DURHAM, N.H.—Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) was named the recipient of the Season Gold Helmet by the New England Football Writers. He and three other UNH players were also named to the New England Football Writers All-Star Team.
    Santos, the 2006 Walter Payton Award Winner and 2007 Co-CAA Offensive Player of the Year, enjoyed an amazing season and led UNH to its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
    He also placed third among the top quarterbacks ever in the NCAA FCS in career TD passes with 123 and in career passing yardage with a four-year total of 13,212 yards.
    In 11 games played this season, Santos completed 256 of 350 passes for 2,972 yards and 24 passing TDs, while he also ran for nine more TDs. His completion percentage of 73.1 was among the top marks in the nation and he averaged 270.2 yards per contest. He finished fifith in the Walter Payton Award voting as well.
    Santos was named the CAA Offensive Player of the Week three times in 2007 and earned National Offensive Player of the Week three times by various media outlets.
    Selected as a team captain for the 2007 campaign, Santos led UNH to a 7-5 overall record and a first-round game in the NCAA FCS playoffs at Northern Iowa.
    In addition to Santos, three other UNH players: senior offensive lineman Nick Couturier (Dover, N.H.); senior free safety Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.) and junior defensive back John Clements (Hammonton, N.Y.) were all named to the New England Football Writers All-Star team.
    Couturier has been a starter at center for three straight seasons and was the glue that held an injury-riddled offensive line together during the 2007 season. With him in the middle, the UNH offense compiled 407. 2 yards per contest on offense and averaged an impressive mark of 35.8 yards per game.
    Pammer finishes his UNH career as one of the top tacklers ever in the history of the program. This past season he finished tied for first on the team in tackles with 130 and he was also tied for the lead in interceptions with two.
    Clements, a starter at defensive back all season, was the team’s third-leading tackler (54-45-99) and also recorded an interception, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery.
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