Bill Knight Trophy
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|First meeting||Rivalry 1897, Trophy 1986|
Trophy awarded to Dontra Peters, UNH
|All-time series||UMass leads, 43–27–3|
The Bill Knight Trophy is an annual trophy given to the Most Outstanding Player of the Colonial Clash, a college football rivalry game played between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of New Hampshire. A new trophy is cast each year, therefore allowing the honoree to keep his award permanently.
The award is named after the long-time Sports Information Director at New Hampshire. Knight died in November 1985. In addition to his duties at UNH, Knight was a past President of the New England Sports Information Directors Association, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee at the 1984 Winter Games and a recipient of the Irving T. Marsh ECAC Service Bureau Award. He also served as the Information Officer of the Yankee Conference. Knight was inducted into the University of New Hampshire 100 Club Hall of Fame on October 2, 1987. The trophy was first awarded to Tim Bryant of UMass in 1986, and has been given every year since to the player who gives the best performance in the annual contest.
|1986||Tim Bryant||QB||UMass||UMass, 38–31||Amherst, MA|
|1987||Bob Jean||QB||UNH||UNH, 17–10||Durham, NH|
|1988||Dave Palazzi||QB||UMass||UMass, 64–42||Durham, NH|
|1989||Gary Wilkos||QB||UMass||UMass, 34–28||Amherst, MA|
|1990||Matt Griffin||QB||UNH||UNH, 36–18||Durham, NH|
|1991||Matt Griffin||QB||UNH||UNH, 35–28||Amherst, MA|
|1992||Jim Stayer||QB||UNH||UNH, 20–13||Durham, NH|
|1993||John Johnson||FB||UMass||UMass, 15–13||Amherst, MA|
|1994||Mike Foley||DE||UNH||UNH, 14–11||Durham, NH|
|1995||Jerry Azumah||TB||UNH||UNH, 32–29||Amherst, MA|
|1996||Jerry Azumah||TB||UNH||UNH, 40–7||Durham, NH|
|1997||Jerry Azumah||TB||UNH||UNH, 28–10||Amherst, MA|
|1998||Marcel Shipp||TB||UMass||UMass, 27–26||Durham, NH|
|1999||Adrian Zullo||WR||UMass||UMass, 34–19||Amherst, MA|
|2000||Stephan Lewis||TB||UNH||UNH, 24–16||Durham, NH|
|2001||Stephan Lewis||TB||UNH||UNH, 35–24||Amherst, MA|
|2002||Stephan Lewis||TB||UNH||UNH, 31–14||Durham, NH|
|2003||Jason Peebler||WR||UMass||UMass, 44–30||Amherst, MA|
|2004||Steve Baylark||TB||UMass||UMass, 38–21||Durham, NH|
|2005||David Ball||WR||UNH||UNH, 34–28||Amherst, MA|
|2006||Jason Hatchell||DE||UMass||UMass, 28–20||Durham, NH|
|2007||Matt Lawrence||TB||UMass||UMass, 27–7||Amherst, MA|
|2008||Matt Parent||LB||UNH||UNH, 52–21||Durham, NH|
|2009||Jon Hernandez||TB||UMass||UMass, 23–17||Amherst, MA|
|2010||Matt Evans||LB||UNH||UNH, 39–13||Foxboro, MA|
|2011||Dontra Peters||TB||UNH||UNH, 27–21||Foxboro, MA|
- Quarterbacks won the first seven awards. No quarterback has won since.
- No player from the losing team has been awarded the trophy.
- Four Bill Knight Trophy winners have gone on to play in the NFL: Jerry Azumah, Marcel Shipp, Steve Baylark, and Matt Lawrence.
- Colonial Clash
- UMass Minutemen football
- New Hampshire Wildcats
- List of NCAA college football rivalry games
- "The Bill Knight Award". Newenglandfootball.com. Retrieved 2015-04-01.