Daoust Tabbed NESCAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week|
November 14, 2000
AMHERST, Mass. - After leading Amherst College to arguably its biggest football victory in 14 years, a 20-12 homecoming win over archrival Williams College on Saturday, Nov. 11, senior defensive back and Tri-captain Brian Daoust (Dover, MA) earned New England Small College Athletic Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors, capping a stellar four-year career in the Jeffs' defensive secondary.
Daoust had three interceptions, five tackles and a pass-breakup against Williams as Amherst topped the Ephs for the first time since 1986, earning its first outright Little Three Title (decided annually between Amherst, Williams and Wesleyan) in 14 years and clinching a share of the NESCAC Championship with a 7-1 record.
With Amherst leading by eight points in the fourth quarter and the game far from over (Amherst held fourth-quarter leads in three of the last four meetings between the two teams - all Williams wins), Daoust, who had already picked off passes in the second and third quarters, came up with one more pick on the Ephs' first play of a potential game-tying drive, outleaping Williams wide receiver Collin Vataha at midfield to seal Amherst's biggest win in nearly two decades.
"I'm pretty speechless," an exhausted Daoust told Daily Hampshire Gazette staff writer Andy Walter after the game. "You work for so long for something, and you finally get it. It's a feeling like no other."
Daoust is Amherst's fifth and final NESCAC Player of the Week recipient after wide receiver Derrell Wright (Hudson, OH), defensive lineman Pat McGee (Marshfield, MA), free safety David Frankel (New York, NY) and running back Okey Ugwonali (Dallas, TX) all won the award in previous weeks.
Daoust, who also captains the Amherst men's basketball team, finished his career with 16 interceptions in four seasons as a starter.