January 8, 2013

Football's Dontra Peters Invited to Texas vs The Nation All-Star Game

DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire senior football player Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) has been invited to play in the Texas vs The Nation All-Star Game scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas. The showcase event pits collegiate all-stars with ties to the Lone Star State against top seniors from around the country. Opening kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. (EST).

The Texas vs the Nation All-Star Game, established in 2006, consists of approximately 54 draft-eligible players representing Division I, II and III football teams from across the nation. From the previous five games, over 100 players have been selected in the NFL Draft and more than 500 players have signed with NFL teams. Each year, the NFL, CFL and other professional football leagues send more than 200 scouts, front office personnel, senior executives and coaches to evaluate the talent.

Peters notched a place on the All-CAA Second Team and All-New England Team as a cornerback in his lone season playing the position. The co-captain nabbed four interceptions to tie for third in the league and added four pass breakups. Peters was recognized as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 1 after tallying a pair of interceptions, three tackles and his first career half-sack in a 34-14 upset win against then No. 8 Delaware at Cowell Stadium. He claimed the honor a second time (Oct. 29) after picking off a pass, forcing a fumble and racking up five tackles in a 40-20 triumph at Rhode Island.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder finished the season with 49 tackles, including 41 solo, in nine games. He added 10 kickoff returns for 268 yards, with a long of 44 yards and an average of 26.8 yards/return.

The Annapolis, Md., native spent three seasons as a running back for the Wildcats, and he was the leading rusher in both 2010 (142 rushes-707 yards), when he earned a spot on the All-CAA Third Team, and 2011 (117 rushes-595 yards). In '11, he tied a school record with 31 kickoff returns and ranked second in the CAA with 139.4 all-purpose yards/game. Peters ended his UNH career with 1,480 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns, 39 receptions and 3,039 all-purpose yards.

No. 13/13 UNH qualified for the NCAA Division I Football Championship for the ninth straight season –the longest active FCS streak- before losing its second-round game, 23-7, at No. 9 Wofford on Dec. 1. The Wildcats, co-champions of the CAA, concluded their season with an 8-4 record.

For more information about the UNH football team, visit www.unhwildcats.com. For more information on the Texas vs the Nation All-Star Game, visit www.texasvsthenation.com.

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