DURHAM, N.H.- In the annual Spring Blue/White Scrimmage the defense made all the big plays, and today, in the Fall Blue/White game, it was the offense's turn, as it went on to produce 44 points. As a result, Wildcat fans had a good opportunity to see many of the offensive weapons the UNH coaching staff has at its disposal in 2004.
Senior starting tailback R.J. Harvey (Albany, N.Y.) showed why he led the Atlantic 10 in scoring with 96 points in 2003. Harvey was explosive at times during the contest, carrying the football 11 times for 117 yards, including a 66-yard run for a TD.
Senior quarterback Mike Granieri (Linwood, N.J.) looked sharp as well, completing 17 of 28 pass attempts for 206 yds. and two touchdown passes, one for 14 yds. to senior wide receiver David Bailey (Bronx, N.Y.) and the other a 21-yarder to junior fullback/tight end Joe Kreider (Mount Joy, Pa.). Granieri did not play the entire game, as all four quarterbacks saw limited action.
Redshirt freshman Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) was impressive at quarterback as well, especially as a runner. He carried the ball eight times for 46 yards, including a pair of 6-yd touchdown rushes.
Bailey was the squad's top receiver on the afternoon with nine catches for 112 yards. His long reception was for 24 yards. Kreider finished with four catches for 45 yards. Also seeing action in the game was freshman Granite Stater Mike Boyle (Plymouth, N.H.) as he made three catches for 16 yards.
Another nice addition to the offense has been freshman Kaysonne Anderson (South Belmar, N.J.) who busted loose for a few big runss on the afternoon. He finished with 14 carries for 81 yards.
On the defensive side of the football there were several key plays. The biggest of the afternoon was turned in by sophomore defensive back Christian Callison (Andover, Mass.) who returned an interception 46 yards.
The Wildcat defense was also bolstered by the impressive play of redshirt freshman Marvin Wright (Roxbury, Mass.) who recorded a pair of quarterback sacks.
The coaching staff was pleased about the healthy return of senior linebacker Amir Saadah (Fairlawn, N.J.) who was second on the team in tackles with seven, while he also recovered a fumble. The tackle leader for the afternoon was another true freshman in free safety Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.) who recorded eight tackles in the contest.
Defensive end Keith Sawyer (Concord, N.H.) was another key Granite Stater in the contest as he posted a sack for minus three yards.
The Wildcats now turn their attention to their season-opener vs. No. 1 ranked Delaware in Newark, Del on Sept. 2. Game time is 7 p.m. at Delaware Stadium. The team will play its home-opener on Saturday, Sept. 18. Game time is 12 p.m. at Cowell Stadium.