|Gold Helmet recipient Greg Holt (right) with Tufts head coach Jay Civetti|
CAMBRIDGE - Tufts University junior tri-captain and linebacker Greg Holt 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, following his efforts in the Jumbos' 28-21 victory over Williams College last Saturday.
Holt was presented the award today at the New England Football Writers' weekly luncheon hosted by Harvard University.
Also named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Defensive Player of the Week, Holt finished the game with 13 tackles (nine solo stops), including two for losses, a forced fumble that led to a touchdown and two huge stops during a goal line stand with Tufts leading in the fourth quarter.
Both the Jumbos and the Ephs entered the game tied for second place in the league with 4-1 records. Holt's forced fumble was recovered at the Williams 13-yard line and Tufts scored the eventual game-winning touchdown on the next play (9:51 of the 3rd). Early in the fourth quarter, Williams had a first down at the Tufts 4, including three plays from the 1-yard line. Holt had two tackles as the Jumbos kept the Ephs out of the end zone.
The Tufts defense shut out the Ephs in the second half as the Jumbos improved to 5-1, securing their fourth consecutive winning season. This is the first time since 1988-91 that the Jumbos have posted four straight winning records. It was also the fifth straight win over Williams, the first time a Tufts team has accomplished that since 1977-81.
This is the first Gold Helmet earned by a Jumbo since running back Chance Brady won the third of his career on November 16, 2016. Holt is the first Jumbo defensive player to receive the honor since defensive back Andy Henke in 2007.
The conference's Rookie of the Year in 2016 and an All-Conference first team pick as a freshman and sophomore, Holt has been one of the league's top tacklers since he arrived at Tufts. He's currently tied for second in NESCAC with 52 tackles, while his seven tackles for losses is tied for third. He also has 2.5 sacks this fall. Holt averages better than 10 tackles per game for his career with 234 in 23 games.