DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football team will kick off its 2007 Spring Practice starting Wed., April 4 and ending with the Annual Spring Scrimmage on May 5th at Cowell Stadium.
    UNH head coach Sean McDonnell is looking to continue to build on the success his program has achieved over the past three seasons. The Wildcats are the only team in conference history to have advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament three consecutive times.
Fans are excited about the return of senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.), who was an All-American and the winner of the Walter Payton Award as the top player in all of I-AA football last season.
    As a team, UNH returns a solid nucleus of seven starters on offense and six on defense, not to mention 38 returning letterwinners on the roster for 2007.
The coaching staff has undergone some changes since last season, as Sean Devine has been promoted to offensive coordinator and John Perry was hired to handle the UNH quarterbacks as the Associate Head Coach.
    In addition to Santos, there are many other outstanding players to keep an eye on this spring, including senior free safety Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.), junior defensive back John Clements (Hammonton, N.J.), senior wide receiver Keith LeVan (Waltham, Mass.), senior offensive lineman Nick Couturier (Dover, N.H.), junior offensive lineman Josh Droesch (West Boylston, Mass.), junior linebacker Matt Parent (Long Beach, Calif.), senior linebacker Husain Karim (Burlington, Vt.) and sophomore running back Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) to name a few.
    The 2007 regular season schedule will begin on Sept. 8 when the squad travels to play at James Madison. The home-opener is set for Sept. 22 vs. Dartmouth. Game time is 12 p.m. at Cowell Stadium.
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