All-American Steve Silva

Holy Cross Athletics
Steve Silva

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Silva's Bio Entering 2005
2005 Holy Cross Stats
2005 Patriot League Stats
2005 NCAA Stats

Senior • Tailback/Kick Returner
6'0" • 215 pounds
East Providence, Rhode Island
East Providence High School

2005 Season Highlights

  • Earned first team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association and the Sports Network, while being a second team All-America selection by the Associated Press.
  • Placed 13th in the voting for the 2005 Walter Payton Award, presented annually by the Sports Network to the top player in Division I-AA football.
  • Chosen as the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Year, in addition to earning first team All-Patriot League honors.
  • Becomes the first Crusader to earn Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Year honors, the first Holy Cross player since Tom Ciaccio in 1990 to be named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, and the first player in league history to take home both honors.
  • Selected to the All-Star team, the New England Football Writers Division I-AA All-Star team, and the ECAC Division I-AA All-Star team.
  • Named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week twice this season, while earning Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week three times.
  • Totaled 2,134 all-purpose yards in 10 games 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • The first player in school history with touchdowns on a pass, a catch, a rush, a kickoff return and a punt return.
  • Set career highs with 201 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in the victory over Bucknell.
  • Named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week following the Bucknell game.
  • Totaled 216 all-purpose yards in the Lafayette game, including 103 rushing yards on 23 carries.
  • Missed the game at Fordham due to injury.
  • Had a career-high 10 receptions for 63 yards against Colgate, while totaling 178 all-purpose yards.
  • Named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week after setting school single-game records with 353 all-purpose yards and 167 punt return yards in the win over Dartmouth, while his 87-yard punt return for a score was the longest in school history.
  • Had 152 all-purpose yards in the victory at No. 10 Lehigh, with a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown.
  • Named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week following his performance at Lehigh.
  • Totaled 250 all-purpose yards at Yale, with an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to seal the victory.
  • Named Sports Network National Special Teams Player of the Week and Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week following the Yale game.
  • Recorded 238 all-purpose yards at No. 6 Delaware, including 106 rushing yards and a score on 24 carries.
  • Rushed for 110 yards and a score on 20 carries and caught eight passes for 61 yards against Georgetown, and received the Boston Globe Gold Helmet as the New England Player of the Week and the Johnny Turco Memorial Award as the MVP of Holy Cross' Homecoming Game.
  • Accounted for 179 total yards and six touchdowns in the victory over Sacred Heart, and earned Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors.
  • Became the first player in Holy Cross history to rush for a touchdown, throw for a touchdown and catch a touchdown pass in the same game against Sacred Heart (three rushing, two passing, one receiving). Also set career highs with three rushing touchdowns and four touchdowns scored against Sacred Heart, while his six total touchdowns (including two passing) tied for the second-highest single game total in school history.
  • Earned preseason All-Patriot League honors from, and was ranked as the 19th-best running back in the nation by The Sports Network.

    Career Highlights

  • Now in his second season as a team captain for Holy Cross, as a fifth-year senior in 2005.
  • Over the course of his career as a Crusader, totaled 2,646 rushing yards on 615 carries, and 154 receptions for 1,190 yards.
  • Has also scored 38 total touchdowns for 228 points during his collegiate career, while recording 5,153 all-purpose yards.
  • Ranks in the Holy Cross all-time top 10 in career rushing touchdowns (second), all-purpose yards (second), total touchdowns scored (third), rushing carries (third), points scored (third), rushing yards (third) and receptions (fourth).
  • The first player in school history to record 2,000 career rushing yards and 1,000 career receiving yards.
  • A first team All-America and second team All-Atlantic Region selection by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette in 2004.
  • Earned second team All-Patriot League honors in voting by the conference's head coaches in 2004.
  • Named the 2004 Crusader Most Valuable Player and WTAG Offensive Player of the Year, while the Davitt Award as the team's top offensive back.
  • Led the squad with 708 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 161 carries in 2004, while catching a team-best 60 passes for 507 yards and a score.
  • Also led the team in scoring (66 points), and posted a Patriot League-best 1,663 all-purpose yards in 2004.
  • During the 2004 season, became the first Holy Cross player since Gordie Lockbaum (1986) to lead Holy Cross in both rushing yards and receptions.
  • Ranked 17th in the nation and third in the Patriot League with an average of 25.9 yards per kickoff return in 2004.
  • Led the team in carries (194), rushing yards (701) and touchdowns (10) during the 2003 season, while catching 30 passes for 241 yards.
  • Ranked ninth in the Patriot League in rushing during the 2003 campaign, and tied for the team lead in scoring (60 points).
  • Rushed for a career-high 147 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries in the 2003 win over Georgetown.
  • Missed the majority of the 2002 season due to injury, and received a medical redshirt.
  • Carried 25 times for 97 yards to lead the Crusaders to an upset win over Division I-A Army in the 2002 season opener.
  • Played in seven games during the 2001 season, notching 35 carries for 200 yards, and leading the Crusaders in yards per carry (5.7).

    Silva's Career Statistics


    Year Att Yards Avg TD Long
    2001 35 200 5.7 1 18
    2002 36 124 3.4 1 15
    2003 194 701 3.6 10 21
    2004 161 708 4.4 10 41
    2005 189 913 4.8 11 25
    Career 615 2646 4.3 33 41




    No Yards Avg TD Long
    6 44 7.3 0 13
    4 34 8.5 0 14
    30 241 8.0 0 29
    60 507 8.4 1 35
    54 364 6.7 1 29
    154 1190 7.7 2 35




    Plays Yards TD
    41 244 1
    40 158 1
    207 954 10
    241 1663 11
    284 2134 15
    813 5153 38



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