FOOTBALL TEAM HONORED AT BANQUET
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire football team honored nine of its members at their annual awards banquet on Sunday.

Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and also had the distinction of having his No. 3 jersey retired by the team. Ball becomes the third Wildcat in history to have his number retired, joining former running backs Bill Burnham (36) and Jerry Azumah (25).

Ball submitted a stellar season to cap a stellar career, being named First Team All-Atlantic 10 after catching 93 balls for 1,114 yards and 13 touchdowns in 13 games. Ball became the NCAA’s all-time leader in touchdown catches Oct. 7 versus the University of Richmond when he caught his 51st touchdown to pass the legendary Jerry Rice. He finished his career with 58 touchdown catches. Ball also tied Rice’s record for 100-yard receiving performances (23) and fell just short of Rice’s receiving yards record of 4,693 (4,655).

Senior defensive back Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.) received the Bill Bowes “Coaches” Award. Graham, one of the most dangerous corners in the game, recorded 41 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and three pass deflections in limited time this season. Graham played only seven games before breaking his leg and ending his season. An equally dangerous return man, Graham returned 11 punts for 102 yards and a touchdown and also returned 10 kicks for 323 yards and a touchdown.

The Bo Dickson Spirit Award went to senior offensive lineman Tucker Peterson (Clarendon, Vt.). Peterson, a First Team All-Atlantic 10 honoree, was a key cog at left guard for an explosive Wildcat offense that ranked second in the nation in scoring (35.31 points per game) and seventh in the nation in total offense (400.62 yards per game).

Senior wide receiver Aaron Brown (Central Square, N.Y.) grabbed the Buck Buchanan Service Award. Brown was UNH’s third-leading receiver, snatching 39 balls for 435 yards and four touchdowns.

The Dick Demers 12th Player Award winner was senior linebacker Muji Karim (Burlington, Vt.). Karim, who was fifth on the team with 55 tackles, registered one sack, two pass deflections, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries, including one that he ran back 60 yards for a touchdown to give the ‘Cats a 27-17 win over Richmond and improved the team to 5-0 at the time.

Senior defensive tackles Brendan St. Peter (Marshfield, Mass.) and Dan Wagner (Gibsonia, Pa.) were both honored with the Jack French Unsung Hero Award. Both key components of the Wildcat defense, St. Peter recorded 54 tackles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and two pass deflections, while Wagner compiled 23 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.

Senior defensive back A.J. Snook (Lebanon, Pa.) and senior wide receiver Evan Loring (Chocorua, N.H.) both won the Student Athlete Award. Snook played in just eight games due to injury, but still recorded 23 tackles, one sack and an interception. Loring made eight catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns.

The Wildcats, who concluded the season ranked No. 6 in the nation, finished with a 9-4 overall record, including 5-3 in the Atlantic 10. After a 41-38 victory over Hampton University in the first round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision on Nov. 25, the Wildcats lost to the University of Massachusetts, 24-17, in the quarterfinal round Dec. 2
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