RICKY SANTOS NAMED ATLANTIC 10 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Throws Five TD Passes In 62-24 Win Over Towson

Ricky Santos

DURHAM, N.H.-- Redshirt freshman quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for a league-best fifth time this season after he threw five touchdown passes in UNH's 62-24 win over Towson University on Nov. 13.

Santos threw paydirt passes of 5, 27, 3, 10 and 34 yards, all in the first half as he led UNH to a 45-3 lead at the intermission before he was removed from the game by head coach Sean McDonnell and replaced by quarterbacks Mike Granieri and Hassan Noble. His five touchdown passes moved Santos into the UNH record books as he now owns the all-time mark for touchdown passes in a season for the Wildcats with an incredible 26 in 2004.

Santos has thrown five or more touchdowns passes three times this season, with five vs. Towson, five at Rutgers and a UNH all-time best six at Villanova.

Santos completed 12 of his 21 attempts for 166 yards, while he also ran six times for 38 yards and an average of 6.3 yards per carry.

Looking at his season statistics, Santos has completed 198 of 311 passes for 2,481 passing yards, while also averaging 248.1 passing yards per game. He has thrown only seven interceptions as compared to his 26 touchdowns and has completed an amazing 63.7 percent of his pass attempts.

One of only 16 players on the Walter Payton Award Watch, Santos could become the only freshman ever to win the Walter Payton Award in its 18 years of existence.

Santos will return to action on Sat., Nov. 20, at Maine. Game time is 1 p.m. at Alfond Stadium.

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