DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) has been named to the College Sporting News 2012 Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team. Evans was one of six linebackers feted among the top 50 players in FCS football.
Evans, who played in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19, led the CAA with 126 total tackles, which ranked 19th in the country, and he tacked on a nation-best 87 solo tackles in his final season as a Wildcat. The UNH co-captain, who became the University's all-time tackle leader Nov. 3 in a home win against William & Mary, capped his illustrious career with 460 stops and 266 solo tackles; both totals ranked first among all FCS players that were active in 2012.
The Hanover, Mass., native was previously recognized as a Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America for the third time, becoming just the fourth player –and third from UNH (Ricky Santos, David Ball)- to garner that honor three times. The 6-foot, 228-pounder also garnered A.P. All-America, AFCA Coaches' All-America, The Sports Network All-America, Beyond Sports Network All-America Second Team, All-CAA First Team and All-New England Team. College Sports Madness recognized the middle linebacker as its CAA Defensive Player of the Year and as an All-America Second-Team performer. Evans, the 2011 Buck Buchanan Award winner as the national defensive player of the year, closed out the season with six straight double-digit tackle games (seven overall) and led the Wildcats in tackles nine times in 12 games.
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.
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