Springfield, Mass. - April 5, 2018 - After a sensational final season with the Springfield College football team, Christopher Hayden (Madison, Maine) was selected for this year's Desmond "Tuss" McLaughry Award by the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Football Foundation. The award is presented annually to the region's best college football player.
This year's banquet is Sunday, April 8 at 5 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts and the 56th annual football banquet will honor six award winners as well as MassLive's All-Western Mass High School first-teamers. Those interested in purchasing tickets should call the American International College athletic department at 413-205-3939. Tickets are 25 dollars.
Hayden was a CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honoree this season while majoring in Applied Exercise Science, and earned a number of postseason honors after helping Springfield return back to the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time since 2006. Hayden was previously awarded the 72nd annual Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award for exceptional achievement in sportsmanship, academics, and athletics by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, and was also chosen to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team, New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England squad, ECAC Division III All-Region Team, and the 2017 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches' All-America Second Team.
Thanks to his leadership on the offensive line, Springfield produced the most rushing yards in all of college football, eclipsing the 4,700 yard mark, and averaged more than 435 yards per game on the ground. Additionally, the Pride scored more than 43 points per outing and ranked third nationally in sacks allowed per game, surrendering just five in 11 outings.