DAVIDSON, N.C. - University of New Hampshire senior linebacker Shane McNeely (Whitehall, Pa.) was named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Linebacker Award Watch List on Monday, May 26.
The list comprises 38 returning linebackers who are competing for the CFPA award as the one who increases the overall effectiveness of their team the most in the Football Championship Subdivision.
McNeely, who started 14 of 15 games last season, ranked second on the team in tackles with 120 including 14 for a loss, six of which were sacks. He forced three fumbles while recovering another and added two interceptions in his benchmark season. The 6-foot-2, 248-pound linebacker finished 10th among his CAA peers in tackles for both overall games (8.0 per game) and conference-only games (7.9 per game). His three forced fumbles tied for third in the CAA, and the two in league games tied for second.
Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration. For more information, visit www.collegefootballperformance.com.
McNeely, who recorded a career-high 12 tackles at the University at Albany (Nov. 16), had a big game against Lafayette College (Nov. 20) in the Wildcats' 45-7 NCAA first round victory. With seven total tackles (five solo), 1.5 sacks for a loss of 10 yards, as well as forcing a fumble, McNeely helped lead the team past the Leopards.
In the NCAA FCS quarterfinal game against Southeastern Louisiana University, McNeely had a season-high seven solo tackles as well as three tackles for a loss for a total of six yards in UNH's 20-17 victory.
After ending a record breaking 2013 campaign, the University of New Hampshire Wildcats open the 2014 season Saturday, August 30 at the University of Toledo.
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