DURHAM, N.H.— Spring football practice will come to an end on Sat., May 5, when the University of New Hampshire football team will play its annual Blue/White Scrimmage at Cowell Stadium. The team will take the field at 12:30 p.m and admission is free.
Fans will have an opportunity to see how their favorite returning players have progressed this spring. One of extra interest has been junior wide receiver Mike Boyle (Plymouth, N.H.), a granite-stater who missed much of last season due to injury, but he is back and ready to contribute in the fall for the ‘Cats. In addition, the coaching staff is happy to have him back on special teams, where he will once again return punts and kicks.
Another story is the return of UNH’s top six ball carriers from last season, including the likes of senior starter Chris Ward (Waltham, Mass.) and sophomore Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.). Kackert led all running backs with 115 carries for 584 yards and five touchdowns. Two of his touchdowns were late game-winners in victories over Maine and Hampton.
    In addition the offensive line returns four starters including senior center Nick Couturier (Dover, N.H.), and has been a strongpoint this spring, as has senior quarterback and Walter Payton Award winner Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.), who has done an outstanding job of spreading the football around to his many offensive weapons. One key target for Santos will be senior wide receiver Keith LeVan (Waltham, Mass.), who is UNH’s top returning receiver with 70 catches for 672 yards and five TDs.
    On the defensive side of the football, the Wildcats return their top four tacklers from 2006 in senior linebacker Husain Karim (Burlington, Vt.) with 108 tackles, senior free safety Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.) with 99, junior linebacker Matt Parent (Long Beach, Calif.) with 90, and junior defensive back John Clements (Hammonton, N.J.) with 87. Leading the defensive line this season will be senior Marvin Wight (Roxbury, Mass.).
    UNH also returns a pair of experienced kickers in sophomore Tom Manning (Rome, N.Y.) who is set to be the placekicker, and junior Tom Bishop (Newfield, N.Y.), who will be a punter/placekicker.
    The Wildcat football team will open the 2007 season on Sept. 8 at James Madison. The first home game at Cowell Stadium will be on Sept. 22, when UNH entertains Dartmouth. Tickets for all UNH home games are available online at www.unhwildcats.com.
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