DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior linebacker Brett Bashaw (Newburyport, Mass.) and senior tight end Michael DePalma (Central Bridge, N.Y.) were named co-catpains for the 2000 football season. The announcement was made today by second-year head football coach Sean McDonnell.
Bashaw, who led the Wildcats in tackles in 1999 with 58-53-111, was ranked fifth in the Atlantic 10 Football Conference in total tackles, and his mark of 111 tied him for seventh all-time at UNH for tackles in a season. In addition to his outstanding tackle numbers, Bashaw also recorded one sack and one interception last season.
"Brett is an outstanding football player who exemplifies the tremendous tradition of excellence that has always been associated with the UNH linebacking corps," said McDonnell. "His work ethic and determination on and off the field are what has helped him most as he climbed the ladder from a walk-on situation to becoming a starter and true team leader."
Another great tradition at UNH has been the recruiting of tightends who are not only capable of augmenting the size and power of the Wildcat offensive line, but also adding another key weapon in the arsenal of UNH receivers. Depalma fits that mold perfectly after serving as the starting tightend for the Wildcats in 1999. His outstanding blocking ability helped the Wildcat offense to become the most prolific in the Atlantic 10 with an average of 457.3 total yards per contest. As a receiver, DePalma recorded nine catches for 125 yards, including one touchdown for five yards vs. Stephen F. Austin.
"Michael is a quiet type of kid who will lead this team by example, "said McDonnell. "He is extremely physical and very demanding of himself, a trait our players have already recognized and responded to by voting for him."
One of the first duties of the co-captains will be to lead UNH in the Wildcats' annual Blue/White Spring Football Game on Saturday, May 6. The action begins at 1 p.m. at Cowell Stadium.