DURHAM, N.H.- The UNH football team and its fans got a glimpse of an improved defense in an injury-shortened Blue/White scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at Cowell Stadium.
The defense did not allow much scoring or yardage in the 13-6 game.
In fact, six of the game's points were scored on a 42-yard fumble return by sophomore defensive lineman Dave Wyman (Wilton, Conn.).
Junior defensive lineman Adam Kok (Lexington, Ky.) and his defensive teammates showed that UNH is capable of putting more pressure on the quarterback as he compiled three sacks for a loss of 13 total yards. Also playing well on the defensive line was redshirt freshman Cory Dix (Concord, N.H.), who posted a sack for a loss of 10 yards, while also picking up a fumble recovery and returning it eight yards.
Another player who made an impact on the defensive line was junior George Peterson (West Rutland, Vt.) who not only deflected two passes on the line of scrimmage, but also recorded one sack for a loss of eight yards and had a tackle for a loss.
Senior linebacker Chris Robinson (Medford, N.Y.) also played well after missing all of last season following shoulder surgery. He recorded a tackle for a loss and had a quarterback sack for a loss of one yard. On the offensive side of the football, UNH saw both quarterbacks get injured late in the second quarter.
Redshirt freshman Matt Skoby (Concord, N.H.) finished the first, and only, half of the game, completing 3x9 passes for 23 yards, but he turned in the longest run of the contest with a 52-yard scramble up the sideline. He was 6x36 in rushing after losing yardage due to sacks. He went out of the game with a sprained ankle.
Junior starting quarterback Mike Granieri (Linwood, N.J.) completed 8x15 passes for 139 yards, including a 65 yard touchdown pass on the opening play of the contest to senior wide receiver Jermaine Stevens (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.). Granieri suffered an injury to his right hand, which is his throwing hand. He will be evaluated by doctors this week.
Looking at the running game for the Wildcats, the top rusher was sophomore running back Paul McKinney (Philadelphia, Pa.), who carried the football 11 times for 73 yards. He recorded a long run of 15 yards.
Redshirt freshman Chris Callison (Andover, Mass.) was solid both as a runner and receiver. He rushed three times for 36 yards with a long run of 21 yards, while also making a catch for four yards.
The other running back who saw time was sophomore Malcolm Isom (Newton, Texas). He carried the football nine times for 20 yards, with a long run of 16. He also made two catches for 18 yards.
Stevens, who made the lone touchdown catch, finished the afternoon as the team's top receiver with two receptions for 75 yards.
The offense featured a very balanced attack as UNH passed for 162 yards and compiled an identical total on the ground with 162 rushing yards. UNH's starting kicker and punter looked solid. Sophomore placekicker Connor McCormick (Forty-Fort, Pa.) was 2x2 in field goals with yardages of 26 and 21. He was also 1x1 in PATs.
Senior punter Josh Polgar (Rutland, Vt.) showed why he could be one of the best in the Atlantic 10 as he booted a game-best 45-yarder.