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McNamara Takes Home Gold Helmet Award

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By Doug Austin
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Dartmouth linebacker Will McNamara was chosen as the Ray Gallant Insurance New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award recipient for his performance in a 56-0 shutout victory over Columbia on Saturday. The Gold Helmet Award is presented to a Division I-FCS player, as well as a Division II and III football player, who established himself for outstanding contributions to their respective teams on the given week.

McNamara, a 6-0, 225-pound sophomore out of Chicago, Ill., led a defensive effort that held the visiting Lions to a mere 95 yards of offense on just 49 plays. While he tied for the team lead with four tackles (with one going for a loss), his biggest contributions came in the form of two interceptions. Not only did he record the first two picks of his career, he became the first Big Green player ever to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game. His first one was a 24-yard return in the second quarter to make the score 28-0, and the second occurred in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring outburst as he weaved his way 51 yards into the end zone.

McNamara was also selected as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, National FCS Defensive Player of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards and the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

The recipient for Division II and III was Octavias McKoy of Western Connecticut, his second award of the year.

Dartmouth (3-3, 2-1 Ivy) will play its biggest game of the season to date when it plays at Harvard (5-1, 2-1 Ivy) on Saturday at 5 p.m. Whichever team wins will remain in the thick of the race for the Ivy League title, while the other will need help from other teams to have a chance to earn a share of the championship.