Football's Harris, O'Neill Named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-American Teams
DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) was named Tuesday to Phil Steele's 2013 Preseason FCS All-American Second Team, and offensive lineman Seamus O'Neill (Manchester, N.H.) has been tabbed to the publication's All-American Third Team.
Harris, who is Phil Steele's No. 5 wide receiver nationally, and O'Neill (No. 8 OT) garnered spots on Phil Steele's Preseason All-CAA First Team, while tight end Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa./No. 7 TE) earned a berth on the Second Team. Running back Nico Steriti (Toms River, N.J./No. 20 RB), offensive lineman Mike Coccia (Bethlehem, Pa./No. 5 C), safety Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J./No. 30 S) and kicker/punter Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H./No. 23 K, No. 45 P) were named to the Third Team.
Harris, a junior, has been named to both the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Wide Receiver Award Watch List and All-Purpose Performer Watch List to go along with his selection to the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Preseason All-America Second Team and The Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America Third Team. In 2012, Harris earned a spot on the All-CAA First Team, the All-New England Team, the College Sports Madness All-CAA First Team and the ECAC D-I FCS All-Star Team after notching 84 receptions for 1,059 yards; those single-season totals ranked fourth (catches) and sixth (yards) in UNH history. The 6-foot, 192-pound wide receiver ranked second in the CAA in receptions/game (7.0) and receiving yards/game (88.2), and his nine TD catches ranked third in the league. The native of Odenton, Md., added 153 rushing yards on 14 carries and three kickoff returns for 57 yards to rank sixth in the CAA in all-purpose yards/game (105.8). With 134 catches and 1,773 receiving yards, Harris is 21 receptions and 140 yards shy of reaching the University's career Top 10 in those categories.
O'Neill, a senior co-captain, was previously named to The Sports Network Preseason All-America Third Team and the BSN Preseason All-America Second Team. The offensive lineman, who started all 12 games at left tackle last season, anchored the line for an offense that ranked second in the CAA in scoring (34.1 points/game), total offense (451.5 yards/game) and first downs (22.1/game) while placing third in rushing (220.8 yards/game) and passing (230.8 yards/game). He was subsequently named an ECAC All-Star and earned a place on both the All-CAA First Team and the College Sports Madness All-CAA First Team to go along with BSN All-America Honorable Mention.
Spears, a junior who was placed on the CFPA Tight End Award Watch List, was named to the All-CAA Third Team and College Sports Madness All-CAA Second Team last season after compiling 20 receptions for 305 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games, including 10 starts. Off the field, Spears garnered CAA Academic All-Conference Team recognition.
Steriti, a junior, was tabbed to the CFPA Running Back Award Watch List after pacing the Wildcats with 963 rushing yards on 140 carries last season in 12 games, including five starts. The All-CAA Second Team running back ranked sixth in the league in rushing yards/game (76.8), accumulated five 100-yard rushing performances and scored a team-leading nine rushing touchdowns. He ranked 10th in the CAA in all-purpose yards/game (101.5) and scoring/game (5.0 points) among non-kickers.
Coccia, a junior who has started all 24 games of his collegiate career at center, was named to the All-CAA Third Team and College Sports Madness All-CAA Third Team last season.
Asam, a senior co-captain, is on the CFPA Defensive Back Award Watch List after earning All-CAA Second Team recognition in 2012. The strong safety, who has started 24 straight games, compiled 76 tackles, including 57 solo stops, to rank second on the squad last year. Asam enters the season as the team's active leader in career tackles (151).
MacArthur, a senior who was previously named to the CFPA Placekicker Award Watch List, was feted to Phil Steele's Preseason All-CAA Third Team as both a kicker and punter. The 2012 All-CAA Third Team and College Sports Madness All-CAA Third Team kicker ranked third in the league in field goals/game (0.92) and sixth in scoring (5.9 points/game). MacArthur went 11-for-14 in field goal attempts with a long of 43 yards; he punted 47 times for 1,651 yards with a long of 71 yards. Past honors include All-CAA Second Team (2011) and All-CAA Third Team (2010) at kicker.
The FCS All-Conference and All-American teams were provided strictly for PhilSteele.com by Josh Buchanan of JBScouting.com.
After winning the 2012 CAA football co-championship, the Wildcats open the 2013 season at Central Michigan of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) on Saturday, Sept. 7 (3 p.m., ESPN3). UNH owns the nation's longest streaks for consecutive playoff appearances (nine) and consecutive weeks ranked (126).
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