DURHAM, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire football team will be back on campus on Friday, August 10, for the annual Wildcat Football Media/Photo Day. The event, which kicks off every season, will begin at 1 p.m. behind the UNH Field House.
The day will provide the media with an opportunity to interview third-year head coach Sean McDonnell as he looks to guide his team to another winning season, after the squad finished the 2000 campaign with a 6-5 overall record. In addition, all of the players on the 2001 roster will be dressed in full uniform and available for interviews and pictures.
University photographers will be taking a team photo, head shots, position-by-position photos and state-by-state groups. All media outlets are welcome to jump in and shoot any or all of these photo opportunities.
Possible story ideas concerning this year's team include senior captain Jason Ball (Londonderry, N.H.) who many feel could push for All-America honors in 2001 after being named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference squad.. Another Granite-Stater who will be a key to the UNH offense is senior captain Ryan Day (Manchester, N.H.) who is poised to break numerous UNH season and career records. Junior tailback Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.) was a first-team Preseason All-Conference pick and could gain national notoriety this season as one of the Atlantic 10's best ball-carriers. On the defensive side of the ball, senior Mike Wells (Salem, N.H.) will be a player to watch, as well as senior captain and defensive end Jon Oosterhuis (Guelph, Ontario), who is all-conference material. In addition, UNH was picked seventh in the preseason Atlantic 10 Coaches Poll and the Wildcats have several new assistant coaches on the staff for the media to meet with and interview. Looking at the schedule, UNH will compete against some of the best I-AA team's in the nation at Cowell Stadium, including Hampton, James Madison, Delaware, Villanova and Maine. The Wildcats also have some interesting freshman stories coming onto campus, including freshman fullback/linebacker Joe Kreider (Mount Joy, Pa.) who is the brother of former Wildcat Dan Kreider, a fullback with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers.
The team begins two-a-day practices on Saturday, Aug. 11.
The Wildcats will open the season at home on Sept. 1 vs. highly-regarded Hampton University, a team UNH defeated on the road last season despite the 7-3 overall season mark recorded by the Pirates.