HANOVER, IN - Fueled by a national record-breaking performance, Hanover College wide receiver Daniel Passafiume (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's offensive player of the week.
Passafiume, a sophomore, set a NCAA all-divisions single-game record with 25 receptions (for 153 yards and two touchdowns) in the Panthers' Nov. 14 game against Franklin College. The effort surpasses the mark of 24 catches set by NFL hall-of-fame receiver Jerry Rice and Chas Gessner.
Rice had 24 catches for Mississippi Valley State University in a 1983 game against Southern University. Gessner collected 24 balls for Brown University in a 2002 game against the University of Rhode Island.
Passafiume's performance was featured on ESPN, ESPN News and television stations nationally, as well as being highlighted in newspapers such as USA today, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and Orlando Sentinel.
Passafiume, who ranked among the top receivers in NCAA III all season, capped the 2009 campaign with 114 receptions for 1,054 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Hanover closed the season with a 3-7 overall record. The Panthers finished fifth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 3-4 mark.