Standout Wes running back and all-around awesome guy Shea Dwyer ’10 (second from left) was recently named the Gold Helmet Award winner by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston after his 213-yard, five-TD game against Hamilton, a 35-21 Wes victory. This was his third regional award of the week, as he was also named NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week and ECAC Division III North Region Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts. Shea is the first Wesleyan player to win the Gold Helmet Award, which is awarded weekly to the top player in Division I and Divisions II and III, since Joe Pepe ’07 in 2006. His 213 rushing yards against Hamilton were also a school record–one that stood for exactly one week, as he racked up 255 yards on the ground in a 27-20 win at Colby yesterday, the Cards’ first win at Colby since 1998.
Shea now has eight TDs and 587 yards in just three games on the season, as he is the leading rusher in the NESCAC and, by our unofficial count, the entire country. No, not just Division III–the entire NCAA. (The latest NCAA statistics won’t become official until Wednesday, but Shea beat everyone who was ahead of or near him by at least 100 yards.) In the Cards’ season opener at Middlebury, he and Vince Miller ’12 became the first pair of Wesleyan RBs to each rush for 100 yards in a single game since the 1997 season opener. What’s next for Wesleyan? A visit to Bates, which is allowing 131 rushing yards per game, next weekend. (For the sake of comparison, Colby was allowing 133 rushing yards per game before Saturday’s contest.)
Video of the ceremony after the jump: