Courtesy of the CAA
- CAA Football announced its Player of the Week honorees, Monday, Nov. 8. Four individuals earned honors after showcasing superb efforts in contests played in Week 10 of the 2010 season, including Delaware’s Andrew Pierce, Massachusetts’ Tyler Holmes and Rhode Island’s Willie McGinnis and Steve Probst.
CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week - Steve Probst, QB, Rhode Island
Probst won CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after leading Rhode Island to a 17-14 upset-win over Villanova Saturday at home. The junior completed 14-of-21 passes for 107 yards and rushed 18 times for 101 yards in the win. Probst, who ranks third in the league averaging 213 yards of total offense a contest, became the first player to rush for 100 yards against Villanova’s defense in 24 games (2008). The Rams’ win over Villanova was just the third in the all-time series and first since Oct. 22, 2005. Rhode Island has now beaten two Top-10 teams in the same season for the first time since 2001.
CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week - Tyler Holmes, LB, Massachusetts
Holmes garnered his second-straight and third CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honor this season thanks to two interception returns for touchdowns in the Minutemen’s 39-24 win over Maine at home. The junior became the third player in league history to record two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the same game, and the first since Towson’s Allante Harrison did it against Elon in 2004 (Maine’s Bill Curry vs. Liberty, 10/10/1992). Not only was Holmes’s interception feat a league record, but he was also the first player in major college football this season to turn in such an effort. Only 22 other FCS-level players have hauled in two interceptions and took them back for six in the same game, the last being Southeast Missouri State’s Kellin White in 2004.
CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week - Willie McGinnis, DL, Rhode Island
McGinnis provided Rhode Island’s second defensive touchdown of the day in the Rams’ 17-14 win over Villanova Saturday, enroute to his first-ever CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week honor. The junior finished the day with three tackles including a sack for four yards, but his biggest impact on the game came with just over two minutes left in the contest. The defensive lineman broke through on a Villanova punt attempt from deep inside the Wildcats’ redzone for the block. McGinnis, who is among the league’s defensive linemen tackling leaders, fell on the loose ball in the endzone for the score which gave Rhode Island a 17-7 edge. The block and touchdown were both career firsts for McGinnis.
CAA Football Rookie of the Week - Andrew Pierce, RB, Delaware
Pierce can be considered a regular on the league’s Rookie of the Week list as he has now won it six times in 10 weeks. The running back helped the Blue Hens top Towson Saturday, 48-0, at Delaware Stadium. Pierce, the league’s first 1,000-yard back of the season, carried it 16 times for 79 yards and two scores. He also hauled in four catches for 11 yards. The frosh is the first UD running back to ever eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark, and the fastest Blue Hen to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a season (nine game). Pierce is now the Delaware all-time leader in freshman rushing touchdowns upping his total to 12 against Towson.