Evans and McNally Named to College Sporting News Sweet 63 All-America Team
PHILADELPHIA – Junior defensive end Brian McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.) and sophomore linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire football team were named to the College Sporting News Sweet 63 Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team on Thursday.
McNally set the UNH single-season sack record with a CAA league-leading 13.5. He capped the 2010 campaign with 42 tackles, including 25 solo stops, with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. McNally's other honors this season included ECAC All-Star, All-New England Team, Phil Steele's FCS All-America Third Team, and All-CAA First Team.
Evans ranked second nationally with 156 tackles, which also represented the second-highest single-season total in UNH history, and his 79 solo stops ranked third in FCS football. He was the Wildcats' leader in tackles in nine of 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 a 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 named to both The Sports/Network/Fathead.com All-America Second Team and All-CAA Second Team earlier this year.
The CSN All-America team differs from all other honor squads in that it is designed like an actual team that could take the field and play in an actual game. It has everything from quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and a full defense to a complete special teams unit that includes a long snapper.
This is also the first year that the CSN All-America squad has featured 63 players, a number that signifies the amount of scholarships available to teams at the FCS level.
All 14 FCS conferences and 37 different teams are represented on the 63-player unit. The Colonial Athletic Association topped all leagues with 13 selections.
New Hampshire advanced to the NCAA postseason for the seventh consecutive year – the longest active streak – and ended the 2010 season with an 8-5 overall record that included five victories against nationally-ranked teams.