CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Joey Orlando (Bethlehem, Pa.), a junior wide receiver on the No. 11/12 University of New Hampshire football team, was announced as the New England Football Writers' Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award recipient Wednesday afternoon at the Dillon Field House on the campus of Harvard University.
It marked the fourth award of the week for Orlando, who was previously feted as the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week as well as a College Sporting News All-Star in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision and the CFPA National Punt Return Performer of the Week.
Orlando scored a career-high three touchdowns in the Wildcats' 48-41 overtime victory at Lehigh on Sept. 10. Playing in his hometown, Orlando nabbed the 25-yard game-winning reception on the first play of overtime, amassed a personal-best 166 receiving yards on 10 catches, which matched a career high, registered a 17-yard TD reception in the second quarter that put him over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for his career and returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. It was the first punt return for a score by a Wildcat since now-Chicago Bear Corey Graham's 51-yarder against Stony Brook on Sept. 16, 2006.
Through two games, Orlando leads the CAA in catches (16), receptions per game (8.0), receiving yards per game (107.5) and is tied for second in scoring (9.0 points per game). Nationally, he is ranked eighth in receptions per game and 15th in receiving yards per game.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 24 (3:30 p.m.) at No. 6/9 Richmond at Robins Stadium. UNH's first home game at Cowell Stadium is slated for Saturday, Oct. 1, against Holy Cross at 12 p.m. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, x 5.