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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire football team concludes spring practice with the annual Blue-White scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Cowell Stadium. Team Wild takes on Team Cats in the exhibition game beginning at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.
|James Jenkins | Team Wild|
Team Wild, which will be donning the home blue jerseys, will be led on offense by senior quarterback and co-captain Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) and junior signal caller James Brady (Deer Park, N.Y.). The running attack will feature junior tailback Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.), who will share the carries with redshirt freshman backs Jimmy Owens (West Deptford, N.J.) and Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J.). Senior Chris Chandler (Wakefield, Mass.) and junior Joey Orlando (Bethlehem, Pa.) will headline a receiving corps that should also feature Mickey Mangieri (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and Tim Farina (Campton, N.H.).
TENTATIVE TEAM WILD ROSTER
Defensively, Team Wild will be led by senior defensive backs Anthony Gorrell (Clayton, N.J.) and Jason Roach (Dorchester, Mass.). Senior James Jenkins (Paterson, N.J.) and sophomore Jay Colbert (Longhorne, Pa.) will anchor the front line, and senior linebacker John Duffey (Tarentum, Pa.) will provide solid support in the front seven.
Defensive coordinator John Lyons will coach Team Wild.
|Rod Walker | Team Cats|
Team Cats will play in the white uniforms, with a pair of redshirt freshmen handling quarterback duties: Alex Park (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) and Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.). Sophomores Derek Coppola (North Reading, Mass.) and Chris Setian (East Longmeadow, Mass.) should share the bulk of running duties with redshirt freshman Matt Carini (Franklin, Mass.). The wide receiving unit includes sophomore Justin Mello (Dartmouth, Mass.) and redshirt freshmen Jimmy Giansante (Jefferson Hills, Pa.) and R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.).
TENTATIVE TEAM CATS ROSTER
The Team Cats defense will be powered by All-America senior defensive end and co-captain Brian McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.) and All-America junior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) up front, and seniors Kyle Flemings (Forty Fort, Pa.) and Rod Walker (Portsmouth, N.H.) guiding the experienced secondary.
Offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey will call the shots for Team Cats.
Among a group of players who will see action for both squads is senior wide receiver Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.), who is looking to make the transition to the gridiron after completing a tremendous four-year career for the men's basketball team by averaging a team-leading 15.4 points per game and eclipsing the 1,000-point mark en route to a place on the America East All-Conference Second Team.
For more information on the UNH football team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.