|CAA Defensive Player of Week|
RICHMOND, Va. – University of New Hampshire junior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Week and junior wide receiver Joey Orlando (Bethlehem, Pa.) was tabbed the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. The Wildcats' duo was honored on the heels of No. 13/16 UNH's thrilling 48-41, overtime victory at No. 14/14 Lehigh on Saturday afternoon.
Evans, a member of the preseason CAA All-Conference Team, earned the honor after collecting a career-high 24 tackles, including 17 solo stops and one tackle for loss. It is his fourth career CAA Defensive Player of the Week award. The middle linebacker leads all of FCS football with 38 total tackles, 19.0 tackles per game and 25 solo stops through the season's first two weeks. The 24 tackles were the most recorded by a CAA player since Richmond's Adam Goloboski made 26 tackles against Delaware on Nov. 13, 2004.
Orlando notched his first career CAA weekly award after returning a punt 56 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of Saturday's victory in his hometown. 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. Orlando also tallied a career-best 166 receiving yards on a career-high-tying 10 receptions, scoring on a 17-yard grab in the second quarter that put him over 1,000 receiving yards for his career and on the game-winning 25-yard TD catch on the first play of overtime. 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).
The Wildcats enjoy a bye this week before challenging No. 9/11 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.