DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire football team featured many stars on offense and defense in Saturday's annual Blue/White Spring Scrimmage, however, none stood out more than senior quarterback Michael Hurley (Walpole, Mass.) and sophomore field general Mike Granieri (Linwood, N.J.), who each posted impressive statistics.
Hurley completed 19 of 25 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns, one to sophomore receiver David Bailey (Bronx, N.Y.) for 11 yards, and the other to junior tight end Jon Hart (Sayville, N.Y.) for two yards.
Granieri, who is also an excellent rusher, completed 12 of 19 passes for 119 yards and three passing touchdowns. The first was a 9-yarder to redshirt freshman tight end Christian Leibl-Cote (Beaconsfield, Quebec). His final two touchdown passes were to junior wide receiver Jermaine Stevens (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), one for 23 yards and the other for 9 yards. Granieri also rushed for two touchdowns, one for 15 yards and the other for 12. He finished the day with 11 carries for 72 yards, good for third-best on the squad for the afternoon.
Also making good use of his playing time at quarterback was redshirt freshman Mike Orihel (New Hope, Pa.), who completed 9 of 10 passes for 54 yards.
None of the quarterbacks threw an interception during the contest.
Looking at the running game, senior Walter Payton Award finalist Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.) did not play due to a hamstring injury, however several other running backs saw plenty of carries and got the job done. The UNH offense enjoyed two rushers over 100 yards. Sophomore running back R.J. Lindquist (Linwood, N.J.) carried the football eight times for 110 yards and that total included a 47-yard touchdown carry, while redshirt freshman running back Paul McKinney (Philadelphia, Pa.) racked up 111 yards on 18 carries.
In the category of receiving, sophomore Shaun Diner (Montreal, Quebec) made a team-best nine catches for 120 yards with a long catch of 26 yards. In addition, Bailey also had a productive day with six catches for 60 yards and one TD.
The UNH defense had several players shine on the afternoon and showed a great ability to sack the quarterback with a total of nine for a loss of 62 yards. All nine sacks were recorded by different players.
Leading the squad in total tackles with nine were sophomore linebacker George Peterson (Mill River, Vt.,) and redshirt freshman defensive back Keith Sawyer (Concord, N.H.). Sawyer also forced a fumble in the contest and Peterson recovered a fumble as well.
There was plenty of offense in the Spring game, as a grand total of 63 points were scored on the afternoon. In terms of total yardage, the offense compiled 348 rushing yards and 367 through the air for 715 total yards.
The UNH football team will open the 2002 regular season on Aug. 29 when the squad travels to Kent State. Game time is 6 p.m.