DURHAM, N.H.— In a game where one UNH squad (The Cats) scored 42 points and the other (The Wild) scored 41 in the annual Blue/White football scrimmage on Saturday, it is clear that the University of New Hampshire offense is both deep and explosive once again in 2007.
    Leading the way, as has been the case over the past three seasons, was senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.), the 2006 Walter Payton Award winner and newly-elected co-captain of the Wildcats. Santos, who connected on 15 of 25 passes for 253 yards, passed for three touchdowns on the afternoon, with a long pass of 65 yards to junior running back Matt O’Brien (Cambridge, Mass.). Santos also scored on passes to freshman tight end Seth Price (Grove City, Ohio) for 2 yards and another to sophomore wide receiver Travis Negron (San Diego, Calif.) for 19 yards (86 on the day). Santos had no interceptions.
    UNH’s passing game stole the show, but the running game featured some long scoring plays led by redshirt freshman running back Sean Jellison (Amherst, N.H..), who scored on a 65 yard jaunt. He also reached paydirt on a 60-yard pass play from redshirt freshman quarterback R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.). Toman was solid on the afternoon, completing 16 of 28 attempts for  260 yards and two touchdowns.
    UNH also received good production from senior running back and starter Chris Ward (Waltham, Mass.) as he had seven carries for 76 yds, and two touchdowns, including a 42-yarder. Also scoring on the ground was junior Robert Simpson (Brockton, Mass.), who broke up the middle and outran several defenders to score on a 44 yd run. He compiled 58 total rushing yards in eight attempts.
    One of the most improved players in spring ball has been junior quarterback Hank Hendricks (San Diego, Calif.), who also looked solid, completing 14 of 24 passes for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns with no interceptions. His touchdown passes were to senior wide receiver Keith LeVan (Waltham, Mass.) for 3 yds and to redshirt freshman Mike Green (Stonington, Conn.) for 14 yds.
    The top receivers for UNH included junior Michael Boyle (Plymouth, N.H.), as he grabbed seven catches for 78 yards, despite not being 100 percent healthy. Also having a solid day was O’Brien, who had seven receptions for 113 yards and his touchdown. LeVan had six catches for 66 yds two TDs, while redshirt freshman Chris Chandler (Wakefield, Mass.) had six catches for 107 yards.
    With projected starting tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.) out due to an ankle injury, Price took advantage of his opportunity making four catches for 74 yards.
    On the defensive side of the football, UNH was led in tackles by senior free safety Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.), who checked in with 11 on the afternoon, followed by redshirt freshman strong safety Hugo Souza (Marshfield, Mass.) with nine. Senior linebacker Justin Wright (Providence, R.I.) and redshirt freshman defensive back Bryan Mayhew (Plymouth, N.H.) each recorded sacks, and freshman newcomer Ryan McGuinness (Hackensack, N.J.) had an interception and six tackles. Also continuing to play well and show improvement was redshirt freshman defensive back Terrence Klein (Westwood, N.J.) with three pass deflections and six tackles.
    It was also announced today that the other co-captain, along with Santos, will be senior defensive lineman Matthew Perdoni (Sherborn, Mass.).
    The UNH football team will open the regular 2007 season on Sept. 8 at James Madison and will play its home-opener on Sept. 22 vs. Granite State rival Dartmouth. Tickets for all UNH home games are available at the UNH Ticket Office or online at www.unhwildcats.com.
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