PHILADELPHIA--Sophomore defensive back Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in UNH's 27-23 victory at Northeastern University on Oct. 30.
Graham not only led the Wildcats with 13 total tackles (12 solos), but he scored the game-winning touchdown on a 25-yard interception return. UNH was trailing by a 23-21 margin and Graham gave the Wildcats the lead for good with just 5:24 remaining in the contest. His interception ended a 17-game home regular season win streak by Northeastern at Parsons Field and it was one of three by the Wildcats late in the contest.
It was Graham's second interception of the season and the fifth of his young career with the 'Cats.
Graham is presently the seventh-leading tackler in the Atlantic 10 conference with an average of 9.9 tackles per contest. He also leads the conference in pass deflections with 15. The next closest player to him on the deflections list is Allante Harrison of Towson and Shannon James of UMass, each with 11 pass breakups.
Thanks to the heroics of Graham, UNH is now 5-0 on the road and has not been that successful playing out of a suitcase since the 1994 Yankee Conference championship squad accomplished that feat. UNH is now also 6-2 overall and is guaranteed its first winning season since 2000. Finally, the team is 3-2 in the North Division of the Atlantic 10, sitting alone in first place.
The 10th-ranked Wildcats have three regular season games remaining and will be looking to go 6-0 on the road when the team travels to play at New England rival Rhode Island on Nov. 6. Game time is 12 p.m. at Meade Stadium and the contest can be heard live on the UNH Sports Radio Network and at www.unhwildcats.com. UNH's final home game is on Nov. 13 at Cowell Stadium vs. Towson. Game time is 12 p.m.