DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire football team was ranked No. 1 in all of I-AA college football according to "Lindy's 2006 Football Preview" a magazine that covers all NCAA divisons.
UNH is ranked No. 1 ahead of No. 2 Appalachian State, No. 3 Southern Illinois, No. 4. Montana, No. 5 Texas State, No. 6 James Madison, No. 7 Eastern Kentucky, No. 8 Illinois State and No. 10 Furman. In all, six teams from the Atlantic 10 Football Conference were ranked in the top 25.
Lindy's also announced its "2006 All-I-AA Team" and junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) and senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) were both named to the first team on offense. Both players were selected as All-Americans in 2005 for their outstanding efforts. Santos finished second in the voting for the Walter Payton Award and was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, and Ball finished seventh in the Payton Award in his bid for Payton honors.
The Wildcats were also picked to finish second in the "Any Given Saturday" poll last month.
The Wildcats, who won a school-record 11 games in 2005, were named Co-Atlantic 10 Champions and made an appearance in the NCAA I-AA quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. UNH's explosive offense was ranked second in the nation in 2005 with 74 TDs and was No. 1 in the nation with 493 yards per game and No. 1 in the country with a mark of 41.7 points per contest.
The Wildcats will open the season on Sat., Sept. 9 at Division I Northwestern. To find out how to order UNH football season tickets log on to www.unhwildcats.com.