Central Connecticut wide receiver Tyrell Holmes was named NEC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon. The Bristol, CT, native has made a successful transition from defensive back to wide receiver for his junior season with CCSU. Holmes was a major contributor to the Blue Devils 38-29 victory over Saint Francis in Saturday's Homecoming Game.
Holmes accounted for the second-highest single-game total by a NEC receiver this season with five catches for 153 yards and one touchdown on Saturday. Averaging 30.6 yards per reception, Holmes saw all five of his catches go for either a first down or a touchdown.
He extended CCSU's lead to 21-3 when he hauled in a pass from sophomore quarterback Nick SanGiacomo and went 66 yards for a touchdown with 4:06 left in the first half.
Twice in the second half, Holmes made key grabs on 3rd-down plays to move the chains. His 18-yard reception on the first play of the fourth quarter converted a 3rd-and-5 and set CCSU up at the SFU 8-yard line.
Contributing to Holmes' big performance was the excellent play of SanGiacomo who completed 18-of-29 pass attempts for three touchdowns and a career-high 242 yards.
Bryant's Jordan Harris, the active career leading receiver in Division I FCS, is only other NEC player with a higher single-game total than Holmes this fall.
The Blue Devils will continue Northeast Conference play on Saturday at Sacred Heart.