Courtesy of the CAA
RICHMOND, Va. - CAA Football announced its Player of the Week honorees, Monday, Oct. 18. Five individuals earned honors after showcasing superb efforts in contests played in Week 7 of the 2010 season, including Delaware’s Andrew Pierce, New Hampshire’s Matt Evans, Rhode Island’s Travis Hurd, Richmond’s Eric McBride and Villanova’s Chris Whitney.
CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week - Chris Whitney, QB, Villanova
Whitney earned CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week honors after leading Villanova to a 48-18 win on the road at Maine Saturday. The senior, who led a Wildcat offense to 559 yards of total offense, completed 20-of-25 passes for a career-high 322 yards and three touchdowns. The league’s preseason all-conference quarterback also rushed nine times for 37 yards and two touchdowns. Whitney’s monster day came largely in the first half when he completed 15-of-17 passes for 277 yards and all three of his passing touchdowns. The last Villanova quarterback to record a 300-yard passing game was Frank Jankowski in 2005 (363 yards at JMU, Nov. 12).
CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week - Matt Evans, LB, New Hampshire
Evans, the second-straight CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week from New Hampshire, helped the Wildcats go on the road to top James Madison 28-14. The sophomore was credited with a game-high 14 tackles as well as a sack for six yards and 2.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 10 yards. Evans helped get New Hampshire on the board when he scooped up a first-quarter fumble forced by Hugo Souza and ran it back 17 yards for a touchdown. Evans, CAA Football’s leader in tackles with 80 on the year, also forced a fumble for the second-straight week.
CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week - Eric McBride, LB, Richmond
Led by McBride, Richmond’s defense held Massachusetts to 222 yards below their season average, and upset the Minutemen in Amherst 11-10. McBride netted a team-high 11 tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 11 yards. The senior was also responsible for a sack-forced fumble when he blind-sided UMass QB Kyle Havens in the third quarter. McBride and the Spiders forced three turnovers and also held UMass to 78 yards passing, nearly 160 off its average entering the contest.
CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week - Travis Hurd, KR, Rhode Island
Hurd was named CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week after his kick return efforts in the Rams’ narrow 24-17 loss to Delaware Saturday. The freshman took a kickoff 75 yards to the endzone just before halftime which cut the Blue Hens’ lead to 24-14. On the day Hurd returned a total of three kicks for 98 yards, rushed the ball seven times for 20 yards and hauled in two catches for 36 yards. Hurd’s return for a touchdown was the Rams’ first since Brandon Johnson-Farrell took a kickoff back 72 yards against Towson in 2008.
CAA Football Rookie of the Week - Andrew Pierce, RB, Delaware
Pierce earned this week’s Rookie of the Week, his fifth of the season, after logging 131 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in the Blue Hens’ win over Rhode Island. The freshman, who has equalled former James Madison quarterback Rodney Landers and current Richmond defensive back Justin Rogers’ league record total of six weekly honors, reached the 10 touchdown mark and has gone over the 100-yard rushing mark in five of Delaware’s seven contests this season. Pierce’s 10 touchdowns are one shy of the Blue Hen single-season freshman scoring mark.