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 didnt 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 didnt.
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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