UNH WR DAVID BALL TO COMPETE IN EAST WEST SHRINE GAME ON JAN. 20
    DURHAM, N.H.—Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) of the University of New Hampshire football team is set to play in the East West Shrine Game on Sat., Jan. 20, at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. Eastern) and the contest can be seen live on ESPN2.
Ball reported for practice on Sat., Jan. 13th, and has been practicing each day with his East squad.
    In addition to Ball, there are a few other I-AA names UNH fans will recognize on the East team, including Steve Baylark from Massachusetts and Alonzo Coleman and Justin Durant from Hampton. UNH played both teams in the NCAAs this past season.
    Ball could possibly even hook up with quarterback Chris Leak, who played for Florida in 2006 and is now a member of the East squad.
    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.
    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.
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