DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire senior defensive lineman Jimmy Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) was presented the Todd Walker Teammate Award by football head coach Sean McDonnell in a ceremony held Saturday at the Walk of Memory in front of the UNH Field House.
Members of the football family, including players, coaches, alumni and friends, gathered with coach McDonnell for the third annual presentation of the award named in memory of former Wildcat wide receiver Todd Walker. Walker suffered an untimely and heroic death March 18, 2011, in Boulder, Colo., when he stopped an attempted robbery and saved the life of a woman he was walking home. Walker would have turned 23 years old May 1.
Todd's parents, Mark and Pam Walker, were on hand for the ceremony.
Vailas was recognized for his selflessness and dedication as the ideal teammate. The 6-foot-3, 261-pound lineman, who made his first career start in the Wildcats' season-opening 38-17 win at Holy Cross on Aug. 30, finished the season with two tackles and tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries in seven games before an upper body injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year. Vailas has amassed 11 career tackles and three fumble recoveries in 20 all-time games as a Wildcat.
Previous recipients of the Todd Walker Award are former UNH defensive back Jason Roach (2011) and now senior wide receiver Tim Farina (Campton, N.H., 2012).
The Wildcats conclude spring came with the annual Blue-White Game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. For all the latest information on UNH football, visit www.unhwildcats.com or follow @UNHWildcats on Twitter. To purchase 2013 UNH football season tickets, call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.