Football's O'Neill, Harris, Asam Named to CAA Preseason All-Conference Team


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BALTIMORE, Md. – University of New Hampshire senior co-captain Seamus O'Neill (Manchester, N.H.) and junior R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.), members of the 2012 All-CAA First Team, join senior co-captain Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) on the 2013 CAA Football Preseason All-Conference Team, which was announced early Wednesday in advance of CAA Media Day at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

UNH, which shared the 2012 CAA championship and qualified for the NCAA Division I Championship tournament for a nation-leading ninth straight season, was picked to finish third in the preseason poll. The Wildcats received three first-place votes to place behind fellow defending co-champions Villanova (11 first-place votes) and Towson (three). Defending league co-champion Richmond (one) is fourth in the preseason poll, followed by James Madison (four), Delaware, Stony Brook, Maine, William & Mary, Albany and Rhode Island.

The Preseason All-Conference Team and CAA preseason poll were determined by a vote among league head coaches and media personnel.

Preseason Rank


First-Place Votes














James Madison






Stony Brook






William & Mary






Rhode Island


O'Neill, a two-time All-CAA selection (Third Team-2011, First Team-2012), was one of five offensive lineman tabbed to the Preseason All-Conference Team. The left tackle, who started all 12 games last season for an offense that ranked second in the league in scoring (34.1 points/game), total offense (451.5 yards/game) and first downs (22.1/game), was previously named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-American Third Team, The Sports Network Preseason All-America Third Team and the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Preseason All-America Second Team. In 2012, he was an ECAC All-Star and a BSN All-America Honorable Mention.

Harris, a two-time All-CAA wide receiver (Second Team-2011, First Team-2012), 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 last year. The 6-foot, 192-pound receiver, one of three WRs on the Preseason All-Conference Team, tallied 84 receptions for 1,059 yards; those numbers ranked fourth (catches) and sixth (yards) in UNH single-season history. The native of Odenton, Md., ranked sixth in the CAA in all-purpose yards/game (105.8). Additional preseason accolades for Harris include Phil Steele's All-American Second Team; the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Wide Receiver Award Watch List and All-Purpose Performer Watch List; BSN Preseason All-America Second Team and The Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America Third Team.  

Asam, who garnered All-CAA Second Team recognition last season, compiled 76 tackles, including 57 solo stops, to rank second on the 'Cats. The strong safety, who has started 24 straight games, enters his senior campaign as the team's active leader in career tackles (151). Asam has been named to the CFPA Defensive Back Award Watch List.

For a complete list of the CAA Preseason All-Conference Team, visit

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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