December 2, 2013

Football Trio Tabbed To All-New England Team

BOSTON  – Ricky Archer (The Plains, Va.), Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) and R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) of the 15th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team were named to the 2013 FCS All-New England Team on Monday. The team is selected by the New England Football Writers' Association. 

Harris is a repeat selection from last season while Archer, who was sidelined a year ago, was feted in 2011.

Archer, a senior offensive lineman, was named to the 2013 CAA All-Conference Second Team last week. He has started all 12 games in the offensive trenches at right guard. Archer has helped UNH's offense average 32.2 points per game and 444.8 yards per game, which ranks third in the CAA in scoring and second in total offense. The 'Cats are also third in both rushing offense (204.0 yards/game) and passing offense (240.8 yards/game). 

Asam, a senior safety and captain, was an All-Conference Third Team selection this season. He has started all 12 games at strong safety and ranks third on the team in total tackles (76) with 52 unassisted tackles and 24 assisted tackles. He is credited with five pass breakups and has registered six tackles for a loss, including a sack against Lafayette College in the Nov. 30 first-round game. Asam recorded double-digit tackles in the Sept. 7 season opener at Central Michigan University (8-3-11) as well as the Nov. 16 game at Albany (5-6-11).

Harris, a junior wide receiver who was tabbed to the All-Conference First Team, ranks second on the team in receptions (54), receiving yards (776) and receiving touchdowns (five) despite missing three games due to injury and being hampered early in the season by another injury. Those numbers average to 14.4 yards/catch and 86.2 receiving yards per game. Harris also has eight carries for 90 yards (11.2/carry) and one TD. 

Harris' signature game in 2013 was a 10-catch, 183-yard effort that included three TDs against (then) No. 22 James Madison University to propel UNH to a 33-17 win. He was subsequently bestowed the Ray Gallant Insurance New England Football Writers' Gridiron Club of Boston Gold Helmet Award for that performance, which came off a three-week absence. Harris also recorded gaudy numbers in the NCAA first round vs. Lafayette with eight catches for 173 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown reception.

UNH (8-4 overall, 6-2 CAA) plays at the University of Maine in an NCAA second round game on Dec. 7 (2 p.m.). Tickets for the UNH section at Alfond Stadium are available exclusively through Dec. 4 (12 p.m.) by calling 603-862-4000, extension 5.

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