Dec. 27, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Four members of the Holy Cross football team have been named All-Northeast Region by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette. Senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) was chosen as the Region Special Teams Player of the Year, in addition to being selected first team All-Region as a kick returner and an all-purpose back, and third team All-Region as a running back. Senior center David Cannon (Export, Pa.), senior tight end Luke Dugan (Maple Plain, Minn.) and junior offensive guard Andrew Schoepfer (Waterford, Conn.) joined Silva on the All-Region third team.
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, All-New England and All-ECAC 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.
Cannon was named first team All-Patriot League and first team All-New England, after being a second team all-conference selection in 2004. He started all 11 games for the Crusaders at center this season, leading an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to rush for 127.6 yards per game, while supplying pass protection for the Crusaders to throw for 202.2 yards per contest. Dating back to the 2003 season, Cannon started the final 32 games of his Holy Cross career at center.
Dugan was a first team All-Patriot League selection, after finishing the 2004 campaign with 28 receptions for 373 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He easily led all Patriot League tight ends in receiving this season, as no one else in the league had more than 18 catches or 163 receiving yards. He also developed into a key blocker along the offensive line which allowed Holy Cross to average 28.8 points and 329.8 total yards per game. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Dugan totaled 45 receptions for 575 yards and five touchdowns.
Schoepfer was named second team All-Patriot League, after starting all 11 games for the Crusaders at right guard this season, as part an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to rush for 127.6 yards per game, while supplying pass protection for the Crusaders to throw for 202.2 yards per contest. He has now started 22 consecutive games for Holy Cross on the offensive line, and has started a total of 24 contests during his career as a Crusader.
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.
For a complete list of the All-Northeast Region teams from Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette, click here.