UNH Gridders Hold Annual Football Banquet

DURHAM, N.H.- Seven members of the University of New Hampshire football team were honored at the annual team banquet this past weekend for their efforts during the 1999 season.

Senior defensive tackle Jody Trunfio (New Hartford, N.Y.) was the recipient of the Eugene K. Auerbach Student-Athlete Award for his efforts in the classroom. Trunfio, a civil engineering major at UNH, checked in with a 3.6 GPA last season and contributed 32 total tackles and two sacks.

The winner of the Jock MacKenzie/Rob Demers 12th Player Award was senior offensive lineman Jeff Hayes (Arlington. Mass.). Hayes was a first-team All-ECAC selection and was a first-team All-Atlantic 10 pick last season.

Senior strong safety Wade Rowcliffe (Caledonia, N.Y.) took home the Unsung Hero Award for his fearless efforts as one of the top tacklers in the Atlantic 10. He completed the season as the Wildcats’ second-leading tackler with 74 total tackles, while he also notched two sacks and one interception.

Senior defensive back and co-captain Mike Szweda (Shaker Heights, Ohio) was named the winner of the Creeley "Buck" Buchanan Distinguished Service Award. Szweda recorded 39 tackles last season and picked off two passes for interceptions.

The third annual Bo Dickson Award was presented to senior tailback Dan Curran (Chelmsford, Mass.). Curran was the Wildcats’ leading rusher with 224 carries for 1,059 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 96.3 yards per contest and 4.7 yards per carry.

The Most Valuable Player of the 1999 squad was senior fullback Dan Kreider (Mount Joy, Pa.). The top fullback in the Atlantic 10 Football Conference. Kreider carried the ball 92 times for 518 yards and was a key cog in the prolific UNH running game as one of the best blockers in Division I-AA football Kreider was also an outstanding receiver for the ‘Cats, grabbing 25 passes for 275 yards and one touchdown.

Last, but definitely not least was the first annual Bill Bowes Coaches Award, named after UNH’S legendary 27-year head coach. Senior wide receiver Jermaine Washington (West Milford, N.J) was the first recipient of the honor as UNH’s top receiver in 1999. He pulled down 71 receptions for 821 yards and six touchdowns and averaged 74.6 yards receiver per contest for the Wildcats.

The UNH gridders completed the 1999 campaign with a 5-6 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the conference under first-year head coach Sean McDonnell. The team posted impressive victories over the likes of Rhode Island (37-14), Stephen F. Austin (38-28), Northeastern (33-31), Connecticut (43-18) and Maine (31-20).

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