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
Offense 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.
Defense 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.
Specialists 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.