CHICAGO—Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was recently named a first-team All-American by the College Sporting News.
    Santos, who has been named an All-American on every major squad released to date, enters his final season needing just one more passing touchdown to reach 100 for his career to break the all-time CAA record of 99.
    The 2006 Walter Payton Award Winner has also topped the 10,000-yard passing mark (10,240) and is on pace to move among the best quarterbacks ever at the NCAA FCS level in terms of NCAA passing statistics.
    One of his most eye-catching numbers is his career completion percentage of 67.3, after he completed 866-1,286 passes in three seasons as a starter at UNH. He has also averaged 263 passing yards per game during his career.
    Named a co-captain for the 2007 season, Santos was one of just four players to repeat on the All-America squad and he is one of only 12 players who were named the 2006 College Sporting News postseason squad.
    The UNH football team, which plays its first game on Sept. 8 at James Madison, has been ranked as high as third in 2007 preseason polls by “Street and Smith”s and no lower than seventh overall.
    Work also continues on UNH’s brand new state-of-the-art FieldTurf playing surface, which is expected to be showcased on Sept. 22 when the Wildcats play their home-opener vs. Granite-State rival Dartmouth. Game time is 12 p.m. and tickets are available at The game will be shown live on WMUR-TV (Channel 9) and can be heard live on the UNH Sports Radio Network.
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