CAMBRIDGE - Tufts junior running back Chance Brady was awarded the Division II-III New England Football Writers' Association Gold Helmet, sponsored by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation, after posting a career-best day on the gridiron last Saturday.
Brady was presented the awardy today at the New England Football Writers' weekly luncheon hosted by Harvard University.
Last Saturday at Colby College, Brady powered the Jumbos to a 28-10 victory by rushing for 212 yards and two touchdowns while adding another 49 yards on two receptions. His 261 total yards helped head coach Jay Civetti's Jumbos secure Tufts' first winning season since 2007. The team is 5-2 heading into its season-finale on Saturday against Middlebury.
Brady’s first score came within the opening quarter from 35 yards out and he later scampered for a 49-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give Tufts a 14-0 edge. The Haverhill, Mass. native finished with 176 yards in the first half en route to recording the first 200-yard game by a Jumbo since 2001, while running his total touchdown count to 11 on the season, two scores shy of the program record.
This is the first Gold Helmet earned by a Jumbo since quarterback Anthony Fucillo was honored on November 2, 2010 after passing for 503 yards against Amherst. Other recent Jumbos to win Gold Helmets include running back Will Forde in 2008, defensive back Andy Henke in 2007 and running back Tim Mack in 2003.
NESCAC's leading rusher with 837 yards, Brady also leads the conference in scoring with his 66 points.
Portions of press release courtesy of Harvard University