Ngai Otieno '09
Photo by Erik Andrews '09

Rookie tailback Eric NeSmith led the Jeffs with 76 yards rushing and a touchdown this weekend.

Amherst's NeSmith Named NESCAC Football Rookie of the Week

October 17, 2005

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College first-year tailback Eric NeSmith (Newark, NJ) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Football Rookie of the Week on Monday after racking up a career-high 76 yards rushing and his first collegiate touchdown in Saturday's decisive 28-9 victory at previously undefeated Colby College. His seven-yard touchdown plunge in the fourth quarter sealed the victory as the Jeffs improved to 3-1 on the season.

After his conversion from defensive back to tailback just prior to Amherst's third game of the season, NeSmith has relished the role, leading the Jeffs in rushing on Saturday and vaulting into fourth in rushing on the year for Amherst with 99 yards on 21 touches, good for 4.7 yards per carry. He also ranks fourth on the team in all-purpose yardage (40.0 ypg) and fifth in total offense (33.0 ypg).

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 1 p.m., hosting Little Three rival Wesleyan University for homecoming.