DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire football program reached new heights last season, advancing to the NCAA I-AA Quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, winning a share of the Atlantic 10 Championship and posting the most wins ever in a season with 11. Eighth-year head coach Sean McDonnell, the 2005 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, will be looking to build on the success of the past two seasons when his players take the field for the first spring practice on Saturday, April 8.
Spring football will continue through Friday, May 5 when the program will host its annual golf outing at the Links at Outlook Farms in South Berwick. Anyone interested in participating or sponsoring a hole may contact the football office at (603) 862-1852.
Spring practice will be capped off on Saturday, May 6 when the squad will host its annual Spring football game providing fans a chance to see the progress of the team and to watch their favorite players. The action is set to begin at 1 p.m. on Bremner Field.
The Wildcat offense is loaded with talented players once again this season, including a pair of All-American, Walter Payton Award candidates in junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) and senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.). Seven starters return to an offense that finished No. 2 in the nation last season with 74 touchdowns and broke the conference record. UNH was also No. 2 in the nation in yards per game (493 yards per contest) and third in the nation in points scored per game with an average of 41.7 per contest. In all, the offense returns two of three All-Americans and three of five All-Atlantic 10 selections.
The UNH be younger after the graduation of seven starters. but there are many players ready to step up after seeing plenty of action in 2006. Leading the way will be senior corner Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.) and junior All-American and all-conference free safety Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.). Leading the linebackers will be super sophomore Matt Parent (Long Beach, Calif.) and the defensive line will be anchored by returning starter Dan Wagner (Gibsonia, Pa.). All four players were key to a defense that led the country in fumbles recovered, interceptions, turnovers gained and turnover margin.
The UNH schedule is a challenging one and the Wildcats open against another Division I opponent in Northwestern on Sat., Sept. 9.
2006 University of New Hampshire Football Schedule