Lawson Earns Gold Helmet from New England Football Writer's Association

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

ALLSTON, Mass. - Rhode Island redshirt senior captain JaJuan Lawson was given the Division I Gold Helmet Award from the New England Football Writer's Association Wednesday afternoon.

Sponsored by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation, the NEFWA presents one Gold Helmet Award to the Division I (FBS and FCS) and Division II/III football players who have established himself for outstanding contributions to his team on the given week.

Lawson completed 22-of-28 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns to lead Rhode Island past conference foe Albany, 45-26, on Saturday. The touchdown passes went to four different receivers as Marven Beauvais, Isaiah Coulter, Aaron Parker and Tyler Burke each caught a scoring strike from Lawson.

In the performance, Lawson became the first Rhode Island quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in one game since Probst did so in 2011. It is the 12th time in program history a Rhode Island player has thrown four or more in a game. Tom Ehrhardt did so six times, and Lawson, Probst, Derek Cassidy, Tom Ryan, Chris Hixon and Chris Paul-Etienne each have one to their credit.

Through the first two weeks of the season, Lawson leads the CAA in passing efficiency (184.5) and touchdown passes (5). He is second in completion percentage (71.4) and third in both passing yards (487) and passing yards per game (243.5). Lawson also improved his career passing percentage to 62.2 percent, the best in program history. No other Rhode Island player with at least 100 attempts is higher than 58.6 percent.

The Gold Helmet is the latest in a series of honors for Lawson this week. He also was the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week and the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week. In addition, he was one of six players nationally to earn Offensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention, and one of 12 players nationally to get STATS FCS National Player of the Week Honorable Mention.

Lawson is the first player for Rhode Island since Harold Cooper in 2016 to receive a Gold Helmet Award.