Earns Honor A League-Best Fourth Time

Ricky Santos

PHILADELPHIA-- University of New Hampshire redshirt freshman quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for a conference-best fourth time this season following his outstanding efforts in UNH's come-from-behind 33-27 football victory over Hofstra on Oct. 23 at Cowell Stadium.

Santos, who started and played the entire contest, completed 22-38 passes for 262 yards and passed for three TDs, including the key 14-yard pass to sophomore Aaron Brown that pulled UNH to within two points (27-25) with just 5:25 to play in the game. Santos then engineered the winning drive that ended with a one-yard dive by junior John McCoy. Santos threw touchdown passes of 53 yards to McCoy, 28 yards to David Bailey and 14 yards to Brown.

Santos now has an amazing 20 touchdown passes this season and is just four touchdowns away from breaking the all-time UNH record for touchdowns in a season with four regular season games remaining. That mark is held by Matt Griffin and present senior QB Mike Granieri, each with 23 passing touchdowns. Granieri accomplished that feat in 2003 and Griffin did it in 1991.

Santos, who is listed as one of the top 16 candidates to win the Walter Payton Award by The Sports Network, has completed 160 of 247 passes for 1,906 yards and is averaging 272.3 passing yards per game. He has also rushed 62 times for 132 yards.

Looking at the national numbers, Santos is ranked 11th in I-AA in passing efficiency with a mark of 151.46, He is also seventh in the nation in total offense (291.14).

In other news from Sunday, the Atlantic 10 Football Conference was ranked No. 1 among the Division I-AA leagues by Jeff Sagarin. The Atlantic 10 posted a 60.80 mark, followed by The Great West (57.31), The Big Sky (55.48) and The Southland (55.48). It marked the first time in conference history that the Atlantic 10 was ranked higher than the I-A Mid-American and Sun Belt Conferences in the Sagarin conference rankings. There are 15 I-AA conferences rated.

Santos will return to action this coming Saturday (Oct. 30) in his home state when the Wildcats travel to play Northeastern University in Brookline, Mass. Game time is 12:30 p.m. at Parsons Field.

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