DURHAM, N.H—Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was recently named this year’s recipient of the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding New England college football senior. He will receive the honor at the annual New England Football Writer’s Awards Dinner on Thursday evening.
    Ball joins the ranks of some impressive players who have won the honor previously, including Doug Flutie of Boston College, and former UNH Wildcats Jerry Azumah (1998) and Barry Bourassa (1991).
Ball had an amazing year for the UNH football team and received tremendous media coverage after breaking several NCAA receiving marks, including the I-AA record for touchdown receptions in a career. He surpassed the mark of NFL legend Jerry Rice, who caught 50 touchdown passes while playing at Mississippi Valley State. Ball completes his career with 58 touchdown catches. Ball also finished second among the NCAA leaders with 4,655 receiving yards and he tied Rice’s mark for 100-yard receiving games with 23. He also finished second all-time among the top I-AA players with 28 games with at least one touchdown catch.
    In 2006, Ball led the Atlantic 10 Football Conference with 13 touchdown receptions and was ranked among the top 10 in the nation in nearly every receiving category. His 93 receptions in 2006 broke his own University mark of 87, which he set last season. In addition, he completed his third straight campaign with over 1,000 receiving yards after compiling 1,114 yards in 2006 and averaging 85.7 receiving yards per contest.
    His other major honors and awards this season include being named a Walter Camp All-American for the third straight season and an AFCA All-American. He finished fifth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award and he was named first-team All-Atlantic 10. 
    The Wildcats, the only team in Atlantic 10 conference history to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals three consecutive times, posted a 9-4 overall record. Thanks to the help of Ball, the UNH offense was among the nation’s leaders in scoring with 35.3 ppg. and in total offensive yardage with an impressive average of 401.1 yards per contest. Through the air alone, UNH averaged 245.4 yards per game.
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