dating back to the 2003 season, Cannon has now started 21 consecutive games at center for Holy Cross.
DeSantis ranked second on the team in scoring with 50 points during the 2003 season. He hit on seven of 10 field goal attempts, in addition to connecting on 29 of 30 extra point tries. Dating back to last year, he tied a school record with a string of nine straight field goals made, in addition to posting a streak of 40 consecutive extra points made (the second longest streak in school history). DeSantis kicked a career-long 41-yard field goal during the Crusaders' victory over Dartmouth on Oct. 16, and has now scored 104 points (14 of 20 field goals, 62 of 70 extra points) during his Holy Cross career.
Silva led the Crusader offense with 708 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 161 carries, in addition to catching a team-best 60 passes for 507 yards and another score. He became the first Holy Cross player since Gordie Lockbaum in 1986 to lead Holy Cross in both rushing yards and receptions. Silva also led the team in scoring with 66 points, and posted a Patriot League-best 1,663 all-purpose yards on the season. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Silva totaled 1,733 rushing yards on 426 carries, 100 reception for 826 yards, 23 total touchdowns and 3,019 all-purpose yards.
Holy Cross concluded the 2004 season with an overall record of 3-8 and a 1-5 mark in Patriot League games.
For a complete list of 2004 Patriot League award winners in PDF format, click here.