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Stepinac Grad Racks Up College Football Awards

Rashaad Slowley did not attach numbers to his football goals for his senior year at running back for Southern Connecticut State University.

“I just wanted to be productive game in and game out,” said Slowley, a Stepinac graduate and Mount Vernon resident.

Slowley was more than just productive as he produced one of the finest seasons for an Owls’ running back. As a result, Slowley earned numerous awards.

Slowley, who rushed for 1.584 yards and single-season record 29 touchdowns in 10 games – the Owls finished, 7-3), was selected as the Northeast-10 Conference Most Valuable Player. Slowley was also named to the Division II/III all-New England squad, as selected by the New England Football Writers Association and the all-Region first team by Daktronics.

He is also a finalist for the 2011 Harlon Hill Award, presented annually to the Division II College Football Player of the Year.

“I really didn’t have any touchdowns or rushing yards goal,” said Slowley, who also set a single-game program mark with six touchdowns. “I just told myself that I needed to get into the end zone when I was in the red zone or near the goal line. Also, I did not want to give up a sack the whole year, which I didn’t.”

Along with 1,584 yards, Slowley averaged 158.4 yards rushing per game, which placed him sixth nationally in all three divisions. Slowley, who averaged 5.8 yards-per-carry, was second in Division II in scoring and third in rushing yards-per-game.

His outstanding season has finally hit Slowley, which is something opposing defenses had difficulty doing.

“I am just realizing now what a good year I had, now that I see what other players all over the country are doing,” said Slowly, a communications major. “Receiving these awards means that I am one of the best in our conference and in the country. I play to be the best I can be. This means a lot to me.”

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