PHILADELPHIA-- Junior defensive end George Peterson (West Rutland, Vt.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named the ESPN/USA Today I-AA National Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding efforts in the Wildcats' impressive 20-17 conference victory James Madison on Nov. 8. Peterson was also the recipient of Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sunday.
Peterson's efforts helped UNH to its second consecutive Atlantic 10 conference win and it marked the second time in as many games that Peterson and his defensive teammates held an opponent to just 17 points. Peterson made his presence felt in the Duke backfield, as he recorded 10 total tackles (four of them for losses and six of them solo stops), one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and 1.5 sacks on the afternoon. He becomes the first UNH player since Brett Bashaw on 9-10-00 to win the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week honor for the Wildcats. Peterson has been putting pressure on opponent quarterbacks all season long and leads the squad in tackles for a loss with 13.5 during the 2003 season.
Looking at Peterson's other season numbers, he is also the seventh-leading tackler for UNH in 2003 with 24 solo tackles and 19 assists for 43 total tackles. He also leads the team with three sacks and he has recovered two fumbles. Peterson will return to action this week at Atlantic 10 opponent William & Mary on Sat., Nov. 15. Game time is 1 p.m. and can be heard live on the Wildcat Sports Network.