CAMBRIDGE, MASS - Senior linebacker and co-captain Brett Bashaw (Newburyport, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named the recipient of the prestigious Coca-Cola Gold Helmet Award at the weekly New England College Football Writers Luncheon held on the Harvard University campus Wednesday afternoon.
Bashaw, who had a career-high 20 tackles on the afternoon in UNH's 13-12 victory over Rhode Island on Sept. 9, made the play of the day for the Wildcats. Bashaw stripped the football loose and caused a fumble that was recovered by teammate Frankie Smith with 2:42 to play in the fourth quarter and the score at 13-12 in favor of UNH. The offense then marched downfield for two first downs to run out the clock and ice the game for New Hampshire.
Bashaw's 20 tackles in the contest were not only just a career-high, but also the most tackles by an individual UNH player since UNH battled UMass back in 1986. In addition to his tackles, Bashaw also recovered one fumble and notched a tackle for a loss of five yards in the contest.
After recording a previous career-high of 13 tackles in UNH's season-opening victory over Hampton, Bashaw leads the squad in total tackles with 33 and leads the Atlantic 10 Football Conference in tackles as well. The next closest player in terms of total tackles is linebacker Derrick Lloyd of James Madison with a total of 21.
As a result of his efforts during the first two weeks of play for UNH, Bashaw has earned two consecutive Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Bashaw will return to action this week vs. Atlantic 10 rival Northeastern on Saturday, Sept. 16. Game time is 12 p.m. at Cowell Stadium in Durham.
As a team, UNH is undefeated at 2-0 and has been edging closer to the top 25 in the Division I-AA football polls.