CHARLOTTE, N.C. – University of New Hampshire football players Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.), Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.), Brian McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.) and Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) were all named to the 2011 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) D-I FCS Watch List on Thursday.
Evans, a junior, has already been named to Phil Steele's Preseason FCS All-American First Team, Phil Steele's Preseason All-CAA Team and to the Watch List for the 2011 Buck Buchanan Award, sponsored by Fathead.com, for the FCS's most outstanding defensive player. The 6-foot, 233-pound middle linebacker ranked second in FCS football with 156 tackles last season, which was the second-highest single-season total in UNH history. His 79 solo stops ranked third nationally, and his 12.0 tackles per game placed him fifth in the FCS. He was feted as a College Sporting News Sweet-63 All-America, a Walter Camp FCS All-America, A.P. All-America Second Team and All-CAA Second Team. Evans 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).
MacArthur, a sophomore kicker, was named to the All-CAA Third Team in 2010 after converting 10 of 13 field goal attempts, connecting successfully on all 24 PATs and pacing the Wildcats with 54 points. The nutrition major was named to the CAA Academic All-Conference Team and received the 2010-11 CAA Commissioner's Academic Award.
McNally, a senior co-captain, has been tabbed to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, Phil Steele's Preseason All-American Second Team and Phil Steele's Preseason All-CAA Team. In 2010, the 6-foot-3, 266-pound defensive end was named a College Sporting News Sweet-63 All-America, an ECAC All-Star, FCS All-New England and All-CAA First Team after setting UNH's all-time single-season record with a CAA-leading 13.5 sacks.
Peters, a junior, was named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-CAA Second Team after earning All-CAA Third Team honors a year ago when he rushed for a team-leading 707 yards on 142 attempts (5.0 yards per carry) and a team-best seven rushing touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound tailback posted the CAA's top single-game rushing total with his career-high 197 yards on 19 carries in the Wildcats' season-opening triumph against Central Connecticut State on Sept. 4.
About College Football Performance Awards (CFPA):
The goal of CFPA is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase overall effectiveness of their teams.
All D-I FCS players are eligible for weekly, annual and career awards at their respective positions. The 2011 D-I FCS National Performer of the Year will receive a 22-inch K-9 optic crystal trophy with an eight-inch K-9 optic crystal football on top.
As prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines note, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate balloting-based awards. Furthermore, CFPA has received praise from both Republican and Democratic White House officials for promoting objectivity and fairness in college football. For more information and the complete Watch List, visit www.collegefootballperformance.com.
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