PHILADELPHIA – Tad McNeely (Whitehall, Pa.), a redshirt freshman offensive lineman on the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire football team, was named to the 2013 College Sports Journal FCS All-Freshman First Team Offense on Friday afternoon.
McNeely was in the starting lineup all 13 games in which he played. He opened the season at left guard for four games, then missed consecutive games against the University of Rhode Island (Oct. 12) and Villanova University (Oct. 19). He returned to the lineup Oct. 26 at Stony Brook University, but this time at center because injury had forced Mike Coccia (Bethlehem, Pa.) to the sideline. McNeely was UNH's starting center the last nine games overall.
With McNeely at center during a six-game winning streak, the Wildcats averaged 461.7 yards and 33.3 points per game, which was above their season averages of 432.4 yards and 30.8 points. In the national rankings, those overall numbers ranked 29th in yards/game and 34th in scoring; the 'Cats also ranked No. 8 in the nation in first downs as they moved the chains a total of 329 times.
UNH capped its nation-leading 10th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance in 2013 with its first trip to the semifinals and a 10-5 overall record that included 6-2 in the CAA.