DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior University of New Hampshire tailback Dan Curran (Chelmsford, Mass.) was named the Atlantic 10 Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three rushing touchdowns in a 37-14 victory at the University of Rhode Island on Sept. 4.
Curran rushed for touchdowns of 1 yard, 18 yards and 63 yards on the day, which was a career-high for him. He also carried the ball 24 times for 173 yards, which also topped his career high of 127 yards recorded vs. East Stroudsburg last season.
It was also Curran's first career start at UNH, after having to wait in the wings for the NCAA Division I-AA all-time leading scorer, Jerry Azumah, who was also the winner of the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the country last season.
Curran is also known for his unusual off-season training methods. He has been seen actually pushing cars around the streets of Chelmsford, and he has also been observed running up steep hills with his brother riding on his back trying to knock him down before Dan can climb to the top.
Curran rushed for 1,650 yards (9.2 yards per carry) and scored 27 touchdowns during his senior year at Chelmsford High School. He also compiled 325 rushing yards, 450 all-purpose yards and scored six touchdowns in a single game at CHS.
Curran will have a chance to shine this weekend as the team travels to play defending national champion Massachusetts on Saturday, Sept. 11. The game, which starts at noon, will be carried live as the Atlantic 10 Football Game of the Week.