52 Matt Evans
52 Matt Evans
Height: 6-0
Weight: 227
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Hanover, Mass.
High School: Thayer Academy
Position: LB
Major: Business Administration: Management

The son of Kenneth and Deborah Evans... born 7-25-89 in Hanover, Mass.


2011 Statistics
Buck Buchanan  Award winner as national defensive player of year... Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American... Phil Steele's All-America First Team... The Sports Network/Fathead.com All-America... College Sports Madness All-American... Beyond Sports College Network National Defensive Player of the Year...  College Football Performance Awards Elite Linebacker Award... A.P. All-America Second Team... Gold Helmet Award as New England's FCS Player of the Year... All-CAA First Team... All-New England Team... received CAA Commissioner's Academic Award... led nation with 7.67 solo tackles/game and ranked second in country with 165 total tackles, the second-most in UNH single-season history... amassed double-digit tackles in 10 of 12 games... garnered Beyond Sports Network Defensive Player of Week award after Nov. 12 Towson game... named CFPA LB Performer of Week after Nov. 5 James Madison game... earned CAA Defensive Player of Week, College Sporting News All-Star and Beyond Sports Network Defensive Player of Week award following Oct. 22 UMass game... received honorable mention as CFPA Linebacker Performer of Week after Sept. 24 Richmond game... named CAA Defensive Player of Week and Beyond Sports Network Defensive Player of Week for performance in Sept. 10 game at Lehigh...   started all 12 games at MLB... led team with 165 tackles and 92 unassisted tackles... added 3 interceptions for team-leading 102 INT-return yards and 2 pick-sixes... posted 7.5 tackles for loss, including 2 sacks, 3 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles, fumble recovery and 2 QB hurries... collected 11 tackles and returned INT 58 yards for a TD in NCAA second-round playoff loss at Montana State... made 12 tackles in win over Maine... notched team-best 19 tackles, including a sack, in loss at Towson... paced team with 17 tackles, including a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in win vs James Madison... registered 9 tackles and an interception in win over Rhode Island... made team-high 13 tackles, all solo, forced 2 fumbles and recorded a pass breakup in Colonial Clash win over UMass at Gillette Stadium... tallied 13 tackles in loss at William & Mary... posted 8 tackles in win over Villanova... made 11 tackles in win over Holy Cross... made 14 tackles and notched 31-yard pick-six in win at Richmond... set career highs with 24 tackles and 17 solo stops in win at Lehigh...  led team with 14 tackles in loss at Toledo... named to College Sporting News Preseason All-America Team... selected to Preseason CAA All-Conference Team... tabbed to The Sports Network/Fathead.com Preseason All-America First Team... named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-American First Team and Preseason All-CAA Team... named to preseason Buck Buchanan Award Watch List... tabbed to CFPA D-I FCS Watch List... named College Sports Madness Preseason All-America First Team 

 2010 Statistics
Named College Sporting News Sweet-63 All-America... named to All-CAA Second Team... named to The Sports Network/Fathead.com All-America Second Team... named to A.P. All-America Second Team... named Walter Camp FCS All-America... finished fourth in voting for Buck Buchanan Award... named CAA Defensive  Player of the Week three times (Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 22)... won weekly Gold Helmet Award (Oct. 20)... named ECAC Defensive Player of Week (Oct. 18)... ranked third in FCS D-I football with 156 tackles, the second-highest single-season total in UNH history... 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... in addition to pacing team with 156 tackles, also led in unassisted stops (79), finished second with four sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss; added two interceptions, returning one for TD (vs. Towson, Nov. 20), secured two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles...posted team-high 11 tackles, with one sack, in NCAA D-I quarterfinal loss at No. 5 Delaware... collected team-leading 10 tackles in NCAA second-round playoff win at No. 13 Bethune-Cookman... made 7 tackles, forced a fumble and recorded a 25-yard pick-six in win over Towson... led team with 15 tackles in win at No. 9 Villanova... posted career-high 20 tackles in loss to No. 4 William & Mary... led squad with 13 tackles, forced a fumble and registered an interception in victory over UMass at inaugural Colonial Clash, earning the Bill Knight Trophy as game's MVP... notched team-high 14 tackles, with one sack, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble in upset win at No. 6 James Madison... tied for team lead with 12 tackles, including a sack and a fumble recovery, in homecoming win over No. 11 Richmond... amassed 12 tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a half sack, in loss at Maine... totaled 10 tackles in win over Lehigh... paced team with 11 tackles in loss at Rhode Island... made 7 tackles in loss at Pittsburgh... recorded team-leading 14 tackles, including a half sack, in season-opening victory over Central Connecticut State

Played in 12 games for the ‘Cats...racked up 13 tackles, including eight solo efforts...tallied multiple tackles in three games...notched a career-high three tackles against Dartmouth (Sept. 26)...recovered one fumble

Redshirt season

Career Highs:
    Solo    17, at Lehigh, 2011
    Assist    11, vs W&M, 2010
    Total    24, at Lehigh, 2011
Sacks        1.0, 5x, last at Towson, 2011
Interceptions        1, 5x, last at Montana State, 2011
        notes: at Richmond, 2011 (31-yard TD)
               vs Towson, 2010 (25-yard TD)
                at Montana State, 2011 (58-yard TD)
Fumbles Forced        2, at UMass, 2011
Fumbles Rec.        1, 3x, last vs James Madison, 2011
     note: at James Madison, 2010 (17-yd TD return)

Before UNH
Lettered in football, lacrosse and basketball at Thayer Academy...totaled 72 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception during his senior season...on offense, rushed for 827 yards and 12 touchdowns...named to the Super 26 All-State team...a two-time All-Scholastic Patriot Ledger selection...an All New England selection...named to the Shriner All-Star game

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