DURHAM, N.H.-- The No. 7 ranked University of New Hampshire football team will hold its annual Fall Blue/White Scrimmage on Thu., Aug. 25 at Cowell Stadium. The action is set to begin at 1 p.m.

Admission to the srimmage is free and it offers fans a chance to get a sneak preview of the Wildcats before they fly to California for their season-opener on Sept. 3 at UC Davis.

The scrimmage will also provide fans a chance to see three All-America candidates on the offensive side of the football in sophomore quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.), junior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) and senior tight end Jon Williams (Rochester, N.Y.).

In addition, several local players from the Granite State will be playing key roles for the team once again this season. Senior offensive lineman Tim Carignan (Belmont, N.H.) and sophomore Nick Couturier (Dover, N.H.) are both members of a talented offensive line that returns four starters. Senior defensive end Brent Barbato (Exeter, N.H.) is expected to get the nod for a starting job on the defensive line, as will senior defensive end Keith Sawyer (Concord, N.H.).

Season tickets for all of the Wildcat home football games will be sold at a table on the Cowell Stadium concourse. A limited number of chairback seats are still available for the 2005 campaign. The team will play its first home game on Sept. 24 vs. Dartmouth. Game time is 12 p.m.

The Wildcats are coming off their best season in program history after posting a 10-3 record and advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA, I-AA playoffs in 2004. UNH, which took first place in the North Division of the Atlantic 10, posted its first-ever NCAA victory with a first-round upset at Georgia Southern (27-23).

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