Monday, November 8, 2010

University of Albany's Dillon Romain Selected Northeast Conference Football Rookie of the Week - UAlbany Sports 2010

Somerset, N.J. - University at Albany's Dillon Romain has been chosen Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week in football, as announced by the conference office on Monday, Nov. 8. The freshman tailback earned the weekly award for the second time this season.

Romain recorded career-highs in rushing yards (101) and all-purpose yards (152) in last Saturday's 35-23 conference win over Sacred Heart. The Great Danes snapped a three-game skid with their third road win of the season. He scored on a pair of touchdown runs, including a 7-yarder that tied the contest at seven apiece just before halftime. Romain added a 20-yard dash over the right side to provide his team with a 21-7 advantage with 6:44 left in the third quarter. A native of Vernon, N.J., Romain had a 28-yard kickoff return to midfield that led to an early fourth-quarter touchdown and caught two passes for 23 yards.

Romain, who attended Blair Academy and was the 2008 New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year at Don Bosco Prep, scored on two touchdown runs for the second time this year. He is just the second UAlbany freshman to accomplish that feat in the program's Division I FCS era and the first since the 2000 campaign.

Paw Prints: UAlbany (4-5, NEC 2-4) play its final two games at home against Wagner (Nov. 13) and Monmouth (Nov. 13) after being on the road for seven of the opening nine contests ... Bob Ford has moved into a tie for fifth among the winningest FCS coaches all-time with his 245th career victory ... defensive end Mike Kelly provided the game-winning play on a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:22 remaining ... Kelly's return was the 13th longest in program history ... OLB Chris Blais was involved in two second-quarter interceptions ... the senior picked off quarterback Dale Fink with 9:10 left in the period and then tipped a pass on the blitz that led to safety Jake Ciccarello's interception ... tailback Andrew Smith rushed for two touchdowns for the second time in his career ... Smith ran for 97 yards on 15 carries and had 100-plus all-purpose yards (118) for the seventh time as a collegian.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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