HADLEY, Mass. -- Senior captain and slotback Shawn Doherty was named NESCAC Football Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday, following his starring performance in Saturday's 20-16 win over Tufts, announced by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Doherty (Mansfield, Mass.) carried the ball 24 times for a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns, as Bates piled up 317 yards on the ground. He also caught a 12-yard pass and returned two kickoffs for 53 yards, giving him 247 all-purpose yards in the game.
Doherty's 182 yards were the most by a Bobcat player in the past decade (a yard more than Jamie Walker's 181-yard effort against Hamilton in 2004). He leads the NESCAC in rushing with 273 yards over two games, 58 more than any other player in the league. Doherty also leads the NESCAC in all-purpose yards, at 211.5 per game, 69 more than second-place Mike Rando of Tufts. Doherty is also one of only two non-quarterbacks among the conference's top 10 players in total offense, ranking ninth in that category at 136.5 yards per game.
Doherty is Bates' first Offensive Player of the Week since Sean Atkins captured the honor on Nov. 3, 2002, following his 298-yard, seven-touchdown performance against Bowdoin.