UNH DEFENSE SHINES IN UNH BLUE/WHITE SCRIMMAGE

DURHAM, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire football team held its annual Blue/White Scrimmage on Saturday afternoon, and when all was said and done the defense caused six turnovers and held the offense to 13 points.

In addition, the defense scored seven points of its own when senior linebacker Amir Saadah (Fair Lawn, N.J.) rambled 30 yards for a touchdown on a fumble return. Other big defensive plays resulting in turnovers included a 12-yard interception return by junior linebacker E.J. DeWitt (Newport, R.I.) and an interception by sophomore defensive back Christian Callison (Andover, Mass.). DeWitt led the squad in total tackles as well with 10 on the afternoon. The defense also had a pair of sacks recorded by junior linebacker Alan Tallman (Carthage, N.Y.) for a loss of 5 yards and by sophomore defensive lineman Dan Wagner (Gibsonia, Pa.) for a loss of 7 yards.

On the offensive side of the football all four quarterbacks saw action and were effective. Starting quarterback Mike Granieri (Linwood, N.J.) completed 8-14 passes for 70 yards and no interceptions. No. 2 quarterback Hassan Noble (Palo Alto, Calif.) completed 6-14 for 83 yards and had one interception. Sophomore Matt Skoby (Concord, N.H.) completed 10-13 for 111 yards and had the longest pass of the day, a 41 yarder to senior receiver David Bailey (Bronx, N.Y.). Redshirt freshman Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) completed 6-13 passes for 78 yards and one interception. None of the quarterbacks threw a touchdown on the afternoon.

The lone offensive touchdown of the afternoon was a four-yard run by junior running back Paul McKinney (Philadelphia, Pa.) with 5:26 remaining in the game. McKinney was the top rusher on the afternoon with 9 carries for 32 yards and he had the longest run, a 14-yarder. Redshirt freshman Chris Ward (Waltham, Mass.) had 6 carries for 16 yards.

Looking at the receivers, sophomore David Ball (Orange, Vt.) led the way with 7 catches for 77 yards. Also playing well for the 'Cats was Bailey with six receptions for 66 yards and the long catch for 41 yards.

Junior kicker Connor McCormick (Forty Fort, Pa.) connected on a pair of field goals, one for 47 yards and the other for 32. He missed on a long attempt of 49 yards.

In addition to the game, sixth-year head coach Sean McDonnell announced that Granieri and senior defensive end George Peterson (West Rutland, Vt.) will be the team co-captains for the 2004 season after a vote by their teammates.

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