Senior rushed 42 times for an ACC-record 339 yards in 38-21 win over NC State
Senior one of 10 semifinalists for college football's top running back
BC?s all-time leading rusher?won the Big East rushing title for ?03 by averaging 132.4 yards per game?among the nation?s top five rushers all season long?broke Mike Cloud?s all-time rushing record of 3,597 yards with his 197-yard performance at Virginia Tech; finished his career with 3,725 yards?had the third-best rushing day of his career in that game as the Eagles upset the 12th-ranked Hokies on the road?named Big East Co-Offensive Player of the Week for that performance; also had two touchdowns and a 37-yard reception to finish with 234 total yards?semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, which annually goes to the nation?s top running back?one of the nation?s leading rushers (led the nation in rushing for two straight weeks in 2003)?started the season with a bang against Wake Forest ? 30 carries for 144 yards and one touchdown; leads the BIG EAST in rushing?had 26 carries for 156 yards, a long of 31, avg. of 6.0 per carry, one catch for six yards vs. Penn State at Beaver Stadium?rebounded from slow start and a hit to the hip that needed X-rays as he rushed 134 of his 156 yards in the second half, 63 yards coming on BC?s final possession vs. Penn State?Continued strong season with 26 carries for 170 yards, ranks fourth in nation and leads BIG EAST with 156.67 yards per game, his 170-yard rushing performance is the third-best of his career?moved up to sixth on the BC all-time rushing list with that game?had 21 carries for 83 yards, one rushing touchdown, two catches for 22 yards vs. Miami?his first game of the 2003 season under 100-yards rushing?20 carries for 175 yards and one touchdown, a long of 42 yards vs. Ball State?had 21 carries for 158 yards, a long of 42 yards, one catch for one yard at Temple?led the nation in rushing with 147.67 yards per game after victory at Temple?had 19 carries for 51 yards, also had six catches for 61 yards with a long of 24 vs. Syracuse?had 23 carries for 43 yards, also had three catches for 23 yards vs. Notre Dame?left game in first half after injuring his ankle, returned late in the first half against Notre Dame?had 19 carries for 119 yards vs. Pittsburgh?first rush of game against Pittsburgh sent him over the 3,000-yard mark for his career, making him the third BC player to reach that milestone?the same run put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season, the sixth straight year BC has had a 1,000-yard rusher?had 21 carries for 79 yards, also had four receptions for 27 yards vs. West Virginia?had 27 carries for a career-best 224 yards and career-best three rushing touchdowns vs. Rutgers?also had a long of 60 yards, the second longest rush of his career?his previous career-best game was for 205 yards against Rutgers last season, also caught one six-yard pass against Rutgers?entered 2003 as the leading returning rusher in the BIG EAST ? finished the 2002 season with 1,432 yards on 253 carries, marking the fifth year in a row BC had a back rush for more than 1,000 yards?capped off his career with a 122-yard, three-touchdown performance in BC?s 35-21 win over Colorado State in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl?stayed in San Francisco to play in the East-West All-Star game?All-Big East second team in 2002 and 2003.
Also finished as the team?s second leading receiver ? 37 catches for 372 yards?came off the bench in the UConn game to rush for 105 yards on 15 carries?also caught four passes for 39 yards, including a touchdown reception?finished that game with 144 all-purpose yards?came off the bench again vs. Stanford and led the team in rushing; 21 carries for 104 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner in the fourth quarter?also grabbed two catches for 22 yards in that game?got the starting nod for the Miami game and responded with 19 carries for 57 yards while rotating in the lineup with Brandon Brokaw throughout the game?19 carries for 102 yards and one touchdown vs. Central Michigan; also had three receptions for 23 yards?gained 94 yards on 15 carries, one touchdown vs. Virginia Tech; also snagged five passes for 63 yards in that game?had a then career-high 138 yards (on 19 rushes) with two touchdowns (the second two-touchdown game of his career) vs. Navy ? 102 of those yards came in the first half, the first time he ever achieved that feat?rushed 27 times for 136 yards vs. Pittsburgh?s nationally ranked defense; also caught two passes for 20 yards in that game?carried 26 times for 129 yards and a touchdown against Notre Dame?s tough defense; also made three catches for 19 yards in that game as the Eagles took the win over the fourth-ranked Irish in Notre Dame Stadium?18 carries for 54 yards, plus seven receptions for 48 yards vs. West Virginia?had a then career-best day vs. Syracuse; 19 carries, 171 yards, two touchdowns, including career high 70-yarder?shared the Orrie Scarminach Award for MVP of that game (with Sean Ryan)?earned BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Week for that performance?led all rushers with 19 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown vs. Temple?23 carries for a career-high 205 yards vs. Rutgers; two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving); caught two passes for 65 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown reception?earned his second BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Week award of the season for the Rutgers performance?19 carries for 65 yards and 1 touchdown in Motor City Bowl game vs. Toledo.
Spent most of the season at the team?s second tailback?was the second-leading rusher on the team with 76 carries for 337 yards and a touchdown...saw action in nine games, plus the Music City Bowl win vs. Georgia?made his first career start in game against top-ranked Miami (Nov. 10) and carried the ball 27 times for 78 yards?also gained 79 yards on 10 carries in season-opening win vs. West Virginia (Sept. 1)?had 13 carries for 65 yards against Pittsburgh (Oct. 20) and 10 carries for 46 yards with one touchdown at Rutgers (Nov. 17)?also had four receptions for 55 yards in start vs. the Hurricanes and had two receptions against both Army (Sept. 29) and the Panthers.
Carried the ball 52 times this year for 235 yards and a touchdown?had a career-high 110 rushing yards on 19 carries against UConn (Oct. 7)...had 34 yards on seven carries and a TD vs. Army (Sept. 9).
Earned Boston Globe and Boston Herald all-scholastic honors as a senior at Xaverian Brothers High School; was a two-way performer, playing tailback and outside linebacker?was selected to Tom Lemming?s all-East Team?was ranked among SuperPrep?s top 12 in New England?led his team to the 1998 Eastern Massachusetts Division I Super Bowl; the Hawks finished the season with a 10-0 mark and ranked 25th in the USA Today national top 25?rushed for 985 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior?played for head coach Charlie Stevenson?was a lacrosse letterman as a freshman...in addition to his football exploits, also excelled on Xaverian?s indoor and outdoor track teams...among his many accomplishments, he won the 55-meter dash at the Massachusetts Class A indoor track meet (March 1998)...in that same indoor season, he and his teammates won the Class A, all-state and New England title in the 400-meter relay...Knight won the 100-meter dash at the Massachusetts all-state outdoor meet (June 1999)...he also ran a leg on Xaverian?s 4x400 relay team that won the state championship.
Derrick Knight, born April 3, 1981?enrolled in the Carroll School of Management with a major in finance?Derrick is the son of Marsha Knight.