Evans Named College Sports Madness Football All-American
DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire junior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named to the College Sports Madness National FCS Football All-American Team on Tuesday. Evans posted 165 tackles for the Wildcats, the second-highest, single-season total in school history and the second-most in the nation.
Evans, who was feted as the 2011 Gold Helmet Award winner as New England's top FCS player, tops the country with 92 solo tackles and 7.67 solo tackles/game. The All-CAA First-Team and All-New England First-Team selection is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, presented to the nation's top FCS defensive player, for the second straight year.
The 6-foot, 227-pound LB registered double-digit tackles in 10 of 12 games this season and 21 of his last 25 games, including a career-high 24 tackles at then-No. 14 Lehigh on Sept. 10 and a 13-tackle, two-forced fumble performance in the Colonial Clash victory against then-No. 22 Massachusetts on Oct. 22. Evans notched three interceptions, including a 31-yard pick-six at then-No. 5 Richmond on Sept. 24 and a 58-yard pick-six in the Wildcats' NCAA Division I FCS second-round playoff loss at seventh-ranked Montana State on Dec. 3. Evans forced three fumbles, recovered a fumble and notched two sacks.
With 334 career tackles, Evans is ranked No. 5 in University history and will go into his senior campaign just 100 tackles shy of the school's top spot.
Evans was previously selected to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-America First Team, Phil Steele's Preseason All-American First Team, The Sports Network/Fathead.com Preseason All-America First Team and College Sporting News Preseason All-America Team.
As a sophomore in 2010, Evans ranked third in FCS football with 156 tackles, which is now the third-highest, single-season total at UNH. Following the season he garnered Walter Camp FCS All-America honors, was tabbed to the College Sporting News Sweet-63 All-America team, The Sports Network/Fathead.com All-America Second Team, A.P. All-America Second Team, All-CAA Second Team and finished fourth in voting for the Buchanan Award.