POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Fifth-year senior wide receiver Michael Rios (Miami, Fla.) of the Marist football team was named Pioneer Football League (PFL ) Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday, a day after a record-setting performance in the Red Foxes' 34-21 triumph over Davidson.
Rios set a program record with 244 yards receiving in the contest, and tied a program record with three touchdown receptions. He finished the day with eight catches.
In the second quarter, Rios' 80-yard touchdown reception from junior quarterback Chuckie Looney (Ocala, Fla.) put the Red Foxes up 14-8, and gave them the lead for good. Rios then caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Looney in the third quarter, and a 71-yard scoring strike from Looney in the final period. He also had a 34-yard catch in the second quarter.
On the season, Rios leads the Red Foxes in receiving yards (431), yards per reception (22.7) and receiving touchdowns (three). His 19 receptions rank second on the team.
This is Rios' second weekly PFL award, and first on offense. He was named PFL Special Teams Player of the Week once in 2010, the same season in which he was named PFL Honorable Mention as a wide receiver. His 244-yard game was the best by a PFL receiver since Valparaiso's Rob Giancola set the PFL record with 275 receiving yards in 2003. It was also the league's first 200-receiving yard performance since the 2008 season.
In his career, Rios has 10 receiving touchdowns. Six have covered at least 60 yards.
Marist will return to action next Saturday with a PFL contest at Jacksonville. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.