CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.) of the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team was awarded the New England Football Writers' Gridiron Club of Boston Gold Helmet Award for the week of Nov. 5.
Tuesday's announcement on the campus of Harvard University came on the heels of Steriti's performance in the Wildcats' 28-25 Saturday victory against William & Mary at Cowell Stadium.
The sophomore carried the football 19 times for 106 yards and scored touchdowns on individual rushes of 18 yards in the second quarter and 19 yards in the fourth quarter. Both rushing scores put New Hampshire ahead, with the latter proving to be the game-winning TD in the Wildcats' first triumph against the Tribe since 1998.
This marks the first career Gold Helmet for Steriti, who previously was recognized as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts (11 carries-126 yards, two rushing TDs, receiving TD) in an Oct. 6 victory at Georgia State and as the College Football Performance Awards National RB of the Week Honorable Mention after gaining a career-high 201 rushing yards on 21 attempts with two touchdowns in a loss at No. 5 Old Dominion on Sept. 22.
Steriti, who also was feted as this week's College Sports Madness CAA Offensive Player of the Week, is ranked seventh in the CAA with 807 rushing yards on 117 carries (80.7 yards/game), and he paces the league with an average of 6.9 yards/rush. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound running back has notched a team-leading 10 TDs and has five 100-yard rushing games under his belt this season.
Sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) also won a Gold Helmet Award for the Wildcats for the week of Sept. 5 for his season-opening performance (12 catches-102 yards, TD) in an Aug. 30 win at Holy Cross.
No. 10 UNH (8-2, 6-1 CAA) has a bye this weekend before welcoming in No. 17 Towson (5-4, 4-2) for Senior Day at Cowell Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 17. Kickoff is at 12 p.m., and the game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet New England. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.