Dec. 28, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) has been named the National Special Teams Player of the Year by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette. The Football Gazette also named Silva a first team All-American as an all-purpose back for the second straight season, in addition to selecting him as a third team All-American as a kickoff returner.
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.
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.
For a complete list of the 2005 Division I-AA All-America team from Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette, click here.