WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) named its players of the week for Oct. 8 and Gallaudet University freshman quarterback Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) earned his second straight Rookie of the Week award after an offensive explosion last Saturday in a 44-14 thrashing of Husson University on the road.
The freshman sensation rushed 21 times for 179 yards and had four rushing touchdowns in just over three quarters of play as he came out of the game midway through the fourth quarter with the game well in hand. Bonheyo scored on touchdown runs from 43, 41, 8, and 1-yard out. He also finished 5-of-12 through the air and connected with junior running back Nick Elstad (Colorado Springs, Colo.) for a 4-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter.
Bonheyo was also a candidate for the ECFC Offensive Player of the Week award, which ultimately went to Castleton State College quarterback Shane Brozowski. Brozowski finished with 499 yards on 33-of-47 passing with five touchdown passes. Senior linebacker Keith Barnes of Maritime (N.Y.) earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after racking up 12 tackles in the Privateers' 33-7 victory over Becker College on Saturday afternoon. Maritime punter Duke Alvora was the ECFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
The Rookie of the Week award is Bonheyo's second straight, as he won it for the first time in his career after last week's 52-24 win over Anna Maria College. Over the past two games, he has amassed 348 rushing yards, 223 passing yards and nine touchdowns.
This is the sixth ECFC Player of the Week award for the Bison as previous award winners include Bonheyo (Rookie) and Elstad (Special Teams) on Oct. 1, senior defensive end Jared Pearce (Reno, Nev.) and senior cornerback Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) were honored on Sept. 24 while freshman running back BJ Flores (Raymondville, Texas) was picked on Sept. 10.
GU is halfway through its regular-season but now turns its attention to the meat of its schedule that features the top teams in the conference. The Bison will host defending ECFC champion Norwich University on Saturday, Oct. 13, at noon and aim for their first win over the Cadets since the two teams joined the ECFC four years ago. All of Gallaudet's losses to the Cadets have been by eight or less points.