PHILADELPHIA – Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) and Dino Vasso (Crum Lynne, Pa.) of the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team were named to the 2010 The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS All-America Second Team on Wednesday.
It is the third All-America accolade this season for Evans, a sophomore linebacker. Earlier this month, he was named to the AP All-America Football Second Team as well as the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2010 FCS All-America Team.
Vasso, a senior cornerback, has also received All-America recognition from three organizations this season. In addition to The Sports Network/Fathead.com honor, he was also selected to the 2010 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches' All-America Team as well as the AP All-America Football Second Team.
The All-America duo helped lead UNH to the fifth-ranked scoring defense (16.46 points allowed per game) as well as the 16th-ranked pass defense.
Vasso, a senior captain and four-year starter for the Wildcats, tallied a team-high six interceptions in 2010, and his 18 career picks are two shy of the school record. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound defensive back's 14 passes defended are tied for the CAA lead, and he tied for the team lead in pass breaks-ups (eight). Vasso compiled 59 tackles, 42 solo, and in 51 career games at UNH -50 starts- ranked 10th all-time with 289 tackles. Vasso's other 2010 accolades include All-CAA First Team and the All-New England Team.
Evans ranks second nationally with 156 tackles, which also represents the second-highest single-season total in UNH history, and his 79 solo stops rank third in FCS football. The 6-0, 210-pound middle linebacker was the Wildcats' leader in tackles in nine of their 13 games, notched double-digit tackles 11 times and set a career high with 20 stops Nov. 6 versus William & Mary. Overall, Evans posted four sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, including a 25-yard pick-six against Towson (Nov. 20), three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, highlighted by a 17-yard touchdown return at James Madison (Oct. 16). Evans was also named to the All-CAA Second Team earlier this year.
New Hampshire advanced to the NCAA postseason for the seventh consecutive year – the longest active streak – and ended the year with an 8-5 overall record that included five victories against nationally-ranked teams.