DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior linebacker Chris Robinson (Medford, N.Y.) and junior defensive end George Peterson (West Rutland, Vt.) of the University of New Hampshire football team were both named first-team All-New England in recognition of their outstanding efforts on the field during the 2003 season. The 32-player team, which was selected by the New England Football Writers, was announced today. Robinson and Peterson will be honored at the annual New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Dec. 4 at the Lantana Restaurant in Randolph, Mass.
Robinson, who led the Wildcats in tackles with 136 in 2003, finished second on UNH's all-time season tackles listing. He was also recently named second-team All-Atlantic 10. Robinson also had seven tackles for a loss, an interception, seven pass breakups and three fumble recoveries. Determined to have a memorable senior season, Robinson returned from a shoulder injury after missing all of the 2002 campaign. He led the Atlantic 10 in total tackles for much of the season and was ranked among the top 10 in I-AA football for most of the season in total tackles.
Peterson may be considered one of the most improved players on the UNH squad. Peterson, had a monster game in UNH's victory over James Madison and was named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
Peterson completed his junior campaign as the Wildcats' ninth-leading tackler with 28-21-49. A second-team All-Atlantic 10 selection, he put tremendous pressure on opponent offensive backs as evidenced by his team-leading 13 tackles for a loss and his 3.0 sacks, good for second for UNH. He also had two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
The much-improved UNH defense benefited greatly from the play of both Robinson and Peterson. As a result, the Wildcats won three of their last four games en route to a 5-7 overall record and 3-6 mark in the Atlantic 10 Football Conference.