DAVIDSON, N.C. – University of New Hampshire quarterback Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) was named the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Division I FCS National Performer of the Week and the Quarterback Performer of the Week on Monday. Wildcat wide receiver Joey Orlando (Bethlehem, Pa.) was recognized as the National Punt Returner Performer of the Week.
Decker registered the first 300-yard passing day of his career when he completed 23 of 34 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns in UNH's 48-41 overtime victory at Lehigh last Saturday. The senior co-captain also rushed 11 times for 44 yards and two touchdowns in the triumph. Decker leads the CAA in passing yards per game (246.0), total offense (282.5), passing yards (492), scoring (20 points) and his four TD passes are tied for most in the league.
Orlando, who was also named the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, scored a career-high three touchdowns, including the 25-yard game-winning reception from Decker on the first play of overtime. The junior wide receiver collected a personal-best 166 yards on 10 catches, which matched a personal single-game high. Playing in front of his hometown fans, Orlando registered a 17-yard TD reception in the second quarter that put him over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for his career, and he returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. It was the first punt return for a score by a Wildcat since now-Chicago Bear Corey Graham's 51-yarder against Stony Brook on Sept. 16, 2006. Through two games, Orlando leads the CAA in catches (16), receptions per game (8.0), receiving yards per game (107.5) and is tied for second in scoring (9.0 points per game).
For the second straight week, punter Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) received honorable mention as the CFPA Punter Performer of the Week. The sophomore punted four times for 186 yards, averaging 46.5 yards per punt with a long of 57. MacArthur paces the CAA in punting average (46.8 yards per punt) through two weeks of action.
No.11/12 UNH has a bye this week before challenging No. 6/9 Richmond at Robins Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m. UNH's first home game at Cowell Stadium is slated for Saturday, Oct. 1, against Holy Cross at 12 p.m. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, x 5.
The goal of CFPA is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. For more information, visit www.collegefootballperformance.com.