Jay Colbert, Football
Jay, a senior from Langhorne, Pa., spearheaded the UNH football team’s defensive effort with a career-high three sacks as the 15th-ranked Wildcats defeated Lafayette College, 45-7, in an NCAA first round playoff game Nov. 30 at Cowell Stadium.
The defensive end finished with a total of five tackles, four of which were for a total loss of 26 yards. The three sacks, which doubled his season total, were for 22 yards.
Jay set the tone of the game early by sacking Lafayette quarterback Drew Reed for a seven-yard loss on the first play from scrimmage. Jay’s second sack, this time for eight yards, forced the Leopards into a third-and-long that they did not convert. His third sack of the day on a 3rd-and-12 play in the third quarter once again forced the visitors to punt. Jay punctuated the third quarter by tackling Reed for a four-yard loss.
In 12 games, Jay has tallied 36 tackles (23 solo, 13 assisted) with six sacks and a fumble recovery. He recorded a career-high seven tackles (two solo, five assisted) Nov. 16 at the University at Albany.
Jay started all 12 games last year as a junior after missing the entire 2011 season due to injury. He finished with 26 tackles, including seven for a loss. In 26 career games – one game played in 2009 – Jay has 25 unassisted tackles and 14 assisted tackles for 39 total tackles.