EXETER, N.H.— The University of New Hampshire football team played its annual fall Blue/White scrimmage on Thursday aftern0on and the team excelled in many areas, including an explosive aerial game, young defenders making big plays. and the punting game.
The UNH offense scored seven touchdowns on the day, all through the air. Leading the way in the first half was senior Walter Payton Award winner/candidate Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.), who completed 15 of 22 passes for 252 yds. and three TDs of 24, 14 and 8 yds. in limited action.
Senior wide receiver Keith LeVan (Waltham, Mass.) was a key target, making six catches for 114 yds. and two 2 TDs of 24 and 14 yds.
The coaching staff also got a good look at other young receivers in the contest, including strong efforts by freshman J.T. Wright (Agoura Hills, Calif.) who made six catches for 60 yds. Also playing well for the ‘Cats was redshirt freshman receiver Chris Chandler (Wakefield, Mass.) with three catches for 69 yds and an 8 yd. touchdown. Freshman wide receiver Terrence Fox (Piscataway, N.J.) also opened some eyes with his three catches for 42 yards, including a 9 yd. TD catch.
The running back corps was depleted due to injuries, but standing out were junior Kaysonne Anderson (Belmar, N.J.) with 11 carries for 68 yards and junior Robert Simpson (Brockton, Mass.) was strong for UNH with five rushes for 32 yds.
Looking at the punting game for UNH, the highlight was the play of junior Tom Bishop (Newfield, N.Y.) as he booted four punts over 40 yds, including two that went for 47 yds. UNH kickers also made all attempted PATS.
On the defensive side of the football, UNH recorded three interceptions by relatively young players. Redshirt freshmen Jamie Cosgrove (Sharon, Mass.), Dino Vasso (Crum Lynne, Pa.) and Bryan Mayhew (Plymouth, N.H.) all picked off passes for the ‘Cats.
The Wildcat defense also kept the quarterbacks scrambling, posting four sacks, including two by freshman defensive lineman John Murray (Aston, Pa.) for losses of 1 yd. and 7 yds. Junior linebacker Matt Parent (Long Beach, Calif.) and senior linebacker Husain Karim (Burlington, Vt.) each had sacks as well.
Leading the team in tackles for the day were redshirt freshman defensive lineman Steve Young (Rochester, N.H.) and redshirt freshman Devon Jackson (Williamstown, N.J.) each had six tackles on the afternoon.
The scrimmage was played at Exeter High School due to construction on the Cowell Stadium playing surface. The UNH football team and athletic department would like to thank Exeter Athletic Director/head football coach Billy Ball for his hospitality.