DURHAM, N.H.—Head Coach Sean McDonnell of the University of New Hampshire football team announced on Sunday at the annual team awards banquet that the team retired the No. 3 jersey of senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.). Ball is only the third player in Wildcat football history to have their number retired; the two others were former running back #25 Jerry Azumah in 1999 and #36 Bill Burnham in 1977.
    Ball had an amazing year for the UNH football team and received tremendous media coverage after breaking several NCAA receiving marks, including the I-AA record for touchdown receptions in a career. He surpassed the mark of NFL legend Jerry Rice, who caught 50 touchdown passes while playing at Mississippi Valley State. Ball completes his career with 58 touchdown catches. Ball also finished second among the NCAA leaders with 4,655 receiving yards and he tied Rice’s mark for 100-yard receiving games with 23. He also was second all-time among the top I-AA players with 28 games with at least one touchdown catch.
    Most recently, Ball competed in the East West Shrine game at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on January 20th.
    In 2006, Ball led the Atlantic 10 Football Conference with 13 touchdown receptions and was ranked among the top 10 in the nation in nearly every receiving category. His 93 receptions in 2006 broke his own University mark of 87, which he set last season. In addition, he completed his third straight campaign with over 1,000 receiving yards after compiling 1,114 yards in 2006 and averaging 85.7 receiving yards per contest.
    His other major honors and awards this season include being named a Walter Camp All-American for the third straight season, an AFCA All-American and an Associated Press first-team All-American. He finished fifth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award and he was named first-team All-Atlantic 10. At the annual banquet, Ball was also named the Most Valuable Player.
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