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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Since the FCS sub-division originated in 1978, a few select players have emerged that captivated the nation throughout their career.
Steve McNair, Dave Dickenson, Adrian Peterson and Brian Westbrook all earned high accolades in the last decade and a half, and went on to successful pro careers. Jaime Martin, Tracy Ham and the legendary Jerry Rice all put their stamp on the early history of the sub-classification.
After three seasons, Ricky Santos is already in select company because of his individual and team accomplishments with the New Hampshire Wildcats. And he has a chance to eclipse all of the legends by winning a second Walter Payton Award.
The Bears on Monday signed fifth-round draft pick Corey Graham, a cornerback from New Hampshire, to a four-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.
Graham is the third of the Bears’ nine draft picks to come to terms, following third-round running back Garrett Wolfe and fifth-round safety Kevin Payne.
Corey Graham became the first New Hampshire player selected in the draft since the Bears chose Jerry Azumah in 1999.
“It’s a great feeling,” Graham said. “Getting drafted by the Bears was great for me, and to sign my contract was exciting. Getting a deal done and not having to worry about that, now I can focus on playing football.”
05/22/2007 DURHAM, N.H.—The first AnyGivenSaturday.com Preseason FCS Poll was recently released and the University of New Hampshire football team was picked to finish seventh in the nation.
The Wildcats are coming off another successful season, where the squad advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third consecutive time and posted a 9-4 overall record. Over the past three seasons, UNH has recorded an impressive 30-9 overall mark under the direction of ninth-year head coach Sean McDonnell.
National champion Appalachian State led the way with (97) first-place votes, followed by Montana (16), North Dakota State, Youngstown State, Massachusetts (1), Northern Iowa (1), UNH, James Madison, Furman and Cal Poly to round out the top 10.
05/09/2007 DURHAM, N.H.—Three members of the University of New Hampshire football team have been inducted into the inaugural class of the National Football Foundation’s National Honor Society.
Senior defensive back Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.), who was picked in the fifth round of the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears, senior wide receiver Evan Loring (Chocorua, N.H.) and senior defensive back A.J. Snook (Lebanon, Pa.) were among the 348 players from the 195 different schools that made up the class.
Graham checks in with a 3.2 cumulative GPA as a sociology major, Loring posted a 3.55 in Business Administration Graduate School and Snook has a 3.32 cumulative GPA as an International Business and Economics major.
DURHAM, N.H. – Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) of the University of New Hampshire football team and senior forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) of the Wildcat women’s basketball team were named the 2007 Jim Urquhart Student-Athletes of the Year on Tuesday night at the fourth annual senior awards banquet at the New England Center.
The award is named in memory of longtime UNH coach Jim Urquhart, who coached the New Hampshire men's lacrosse team for 17 years and the wrestling team for 11 seasons before taking the position as Associate Athletic Director of Event Management in 1997. He passed away after suffering a heart attack on Jan 14, 1998.
05/05/2007 DURHAM, N.H.— In a game where one UNH squad (The Cats) scored 42 points and the other (The Wild) scored 41 in the annual Blue/White football scrimmage on Saturday, it is clear that the University of New Hampshire offense is both deep and explosive once again in 2007.
Leading the way, as has been the case over the past three seasons, was senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.), the 2006 Walter Payton Award winner and newly-elected co-captain of the Wildcats. Santos, who connected on 15 of 25 passes for 253 yards, passed for three touchdowns on the afternoon, with a long pass of 65 yards to junior running back Matt O’Brien (Cambridge, Mass.). Santos also scored on passes to freshman tight end Seth Price (Grove City, Ohio) for 2 yards and another to sophomore wide receiver Travis Negron (San Diego, Calif.) for 19 yards (86 on the day). Santos had no interceptions.
UNH’s passing game stole the show, but the running game featured some long scoring plays led by redshirt freshman running back Sean Jellison (Amherst, N.H..), who scored on a 65 yard jaunt. He also reached paydirt on a 60-yard pass play from redshirt freshman quarterback R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.). Toman was solid on the afternoon, completing 16 of 28 attempts for 260 yards and two touchdowns.
DURHAM, N.H.— In addition to the news that University of New Hampshire defensive back Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.) was drafted in the fifth-round by the Chicago Bears, three other Wildcats will have an opportunity to make NFL rosters. Wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt. ) will join Graham in Chicago as a free agent, wide receiver Aaron Brown (Central Square, N.Y.) will work out with the Buffalo Bills and offensive lineman Tucker Peterson (Clarendon, Vt.) has been invited to the Washington Redskins camp.
UNH has had 11 players drafted in the history of the program, the most recent prior to Graham being Walter Payton Award winning running back Jerry Azumah, when he was picked in the fifth round by the Chicago Bears in 1999. The highest draft pick ever for a player in the Wildcat football program was third, when linebacker Steve Doig was picked by the Detroit Lions in 1984.
DURHAM, N.H.— Spring football practice will come to an end on Sat., May 5, when the University of New Hampshire football team will play its annual Blue/White Scrimmage at Cowell Stadium. The team will take the field at 12:30 p.m and admission is free.
Fans will have an opportunity to see how their favorite returning players have progressed this spring. One of extra interest has been junior wide receiver Mike Boyle (Plymouth, N.H.), a granite-stater who missed much of last season due to injury, but he is back and ready to contribute in the fall for the ‘Cats. In addition, the coaching staff is happy to have him back on special teams, where he will once again return punts and kicks.
Another story is the return of UNH’s top six ball carriers from last season, including the likes of senior starter Chris Ward (Waltham, Mass.) and sophomore Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.). Kackert led all running backs with 115 carries for 584 yards and five touchdowns. Two of his touchdowns were late game-winners in victories over Maine and Hampton.
DURHAM, N.H.—University of New Hampshire defensive back Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.) was selected in the fifth round of the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon, the same round and the same team that selected UNH running back Jerry Azumah in the fifth round, also as a defensive back.
UNH has had nine other players drafted by NFL teams. The highest draft pick ever for a player in the Wildcat football program was third, when linebacker Steve Doig was picked by the Detroit Lions in 1984.
The New Hampshire football program has had several players in the NFL in recent years. Presently Dan Kreider is with the Pittsburgh Steelers and helped them win a Superbowl. Also Randal Williams has had a long NFL career and is with the Oakland Raiders.
— The Wildcat Athletics Council will host the 17th annual Bill Knight - Bo Dickson Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, June 11, 2007 at the Windham Country Club in Windham, N.H. This golf tournament is a key fundraising event in support of scholarships for UNH student-athletes.
The Wildcat Athletics Council invites you to become a tournament sponsor. Our tournament provides a great opportunity for you to reward your employees, entertain clients and network with other community/business leaders who are all joining our tournament in support of UNH Athletics. The Wildcat Athletics Council is also seeking items for our silent auction and we would gladly accept anything you would like to donate. Please contact Brenda Holt-Mullaney
or Garin Veris
The cost for golf is $175 per person, which includes includes continental breakfast, cart, greens fees, snacks and the cookout. The deadline to signup is Friday, May 11. Registration on June 11th begins at 6:30 a.m. with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start (scramble format).
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04/02/2007 DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football team will kick off its 2007 Spring Practice starting Wed., April 4 and ending with the Annual Spring Scrimmage on May 5th at Cowell Stadium.
UNH head coach Sean McDonnell is looking to continue to build on the success his program has achieved over the past three seasons. The Wildcats are the only team in conference history to have advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament three consecutive times.
Fans are excited about the return of senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.), who was an All-American and the winner of the Walter Payton Award as the top player in all of I-AA football last season.
As a team, UNH returns a solid nucleus of seven starters on offense and six on defense, not to mention 38 returning letterwinners on the roster for 2007.
The coaching staff has undergone some changes since last season, as Sean Devine has been promoted to offensive coordinator and John Perry was hired to handle the UNH quarterbacks as the Associate Head Coach.
03/20/2007 DURHAM, N.H.— University of New Hampshire Athletics Director Marty Scarano announced today that Edward A. Fish, a long-time benefactor to the University of New Hampshire and a member of the Class of ’58, has given $1 million to initiate Phase 1 of UNH’s stadium project.
On the occasion of his gift, Mr. Fish said that a quote that has always impressed him since he heard it was from Sir Winston Churchill-“We make a living from what we get, we make a life from what we give.”- I am sure that this new field will enhance the lives of many student-athletes at UNH. I am very pleased to give something back to UNH for all that they have given to me.”
Beginning this summer, UNH Athletics will begin construction on a new state-of-the-art “FieldTurf” playing surface, to be completed before the start of the 2007 football season.
DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football staff will have a new look, but also feature some familiar faces heading into the 2007 football season.
One change is the promotion of 12th-year Assistant Coach Sean Devine from Offensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator to Offensive Coordinator. The other is the hiring of former Hofstra University offensive coordinator John Perry as Associate Head Coach. The announcement was made today by ninth-year head coach Sean McDonnell.
DURHAM, N.H.—Head Coach Sean McDonnell of the University of New Hampshire football team announced on Sunday at the annual team awards banquet that the team retired the No. 3 jersey of senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.). Ball is only the third player in Wildcat football history to have their number retired; the two others were former running back #25 Jerry Azumah in 1999 and #36 Bill Burnham in 1977.
Ball had an amazing year for the UNH football team and received tremendous media coverage after breaking several NCAA receiving marks, including the I-AA record for touchdown receptions in a career. He surpassed the mark of NFL legend Jerry Rice, who caught 50 touchdown passes while playing at Mississippi Valley State. Ball completes his career with 58 touchdown catches. Ball also finished second among the NCAA leaders with 4,655 receiving yards and he tied Rice’s mark for 100-yard receiving games with 23. He also was second all-time among the top I-AA players with 28 games with at least one touchdown catch.
03/07/2007 DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire football team honored nine of its members at their annual awards banquet on Sunday.
Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and also had the distinction of having his No. 3 jersey retired by the team. Ball becomes the third Wildcat in history to have his number retired, joining former running backs Bill Burnham (36) and Jerry Azumah (25).
02/07/2007 DURHAM, N.H.—Sean McDonnell, the ninth-year head football coach at the University of New Hampshire, announced today that 15 student-athletes have signed letters of intent to attend UNH and play football for the Wildcat football program.
“I believe that the UNH coaching staff did an outstanding job in addressing the team needs in many areas of our football squad,” said McDonnell. “I am extremely pleased that we were able to fill many of our needs at the skill positions on both offense and defense. I also feel that the athleticism and size potential of the offensive and defensive line recruits will help us to build on our recent success.”
01/25/2007 PHILADELPHIA – The Atlantic 10 Conference announced the 2006 Football Academic All-Conference Team recently and 12 members from the University of New Hampshire football team were honored, half of them seniors. Wide receiver Evan Loring (Chocorua, N.H), tight end Sean Lynch (Salem, N.H.), defensive back Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y), punter Matt Henry (Cresskill, N.J.), defensive back Terrell Lewis (New Haven C.T.) and defensive back A.J. Snook (Lebanon, P.A.) led the senior class.
DURHAM, N.H.—Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) of the University of New Hampshire football team is set to play in the East West Shrine Game on Sat., Jan. 20, at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. Eastern) and the contest can be seen live on ESPN2.
Ball reported for practice on Sat., Jan. 13th, and has been practicing each day with his East squad.
In addition to Ball, there are a few other I-AA names UNH fans will recognize on the East team, including Steve Baylark from Massachusetts and Alonzo Coleman and Justin Durant from Hampton. UNH played both teams in the NCAAs this past season.
01/17/2007 CAPE COD, Mass.—The awards and honors seem to keep rolling in for University of New Hampshire quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) who was named ECAC Player of the Year recently.
The announcement was made by ECAC Interim Commissioner Steve Bamford. Santos will receive the honor at the annual Eastern College Football Awards Banquet at the Pegasus Restaurant at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, N.J. on Feb. 15, 2007.
PHILADELPHIA, PA.—Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.), senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) and senior offensive lineman Tucker Peterson (Clarendon, Vt.) were all named to The Sports Network All-America Offensive squad.
--Junior quarterback Ricky Santos
(Bellingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named the winner of the prestigious Walter Payton Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding football player in I-AA/FCS football. He received the honor at the 20th annual “Sports Network” Division I-AA Football Awards dinner held at the Sheraton Read House Hotel on Thursday evening (Dec.14).
Santos, who was named a Walter Camp All-American and the Atlantic 10 Football Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year, passed for 29 touchdowns this season and led all players in the conference at the end of the regular season with 12 rushing touchdowns. He also topped the 3,000-yard passing mark for the third straight time in his career with 3,125 yards in 2006. Santos completed 293 of 432 pass attempts and threw only seven interceptions, giving him an impressive completion percentage of 67.8. A first-team All-Atlantic 10 selection, he has broken most of UNH’s career passing records and he was named “National Offensive Player of the Week” twice by “The Sports Network”.
DURHAM, N.H—Senior wide receiver David Ball(Orange, Vt.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was recently named this year’s recipient of the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding New England college football senior. He will receive the honor at the annual New England Football Writer’s Awards Dinner on Thursday evening.
12/08/2006 NEW HAVEN, CT – University of New Hampshire senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, VT), a three-time selection, headlines the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2006 Division 1-AA All-America team. The team was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the Division 1-AA football schools and certified by UHY, LLP, a New Haven-based accounting firm. On the season, Ball had a school-record 93 receptions for 1,114 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Wildcats. Ball finished his collegiate career with 58 touchdown receptions, a Division I-AA record. Ball’s teammate junior quarterback Ricky Santos, a Walter Payton Award finalist, is a repeat Walter Camp All-America honoree. Santos, a two-time Atlantic-10 Offensive Player of the Year recipient, passed for 3,125 yards and 29 touchdowns to help lead UNH to the 1-AA quarterfinal round for the third consecutive season.
AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 9 ranked University of New Hampshire football team was defeated by No. 3 ranked University of Massachusetts, 24-17 in the NCAA Division I Championship Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon in front of 17, 000 fans at a soldout McGuirk Stadium.
Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) posted his 99th career passing touchdown, which tied a Atlantic 10 record held by former Villanova quarterback Chris Boden, while senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) notched his 300th career reception as a Wildcat in the loss.
12/01/2006 DURHAM, N.H. — The New England Football Writers announced Wednesday that junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.), senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange Vt.) and senior offensive lineman Tucker Peterson (Clarendon, Vt.) of the University of New Hampshire were named to the All-New England Division I-AA Team.
11/28/2006 DURHAM, N.H. - NESN has secured the rights to air the UMass-New Hampshire NCAA Quarterfinal football game in the New England market on Sat., Dec. 2. The contest, which is produced by ESPN Syndication, will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. The game will also be available on various other outlets across the nation and on ESPN Game Plan, the Pay-Per-View package.The game will be part of NESN University, the network's new enterprise featuring area college teams.
—Fans of the University of New Hampshire Wildcats are invited to a reception prior to the UNH football team’s NCAA playoff game against the University of Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday, Dec. 2, in Warren McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, Mass., at 2:30 p.m. The reception will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at tents set up on the north east side of the stadium, behind the visiting team's bleachers in Minute Fan Park.
UNH TO PLAY REMATCH GAME AT MASSACHUSETTS IN NCAA DIVISION I FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINAL MATCHUP:
There are only eight teams left in the NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs and two of them from the Atlantic 10 will be playing each other in New Hampshire and Massachusetts on Saturday, (Dec. 2) at 2:30 p.m. The two teams met earlier this season and the Minutemen held on for the 28-20 victory as UNH ran out of time attempting to score and tie the game with a two-point conversion as the clock ran down. The Wildcats are the only team in the Atlantic 10 Football Conference to advance to the quarterfinals three straight years, while Massachusetts won the National Championship title back in 1998 and is coming off an impressive first-round victory over Lafayette (35-14).
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named one of the top three finalists eligible to win the Walter Payton Award, which is presented annually to the top player in all of I-AA football by “The Sports Network”.
Northern Arizona quarterback Jason Murrietta, Santos, and Southern Illinois running back Arkee Whitlock will all be present at the 20th Annual I-AA College Football Awards in Chattanooga, Tenn, on Dec. 14.
DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football team, on the heels of its exciting first-round playoff victory at Hampton University on Nov. 25, has moved on for a quarterfinal contest in the Division I Football Championship at the University of Massachusetts on Sat., Dec. 2. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. at McGuirk Stadium.
HAMPTON, Va. – Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) passed for 315 yards and five touchdowns to lead the No. 9 ranked University of New Hampshire football team to a 41-38 win at No. 8 Hampton University on Saturday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium in NCAA Division I Championship first round playoff game.
The Wildcats improve to 9-3 overall with the victory, while Hampton ends its season at 10-2. UNH is the first team in Atlantic 10 history to advance to the quarterfinals for the third straight season.
The Wildcat defense stood up on the Pirates last full possession as Marvin Wright (Roxbury, Mass.) sacked Princeton Shepherd with 1:38 left to play.
PHILADELPHIA—Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire football team, who led the Atlantic 10 Football Conference in passing touchdowns with 23 and rushing touchdowns with 12, was named Co-Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year on Tuesday afternoon for his outstanding efforts during the 2006 season.
Santos becomes the fourth player in league history and the first since former Villanova and current Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook (2000-01) to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors in successive seasons. UNH running back Jerry Azumah also won the award twice in 1998 and 1996 and went on to play for the NFL’s Chicago Bears and in the Pro Bowl.
11/20/2006 UNH TO PLAY HAMPTON IN NCAA DIVISION I FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND MATCHUP: The University of New Hampshire football team gathered in their lockerroom on Sunday afternoon to watch the 2006 NCAA Football Division I Championship selection show on ESPNews and discovered they would be traveling to Hampton University for their first-round matchup on Sat., Nov. 25 at Armstrong Stadium. Game time is tentatively set for 1 p.m. Hampton, ranked ninth in the Sports Network poll last week, enters the playoffs with a 10-1 record and the Pirates were crowned champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). CLICK HERE FOR A FULL SET OF MEDIA NOTES
DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football team gathered in their lockerroom on Sunday afternoon to watch the 2006 NCAA Football Division I Championship selection show on ESPNews and discovered they would be traveling to Hampton University for their first-round matchup on Saturday, Nov. 25 at Armstrong Stadium. The game is tentatively scheduled to be played at 1 p.m.
Hampton, ranked ninth in the Sports Network poll last week, enters the playoffs with a 10-1 record and the Pirates were crowned champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
Hampton and UNH have met twice on the football field during their all-time histories and UNH leads the series by a 2-0 margin. Both games were season-openers for the Wildcats, who won 31-17 in Virginia in 2000 and were victorious in Durham in 2001, 45-29.
UNH was ranked 10th in the nation this past week, is 8-3 overall, and is coming off a key 19-13 overtime victory at No. 22 Maine that propelled the Wildcats into the playoffs.
PHILADELPHIA—Senior defensive back Will Morey (Bridgewater, Mass.) made the play of his collegiate football career for the University of New Hampshire on Nov. 18 in UNH’s 19-13 victory over No. 22-ranked Maine, and as a result he earned Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week honors.
ORONO, MAINE—Freshman running back Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) ran six yards for the game-winning TD in overtime, to lead the University of New Hampshire football team to a 19-13 victory at Alfond Stadium on Saturday afternoon. With the win, UNH improves to 8-3 overall and 5-3 in the Atlantic 10 and will find out its playoff fate on Sunday when the team gathers in its lockerroom to watch the 1:30 p.m. NCAA I-AA selection show on ESPNews
THIS WEEK'S GAME :
It all comes down to one game at the University of Maine. UNH is now 7-3 overall and essentially has control of its own destiny when it comes to advancing to the playoffs. A victory over No. 22 Maine would put the No. 10 Wildcats at 8-3 and that would likely be good enough for the team to earn an at-large bid to the tournament. A loss to Maine and the season most likely is over for UNH. Also at stake is the Brice-Cowell Musket, which is awarded annually to the winning team in the UNH/Maine series. The Wildcats have won it the last three years and Maine won it three straight times before that. This is yet another Atlantic 10 matchup for the Wildcats that pits a great defense (Maine's) against a great offense (UNH's). CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE SET OF MEDIA NOTES
PHILADELPHIA—Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) and redshirt freshman running back Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) were both honored on Sunday by the Atlantic 10 Football Conference for their outstanding efforts in UNH’s victory at Rhode Island on Nov. 11.
Santos was named Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season and the 10th time in his career after accounting for five touchdowns in the contest, three on the ground and two through the air. He ran for 4, 8 and 2 yard TDs and passed for a pair of TDs to junior wide receiver Keith LeVan (Waltham, Mass.) of 18 and 13 yards. Santos completed 23-of-32 passes for 271 yards and carried the football 12 times for 40 yards as well. Santos now has 93 career touchdown passes in 36 games played.
KINGSTON, R.I.— The University of New Hampshire football team led by junior quarterback Ricky Santos with three rushing TDs and two passing TDs, scored early and often and took advantage of key turnovers in the first half en route to an impressive, 63-21 Atlantic 10 victory that kept the Wildcat I-AA playoff hopes alive.
UNH, now 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the Atlantic 10, must now record a victory at Maine on Nov. 18 in order to have a good chance of getting an at-large bid to the playoffs. Rhode Island falls to 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the conference
THIS WEEK'S GAME :
UNH head coach Sean McDonnell has told his players what they need to do. The players know what they have to do, and so does the media and UNH fans. No. 13-ranked UNH MUST win its last two games if there is any chance for the Wildcats to make it to the tournament. The focus is on the University of Rhode Island this week, a team that has won two straight games over a pair of very physical Atlantic 10 teams in Maine (3-0) and Hofstra (20-13). The Wildcats have lost three of their last four games with the lone win coming vs. Hofstra (10-6). The Rams are very difficult to prepare for and defend and for the most part are a running option team, as the squad has rushed for 1,755 of its 2,747 total yards this season.
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11/04/2006 DURHAM, N.H. – Steve Baylark ran for two touchdowns and Liam Coen passed for two TDs as the third-ranked University of Massachusetts football team fended off ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire to record a 28-20 Atlantic 10 victory Saturday afternoon at Cowell Stadium.
UNH is 6-3 overall and 3-3 in Atlantic 10 while UMass, led defensively by Bill Knight Trophy recipient (game MVP in this annual battle) Jason Hatchell (18 tackles), improved to 8-1, 6-0.
The Wildcats trailed 28-3 in the third quarter but rallied behind Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.; 35-for-55, 383 yards, two TD), David Ball (Orange, Vt.; eight catches, 107 yards) and Keith LeVan (Waltham, Mass.; 12 catches, 115 yards). UNH was stopped on 4th-and-goal from the UMass 3-yard line with 15 seconds remaining to secure the game's outcome.
DURHAM, N.H.—It was announced today by CSTV that football fans nationwide will have the ability to access the University of New Hampshire’s football game vs. the University of Massachusetts on Nov. 4 live via the internet for free.
The contest, which features the No. 9 ranked Wildcats vs. the No. 3 Minutemen, will be available live on CSTV and through live video streaming at www.cstvppv.com/football. While you will be asked to register, CSTV has waived all charges for this game.
THIS WEEK'S GAME : This game shapes up to be a huge one, not only within the ranks of the Atlantic 10 football conference, but also in all of I-AA football. Both squads are ranked in the top 10 with UMass at No. 3 and UNH at No. 9. The Minutemen are undefeated in the conference and 7-1 overall and will be a lock for the playoffs with a win over the Wildcats and just two home games remaining vs. Maine and Hofstra. UNH, on the other hand, has two losses and can MAYBE afford one more loss this season to make the playoffs at 8-3. However, the team goal is to win out and that starts with UMass. The rivalry itself between these two teams has been intense and up for grabs is the Bill Knight Trophy, which is awarded annually to the MVP of the contest. CLICK HERE FOR A FULL SET OF MEDIA NOTES IN PDF FORMAT.
10/28/2006 DURHAM, N.H. – In a torrential rain driven by strong winds, the 11th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team opened the game with a touchdown drive and went on to defeat Hofstra University, 10-6, at Cowell Stadium.
UNH improved to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the Atlantic 10. Hofstra is now 2-6, 1-4.
Due to the inclement weather conditions, 88 of the 103 offensive plays in the game were rushing attempts. The Wildcats rushed the ball 50 times for 129 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown run by Chris Ward (Waltham, Mass.) at 10:28 of the first quarter. The Pride carried the ball 38 times for 40 yards.
10/26/2006 DOVER, N.H.--A radio feature focusing on UNH football player David Ball was given the Merit Award for achievement at the recent New Hampshire Association of Broadcaster’s Award’s Ceremony.
The feature, produced by WTSN-AM (1270), Dover, aired in November of 2005 during WTSN’s broadcasts of UNH sports. The three-minute documentary highlighted Ball’s exploits as both a UNH football player and his other skills as an athlete. WTSN sports director Andy Schachat, the host of weekly UNH sports shows heard on WTSN, wrote and narrated the feature and it was co-produced by Schachat and WTSN newscaster Pat Kelly.
THIS WEEK'S GAME :
The UNH football team is down but certainly not out. Two consecutive losses to James Madison and Northeastern may have lowered the squad's national ranking from No. 7 to No. 11,, but UNH head coach Sean McDonnell has never believed in polls and is not panicking as the staff looks to get the defense healthy again and to keep getting better in all areas. The Wildcats are talking about nothing but Hofstra, a team that is 2-5, but has lost three straight close games to Atlantic 10 opponents. UNH has seen tough physical defenses from every A-10 team and this week is not different, as The Pride has not given up more than 21 points in its last three conference games, with 21 given up to Maine, just 10 to Delaware and 20 vs. Villanova. CLICK HERE FOR A FULL SET OF NOTES IN PDF FORMAT:
BROOKLINE, MASS. -- Alex Broomfield caught a two-point conversion pass in OT to give Northeastern University a 36-35 victory over No. 7 New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon at Parsons Field.
UNH took the football first in the overtime period and scored on 11 yd TD pass from junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) to sophomore running back Mike Boyle (Plymouth, N.H.) The PAT was good by sophomore kicker Tom Bishop and UNH led 35-28.
Northeastern took over and had fourth and five on the 20 yd line. Senior TE Kendrick Ballantyne caught a 20 yd TD pass from John Sperrazza and NU decided to go for two points and earned the win on the two-point conversion to Broomfield.
UNH's five-game winning streak is over with the 42-23 loss to James Madison on Oct. 14 and with the loss so goes the No. 1 ranking as the squad fell to No. 7. Now the Wildcats are looking to rebound and get back to business when the squad heads to Parsons Field to battle long-time rival Northeastern. The Huskies at 2-4 are a hard team to figure and are better than their record. The squad opened the season with five straight games on the road against some tough competition such as Virginia Tech, North Dakota St. and James Madison. However, as soon as NU returned home it posted an impressive 27-24 victory over No. 18 Delaware. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL SET OF FOOTBALL MEDIA NOTES.
DURHAM, N.H. – Eugene Holloman ran for 117 yards and scored three touchdowns to propel the 13th-ranked James Madison University football team to Saturday’ afternoon’s 42-23 Atlantic 10 victory against top-ranked University of New Hampshire at Cowell Stadium.
UNH, which had won 11 consecutive regular-season games, fell to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Atlantic 10. JMU is now 5-1, 3-0.
After falling behind 10-7 on the opening play of the second quarter, the Dukes marched 70 yards on nine plays and took the lead for good, 14-10, at 10:10 when quarterback Justin Rascati (9-for-19; 97 yards; one TD; 12 carries, 90 yards) scored on a 40-yard run around the left end on a 4th-and-4 play.
UNH responded with a long drive that ended at the JMU 17 when the Dukes’ Isaiah Dottin-Carter forced Sean Lynch (Salem, N.H.) to fumble and teammate Akeem Jordan (18 tackles) fell on the loose ball.
David Ball has put the Jerry Rice TD record behind him, the Wildcats are 5-0, 2-0 and are coming off a huge win over then No. 7 Richmond (27-17), and even with those accomplishments under its belt, it does not get any easier with a high-powered James Madison squad coming to Durham. Ranked 13th this week, the Dukes are fresh off an Atlantic 10 victory over Rhode Island (35-23) and the only loss of the season for JMU was on the road at then-No. 1 ranked Appalachian State. CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE SET OF NOTES IN PDF FORMAT.
10/10/2006 Welcome to the home of the Wildcats and the undefeated UNH football team. Because of the large increase in fan attendance, we hope this information will be helpful to you as you plan your visit to UNH. October 14 also is the first full day of UNH Homecoming Weekend. Several events are planned throughout the weekend; some of these events are listed below for your information and for traffic considerations.
DURHAM, N.H.--Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt. ) was congratulated and interviewed today on Sirius NFL Radio by NFL legend Jerry Rice. Ball, who now has 51 career TDs, broke Rice's all-time NCAA I-AA record of 50 career receiving TDs, a mark Rice set while at Mississippi Valley State. Ball joined Rice and New York Giants announcer Bob Papa at 12:15 p.m. on Monday and spoke about the record, the UNH team and how Ball felt after he broke the long-standing mark. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - After winning a battle of top 10 teams, New Hampshire is at the No. 1 spot in The Sports Network I-AA top 25 for the fifth straight week. The Wildcats came back in the second half to hold off Richmond, 27-17, on Saturday in Durham to move to 5-0 for the season. The Wildcats picked up 88 of a possible 109 first-place votes and 2,704 points to earn the No. 1 spot again. They will play their third consecutive game against a ranked opponent on Saturday when No. 13 James Madison visits.
DURHAM, N.H.—Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) of the University of New Hampshire football team broke the all-time NCAA I-AA career TD reception mark of 50 on Saturday vs. Richmond, a record previously held by NFL legend Jerry Rice after his outstanding career at Mississippi Valley State. As a result of Ball’s efforts, he has been asked to join Rice on Sirius NFL Radio on Monday afternoon.
The radio show “Moving The Chains” will feature Ball live as he speaks to the show’s hosts, Rice, and long-time voice of the New York Giants, Bob Papa.
The interview is tentatively scheduled to take place at 12:15 p.m. on Monday afternoon.
DURHAM, N.H. Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) of the University of New Hampshire football team has been selected as one of five candidates to earn USA Today National Player of the Week honors. Ball caught the 51st TD reception of his career at UNH after grabbing a 1 yd pass from junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.). With the catch, Ball surpassed the previous I-AA mark of 50 TD catches recorded by NFL legend Jerry Rice when he played his collegiate football at Mississippi Valley State.
PHILADELPHIA—Sophomore defensive back John Clements (Hammonton, N.J.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding efforts in UNH’s huge 27-17 victory over No. 7 ranked Richmond on Oct. 7 at Cowell Stadium.
Clements registered 11 tackles and two interceptions in the Wildcat win and nine of his tackles were unassisted. He also recorded his first career sack. He presently leads UNH in solo stops with 26 and in pass breakups with four on the season.
DURHAM, N.H. – David Ball (Orange, Vt.) caught nine passes for 60 yards, including a one-yard touchdown reception for the 51st of his career to supplant Jerry Rice as the Div. 1-AA record holder, to highlight the top-ranked University of New Hampshire football team’s 27-17 victory Saturday afternoon against No. 7 University of Richmond at Cowell Stadium.
In a battle of unbeatens in the Atlantic 10, UNH improved to 5-0 and 2-0 in the conference while the Spiders fell to 4-1, 1-1.
Ball entered the game with 50 career TD receptions, a mark that tied the benchmark established in all of Div. I by Rice in I-AA and Troy Edwards in Div. 1. He gained sole possession of the record at 9:26 of the third quarter when quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) capped a 12-play, 64-yard drive with a one-yard pass to Ball to pull the Wildcats within 14-13. The play started with Santos in the shotgun and Ball lined to the left side of the formation, and Santos took a couple of steps to the right before finding Ball, who was cutting across the field, in the center of the end zone.
THIS WEEK'S GAME : For a regular season matchup, this game is a big one that UNH fans should not miss. It is a battle of the unbeatens as both Richmond and UNH are 4-0 and 1-0 in Atlantic 10 play. There is a chance to see history made as David Ball remains just one touchdown reception away from breaking the all-time mark set by NFL legend Jerry Rice when he was at Mississippi Valley State. Plus it is a chance to see UNH junior signal-caller Ricky Santos, who is now the Wildcats' all-time career passing yardage leader with 8,008 yards. CLICK HERE FOR FULL SET OF NOTES IN PDF FORMAT
10/02/2006 PHILADELPHIA, Pa..--The awards and honors continue to roll in for junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.). He was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week, a I-AA.org All-Star and The Sports Network National offensive Player of the Week for his outstanding efforts in UNH’s thrilling 52-49 victory at Delaware on Sept. 30.
Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday, Oct. 1 for his outstanding efforts in UNH’s thrilling 52-49 victory at Delaware on Sept. 30. Santos completed 21-of-30 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns and added a game-high 110 rushing yards and two scores.
NEWARK, Del.— Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two, while rushing for 110 yards as he led the top-ranked University of New Hampshire football team to a 52-49 win over No. 17 ranked University of Delaware on Saturday night at Delaware Stadium.
Junior running back Chris Ward (Waltham, Mass.) gave UNH the lead for the final time scoring a 45-yard touchdown run with 2:41 remaining in the fourth quarter. Ward finished the game with nine carries for 81 yards leading the ‘Cats ground game, along with Santos. Santos finished the game with 281 yards in the air on 21 of 30 passing, while running the ball 13 times as the Wildcats leading rusher.
Senior Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.) recovered the onside kick by Delaware with 53 seconds left in the game to seal the win for the Wildcats.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball, who led the Wildcats to a 56-14 win against Dartmouth, and Springfield quarterback Chris Sharpe, who had a record-tying performance in the Pride’s win against Alfred, received the Boston Globe Gold Helmet Awards Wednesday at the New England Football Writers luncheon at Harvard’s Dillon Field house.
While David Ball needs just one more TD to break the record of 50 career TDs held by legendary NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice, perhaps what is even more important is the fact that UNH will be playing its first Atlantic 10 conference game at Delaware. The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 and undefeated with a 3-0 mark, but whenever a team goes to play at Delaware you can expect the game will be a battle against a great team and in front of a sold-out Delaware Stadium crowd. UNH continues to roll on offense, averaging 479.9 yards per game on offense (No. 1 in I-AA), and averaging 50.6 ppg, also No. 1. CLICK HERE FOR A FULL
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Sports Network — New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball scored three receiving touchdowns to match Jerry Rice’s I-AA career record of 50 and help lead the No. 1 Wildcats to a 56-14 victory at Dartmouth on Saturday. With the win, New Hampshire remains at No. 1 in The Sports Network I-AA top 25. The Wildcats garnered 80 of a possible 104 first-place votes and 2,574 points to take home the No. 1 spot for the third week in a row. Ball will try to break the I-AA reception touchdown mark and the Wildcats will try to maintain their ranking when they travel to No. 17 Delaware on Saturday.
09/24/2006 ATLANTA (September 24, 2006) — Four nominees for the Cingular All-America Player of the Week have been announced after the fourth weekend of college football action, and the power now rests solely in the hands of the fans to determine a winner. New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball, Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, and South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice have been selected by a panel of ESPN college football analysts as this week’s top candidates based on their outstanding performances this weekend.
Hanover, N.H.— Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) tied Jerry Rice’s all-time NCAA I-AA record of 50 touchdowns with his third touchdown of the day at the 2:43 mark of the second quarter leading the University of New Hampshire football team to a 56-14 victory over Dartmouth College at Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon.
Ball tied Rice’s touchdown mark with a six-yard touchdown reception as junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) found Ball in the far right corner of the endzone. Ball moved to within two TDs of Jerry Rice’s career mark, following a great 37-yard catch and run to give the Wildcats a 14-0 advantage at the 8:46 mark of the opening quarter. Ball registered 12 receptions for 179 yards on the day vs. the Big Green.
The Wildcats opened the scoring at 12:05 of the first quarter when Santos completed a 12-yard pass to senior tight end Sean Lynch (Salem, N.H.) to give UNH a 7-0 lead to start the game.
This will mark the 36th meeting between these two intrastate rivals in a series that dates back to 1956. The Big Green won that first meeting by a 51-0 margin with UNH not earning its first victory until 1973 (10-9). Dartmouth, which won nine straight to open the series, has not defeated the Wildcats since 1976. UNH has won six straight contests since the inception of the Granite Bowl Trophy in 2000, and eight straight games dating back to 1992.
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DURHAM, N.H. – Robert Simpson (Brockton, Mass.) ran for a career-high 120 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Ward (Waltham, Mass.) also ran for two scores to propel the top-ranked University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon’s 62-7 victory against Stony Brook University at Cowell Stadium.
UNH, coming off its 34-17 victory against Northwestern University of the Big 10, improved to 2-0. Stony Brook is now 0-3.
The Wildcats scored a touchdown on each of its first five possessions to build a 35-7 second-quarter lead and took a 41-7 advantage into halftime. UNH amassed 417 rushing yards on 55 carries. Matt O’Brien (Cambridge, Mass.) gained 80 yards on seven carries, Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) carried the ball eight times for 67 yards and Ward finished with 65 yards on seven carries to give the ‘Cats a balanced ground game.
UNH quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) completed 10 of 16 pass attempts for 88 yards. Santos’ six-yard pass play to Evan Loring (Chocorua, N.H.) gave New Hampshire a 13-0 lead at 8:10 of the first quarter and his 25-yard pass play to Aaron Brown (Central Square, N.Y.) on the next drive extended the advantage to 20-0 at 4:23.
David Ball (Orange, Vt.) recorded three catches for seven yards and did not have a touchdown in limited playing time.
09/11/2006 The No. 1-ranked Wildcats defeated their second Division I-A opponent in three years with an impressive 34-17 victory over a Bowl Game team in Big 10 squad Northwestern University. Stony Brook is a I-AA team that is building for the future with a strong defense and a schedule that is not an easy one, as the squad is in the midst of a four-game road swing that includes top 25 squads UNH and Massachusetts. Click here for full set of notes.
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09/11/2006 PHILADELPHIA, Pa.— On the heels of a 34-17 victory at Northwestern, New Hampshire has moved into the No. 1 position in The Sports Network I-AA top 25. The Wildcats received 56 of a possible 103 first-place votes and claimed 2,513 points to slide by Appalachian State, who dropped to No. 2 despite a 21-10 win against James Madison.
09/10/2006 PHILADELPHIA, PA.— Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) and senior defensive back Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.) were both honored on Sunday for their outstanding efforts in the University of New Hampshire football team’s stunning 34-17 upset victory at Big Ten power Northwestern on Sept. 9.
EVANSTON, Illinois.- Walter Payton Award candidates junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) and senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) led the University of New Hampshire football team to a 34-17 win over Northwestern University at Ryan Field on Saturday afternoon.
Santos finished the day with five touchdowns, two passing and three rushing and threw for 206 yards leading the Wildcat air attack on 18 of 24 passing. Ball caught two touchdowns with seven receptions and 72 total receiving yards. Ball (47 touchdowns) needs only three touchdowns to tie Jerry Rice’s all-time I-AA touchdown record (50).
09/05/2006 Senior wide receiver David Ball was the subject of "In Focus" in Tuesday's edition of "USA Today" The article appears on the the publications's web wite at and it appears nationwide on page 3C of the sports section.There is also a sidebar on junior QB Ricky Santos. The Wildcats open the season on Sept. 9 at Division IA Northwestern. www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/atlantic10/2006-09-04-new-hampshire-ball_x.htm
The Wildcats enjoyed an extra week off following preseason camp to help heal the usual bumps and bruises associated with "two-a-days" and now turn their attention to Division I-A Northwestern University, a Bowl team from the always powerful Big Ten known for an explosive offense and the skills of star running back Tyrell Sutton, the nation's third-leading returning rusher. Sutton averaged 128 ypg. as a freshman Download in PDF format.
Junior running back Chris Ward (Waltham, Mass.) showed his ability to both run the football and catch as he rushed the football eight times for 32 yards and led the Wildcats in receptions with 10 catches for 84 yards. Ward scored on a 2 yd touchdown plunge with 5:50 left in the second quarter.
New Hampshire quarterback Ricky Santos headlines a group of five players who appeared on last year's Walter Payton Award Watch and return in this year's initial pool of 16 Payton candidates. Santos finished in second place in last year's voting in a season where he threw for 3,797 yards and 39 touchdowns in leading the Wildcats to an 11-2 record and a trip to the I-AA quarterfinals. Santos' teammate, wide receiver David Ball, is back on the list after finishing in seventh place last year. Ball notched 87 receptions for 1,551 yards and 24 touchdowns a year ago, and is just six touchdown receptions short of breaking the all-time I-AA mark of 50, currently held by Mississippi Valley State and San Francisco 49er great Jerry Rice. University of Northern Iowa quarterback Eric Sanders makes his first appearance on the list after leading his team to the national title game last season. Delaware running back Omar Cuff, Harvard running back Clifton Dawson and Illinois State wide receiver Laurent Robinson all return to the watch list. Eastern Washington quarterback Erik Meyer was the 2005 Walter Payton Award winner.
Chip Kelly, the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at the Univeristy of New Hampshire, was listed among 10 I-AA coaches named to American Football Monthly's "Hot Coaches List," it was announced in the August edition of the magazine.
PHILADELPHIA - The University of New Hampshire football team was picked No. 2 in the first "Sports Network" I-AA Top 25 poll of the 2006 season.
Ball, Graham, Santos and Peterson Named All-Conference
PHILADELPHIA - The University of New Hampshire football team was picked to finish No. 1 in the North Division of the Atlantic 10 Football Conference at the annual Atlantic 10 Media Day held at the Renaissance Philadelphia Hotel on Wednesday afternoon.
07/21/2006 The University of New Hampshire ticket office announced today that individual game tickets for the sports of football and women’s volleyball will go on sale on Tue., Aug. 1, 2006.
07/06/2006 Four members of the University of New Hampshire football team were named Preseason All-Americans as they prepare for the 2006 season. The announcement was made today by "The Sports Network."