New Hampshire Football Report

Knight wins Golden Helmet Award

BOSTON – University of New Hampshire quarterback Trevor Knight has been named the recipient of the 2017 New England Football Writers Division I Season Gold Helmet Award on Sunday.

The award is presented to the player in Division I – FBS and FCS combined – that is deemed to be the player of the year. Knight, a junior who played high school football at Nashua South, will be honored at the NEFW Captains and Awards banquet Dec. 5 at the Montvale Plaza (Stoneham, Mass.).

Knight helped lead UNH to a 14th consecutive appearance in the NCAA FCS National Championship tournament and into the second round with the Wildcats’ 14-0 win against Central Connecticut State University on Saturday at Wildcat Stadium.

Knight was named to the CAA Football Third Team Offense at the end of the regular season. During the year, he was recipient of the NEFW Gold Helmet on Nov. 8 and was also a two-time CAA Offensive Player of the Week – Sept. 25 and Nov. 6.

Knight is ranked in the Top 20 in six national statistics: No. 11 in passing yards (3,150), No. 12 in passing yards per game (262.5), No. 13 in completions per game (22.08), No. 15 in total offense (274.3 yards/game), No. 16 in passing TDs (24) and No. 19 in points responsible for (156).

On the CAA leaderboard, Knight is second in both passing yards/game and total offense/game, as well as third in passing efficiency.

In 12 games this season, Knight has completed 265 of 423 passes (62.6%) for 3,150 yards and 24 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. On UNH’s list of single-season superlatives, those numbers rank fourth in passing yards and completions and fifth in pass attempts.

Knight became just the fifth player in program history to eclipse 3,000 passing yards in a season during his 299-yard performance in the NCAA first round game; Ricky Santos did it three times (2004-05-06); Kevin Decker, Bob Jean and R.J. Toman each accomplished the feat once.

Knight completed 23 of 34 passes for a career-high 420 yards and three touchdowns against the University of Rhode Island on Sept. 23. He also topped 400 passing yards and recorded a season-high 206.58 passer efficiency rating at the College of William & Mary. In that Nov 4 game vs. the Tribe, Knight went 25 of 35 for 406 yards and a personal-best four TDs.

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