Eric NeSmith '09
Photo by Charlie Quigg '09

NeSmith ranks seventh in the NESCAC with 62.6 yards per game.

Amherst's NeSmith Repeats as NESCAC Rookie of the Week

October 31, 2005

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College first-year tailback Eric NeSmith (Newark, NJ/Hill School) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Football Rookie of the Week on Monday for the second time in three weeks after pacing the Jeff rushing attack with 92 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in a 37-6 win at Tufts University on Saturday.

NeSmith has led Amherst in rushing for three straight weeks, racking up season totals of 313 yards and three touchdowns on just 46 touches, good for a conference-best 6.8 yards per carry average. He has found the end zone in three consecutive games as well and ranks seventh in the NESCAC in yards per game (62.6). His breakaway speed has made him an immediate threat in the conference as he's broken touchdown runs of 78- and 48-yards in his last two outings. He set a career-high against Wesleyan, carrying the ball 11 times for 122 yards.

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 12:30 p.m., hosting undefeated Trinity College.