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Robert Morris running back Russ earns NEC offensive honor

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Senior rushed for 110 yards in first quarter alone in RMU's win over Albany

Senior running back Myles Russ (Boca Raton, Fla. / West Boca) of the Robert Morris University football team was honored Monday by being named the Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

It marks the second honor of the 2010 season for Russ, as he also garnered the honor Sept. 20, and the third of his career.

In a 38-0 victory over Albany (10/16) at Joe Walton Stadium that extended RMU's winning streak to six, Russ finished with 138 yards rushing and a touchdown on 23 carries, an average of 6.0 yards per attempt.

Russ set the tone early on offense in helping the Colonials jump out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter against the Great Danes. On just the second play from scrimmage, Russ burst through the line, found a hole and scampered 53 yards to the Albany 20-yard line.

Two plays later sophomore quarterback Jeff Sinclair (Natrona Heights, Pa. / Highlands) hit junior wide receiver Anthony Coleman (Cheltenham, Md. / St. John's College High School) with a 12-yard touchdown pass to give RMU an early 7-0 lead.

Two possessions later Russ gave Robert Morris a 14-0 advantage when he scored on a 32-yard touchdown run, and after the first 15 minutes of play he compiled 110 rushing yards on just seven attempts, an average of 15.7 yards per carry.

Russ became just the second Colonial running back in school history to eclipse the 100-yard rushing plateau in a quarter, joining inaugural running back Tim Hall (1994-95), who accomplished the feat twice.

The performance against the Great Danes marked the fourth 100-yard rushing game for Russ on the 2010 campaign and 14th of his career. He leads the NEC in average yards per carry (6.0) while ranking third in rushing yards per game (115.1).

Russ enters RMU's final three games of the 2010 regular season with 3,714 career rushing yards, which ranks third among active rushers in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), trailing only Chris Evans (4,176) of Samford and Kyle Minett (3,757) of South Dakota State. He is also just 134 yards shy of becoming the all-time leading rusher at Robert Morris. Former Colonial and current assistant coach Sam Dorsett (1999-2003) currently owns the mark of 3,847 yards.

Led by Joe Walton, the only head coach in the 17-year history of the program, Robert Morris has a bye this week and will return to the field Saturday, Oct. 30, with a Noon kickoff against Duquesne at Joe Walton Stadium. The contest continues a four-game homestand and can also be seen live on PCNC and Fox College Sports.

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