Brian Daoust Named NESCAC Rookie of the Week

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Cornerback Brian Daoust (Dover, MA) was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Week for games through October 12, 1997. The freshman registered four tackles (3 solo) against the Mules and snagged an interception at the 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter to preserve the shutout. The Jeffs held Colby to 59 yards passing with an 8-for-23 completion rate with two picks.

The Jeffs have three shutouts so far this season. This ties the record for NESCAC league play, set in 1995 as both Amherst and Williams blanked three opponents, including each other in a scoreless tie in muddy Williamstown. As a unit, the defense holds a commanding statistical league on the NESCAC, allowing only 17 points in four games (4.3 ppg) and 666 total offensive yards (166.5 ypg). The Jeffs have held opponents to merely 196 yards rushing all season.

Teammate Devin Moriarty (Springfield, MA) also earned league recognition as the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week, along with Brian LaHaie (Silver Springs, MD) of Trinity. The senior tackle registered led the game with 12 tackles (5 solo) and leveled three of his team-leading seven sacks on the White Mules. Moriarty also blocked a punt to set up Amherst's fourth touchdown of the game.

This is the third time in the four-week season that an Amherst player has won defensive honors, as outside linebacker Jake Conca (Attleboro, MA) earned recognition against Hamilton in Week 1 and free safety Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY) gained both NESCAC and ECAC awards for his three-interception performance against Middlebury last week.

Amherst kicks off Little III play this weekend when the Jeffs host Wesleyan for a Homecoming showdown at 1:30pm at Pratt Field. Both teams enter the game with 4-0 records, as the Cardinals squeaked by Bates 17-14 on Sunday. Amherst leads the series 53-40-9 over Wesleyan and has won the last three straight.

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