PHILADELPHIA – University of New Hampshire junior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named to the 2011 The Sports Network/Fathead.com All-America Team on Monday. Evans led the nation with 7.67 solo tackles/game and registered 165 total tackles, the second-most in the country and the second-highest, single-season total in school history.
Evans's previous accolades include a berth on the A.P. All-America Second Team, the Gold Helmet Award as New England's top FCS player, College Sports Madness All-American, All-CAA First Team and All-New England Team. Additionally, the 6-foot, 227-pound LB is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award for the top defensive player in the FCS for the second consecutive year.
Evans tallied 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.
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