Oct. 26, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman Rick Mancuso Freshman earned arguably the region's top weekly honor in football after being selected as the Boston Globe Gold Helmet recipient following the Engineers' triumphant victory over Nichols College in Steinbrenner Stadium. He earned additional hardware for his record-breaking performance, including a mention as a Division III National Player of the Week by the Football Gazette as well as NEFC and ECAC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Playing in the final home game of the regular season, Mancuso threw for an Institute-record 387 yards and four touchdowns to lead MIT past Nichols College, 34-21. Mancuso, who finished 25-of-43 with no interceptions, threw three of his touchdown passes in the first half and spread the ball to six different receivers.
Mancuso's Gold Helmet selection is just the third in program history and the first in 10 years. Running back Jose DeLeon last captured the honor in 1995, while Shane LaHousse accepted the award after leading MIT past Stonehill College in its inaugural varsity game to open the 1988 season.