STEPHAN LEWIS NAMED ATLANTIC 10 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND WINS BILL KNIGHT AWARD AS MVP OF UMASS/UNH CONTEST: Sophomore tailback Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.) brought home the hardware this week after carrying the ball 35 times for a career-high 245 yards and scored three touchdowns in the huge 24-16 victory over No. 14 Massachusetts. As a result of his efforts, he was named the Atlantic 10 Football Conference's Offensive Player of the Week. He joined some impressive company when he was voted by the media to be the recipient of the Bill Knight Trophy, which is given to the MVP of the UMass/UNH football game. Lewis scored on touchdown runs of 6 and 24 yards and scored the game-winner on a six-yard shovel pass from junior quarterback Ryan Day (Manchester, N.H.). Lewis is among the Atlantic 10 league-leaders in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards.
LEWIS NEEDS 106 RUSHING YARDS VS. DELAWARE TO REACH 1,000 FOR THE SEASON: Sophomore tailback Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.) needs just 106 yards vs. Delaware on Nov. 4 to reach the 1,000-yard rushing plateau for the 2000 season. He presently has 191 carries for 894 yards, nine rushing touchdowns and he is averaging nearly five yards per carry (4.7). The 106 yards needed is slightly below his mark of 111.8 average rushing yards per contest.
TRUE FRESHMAN AMIR SAADAH EARNS ATLANTIC 10 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS: While the offense received much of the praise in the win over No. 14 UMass, the defense held a powerful Minuteman offense to just 16 points. Leading the way was true freshman linebacker Amir Saadah (Fair Lawn, N.J.), who hit double digits in tackles with 10. Saadah also recorded two tackles for a loss. He is presently UNH's fifth-leading tackler with 33 total and he is second on the squad in tackles for a loss with nine for 17 yards.