DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior offensive lineman Jeff Hayes (Arlington, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named a first-team ECAC All-Star for his efforts during the 1999 season.
Hayes, who started all of the games he played in, did a tremendous job on an offensive line that helped the UNH offense to run for an average of 215.4 yards per game. Hayes was also a key reason why the UNH girdders managed to average an eye-popping 457.3 total yards per game for the season.
What made his accomplishments even more incredible is the fact that Hayes played through the pain of a burner, a nerve problem that made his hands feel like they were so hot that he sometimes had to put them in ice during and after a game or practice.
Hayes was also recently named a first-team All-Atlantic 10 selection and was named a first-team All-Star by the New England Football Writers Association.
Hayes is a graduate of Arlington High School, where he recorded 142 tackles and 15 sacks during his career. He presently holds the school record for most tackles in a game (17) and he holds the school track records in the shot put and discus.
Hayes and the Wildcats completed the 1999 campaign with a 5-6 overall record and the squad was 3-5 within the Atlantic 10 Football conference.