This release is courtesy of Springfield Sports Information.
Springfield College's Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) was honored as a recipient of the weekly New England Football Writers Association Gold Helmet Award presented by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation was named to the D3football.com National Team of the Week for the first time in his career and fourth quarterback in program history after an impressive performance last Saturday in leading the Pride to its second-straight Pynchon SAW Trophy.
The Gold Helmet Awards are presented each Wednesday afternoon at the weekly New England Football Writers Association Media Luncheon that take place at Harvard University's Dillon Field House. For the fourth-straight year, the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation is the presenting sponsor for both the weekly and end-of-year Gold Helmet Awards presented to student-athletes from FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III institutions throughout New England. Shade was selected as the top player in the region from both NCAA Division II and III institutions, while Boston College's Anthony Brown was recognized as the top performer at the Division I level.
Shade, a native of Pittsfield, Mass., put together an impressive performance in last Friday's 42-21 victory over Western New England. The Physical Education major rushed for 247 yards on 22 carries, averaging over 11 yards per rush, to go along with six rushing touchdowns. The junior led an offense that rushed for 445 yards on just 60 offensive plays, as the Pride averaged over seven yards a carry on the night. Shade became just the ninth student athlete in the past five years of Division III football to rush for at least six touchdowns, an occurrence that has happened just 11 times during that span. He currently leads Division III in total touchdowns, ranks fifth in rushing yards, and sixth in rushing yards per carry.
Springfield had a Gold Helmet Award selection last season when Jordan Wilcox was honored on September 13 after he helped power Springfield to a 28-8 non-conference victory over Kean University. In the win, Wilcox registered a career-best 223 yards on 27 carries, averaging 8.3 per carry, and rushed for a pair of touchdowns.