BOSTON, MASS-Sophomore quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named the 67th recipient of the "Bulger" Lowe Award, which is given annually to the top offensive and defensive player in New England.
Santos, the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year and a top-three finalist for the Walter Payton Award, completed 301 passes for 3,797 yards and a UNH-record 39 passing touchdowns, while also rushing for 505 yards and eight TDs. After just two seasons he is already UNH's all-time leader in touchdown passes with 70. One of the most amazing statistics of the season for Santos was his UNH record 70.2 pass completion percentage in 2005. He also led the Atlantic 10 in passing efficiency (170.3) and total offense (330.9 ypg.).
Santos led the Wildcats to their first Atlantic 10 Conference title since 1994 and helped UNH post an 11-2 overall record, the 11 victories being the most ever by any UNH team. UNH also rode the strong arm of Santos to the NCAA I-AA Playoff quarterfinals for the second consecutive season.
Santos has already earned numerous other honors, including being named the Season Gold Helmet winner by the New England Football Writers and was selected first-team All-New England. He was also a five-time pick as the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week and won the weekly "Boston Globe" Gold Helmet three times in 2005.
The "Bulger" Lowe Award is the United State's oldest college football honor except for the Heisman Trophy and recognizes the top players in New England. The award was established in 1939.
The winner of the defensive "Bulger Lowe Award was Boston College defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka.