DURHAM, N.H.-- Junior offensive lineman Tim Carignan (Belmont, N.H.) and senior wide receiver Shaun Diner (Montreal, Quebec) of the University of New Hampshire football team were both recently named to the Seventh Annual Division I-AA Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. The 36 winners were chosen from a group of 86 nominees and were announced at the Division I-AA football championship in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Carignan, who was also named a CoSIDA District I Academic All-American this year and is a two-time Atlantic 10 All-Academic selection, checks in with a 3.71 grade point average as a physical education/pedagogy major at UNH. A 6-4, 304-pounder, Carignan was one of the main reasons why the explosive Wildcats averaged 418.9 yards per contest.
Diner, also a CoSIDA District I Academic All-American this year, is a three-time member of the Atlantic 10 All-Academic squad. His GPA heading into his final semester at UNH was 3.74 as a business administration major. Diner was the team's fourth-leading receiver in 2004 after making 37 catches for 382 yards and three touchdown receptions.
The University of New Hampshire football team was ranked No. 6 in the final Division I-AA football poll which was released this week. The team also won the North Division title of the Atlantic 10 Football Conference. The Wildcats posted their first-ever win in the NCAA Playoffs with a 27-23 victory at powerhouse Georgia Southern. UNH lost in the quarterfinal round at Montana, 47-17.