FOUR 'CATS NAMED TO PHIL STEELE PRESEASON ALL-CAA CONFERENCE TEAM
DURHAM, N.H. – Steve Young (Rochester, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire was named to the Phil Steele 2010 Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team. Devon Jackson (Williamstown, Pa.), Brian McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.) and Dino Vasso (Crum Lynne, Pa.) were Second Team selections.
Young, a senior, will anchor the Wildcats' defensive line. He played in 12 of 13 games a year ago and had at least one tackle in 10 games. Young recorded a 39 total tackles (16 solo, 23 assisted) and was credited with six tackles for a loss. He tallied a career-high eight tackles (three solo, five assisted) at nationally-ranked William & Mary. In 2008, he played in 12 of 13 games with a tackle in 11 games and 35 total tackles.
Jackson, a senior linebacker and captain, was UNH's leading tackler in 2009 with 98 total tackles (44 solo, 54 assisted). He ranked seventh in the CAA in tackles and eighth in tackles per game. Jackson recorded nine tackles for a loss and that included three sacks. He was also credited with two pass breakups, one forced fumble and a safety. He finished with 6+ tackles in 11 of 12 games and reached double digits five times, including a personal best of 11 in consecutive games against the University of Massachusetts and Hofstra University. In 2008, Jackson played in all 13 games and tied for seventh on the squad in tackles with 58.
McNally, a junior defensive lineman, played in 12 games last season and finished with 29 total tackles, including 17 solo. He recorded 6.5 tackles for a loss, and that included 4.0 sacks – a total that ranked second on the team. In 2008, McNally was named the CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year after tallying 55 tackles; the led that team in both tackles for a loss and sacks.
Vasso, a senior defensive back and captain, played in all 13 games in 2009 and recorded at least one tackle 12 times en route to being named to the CAA All-Conference Second Team. He ranked fifth on the team in total tackles with 76 and his 49 solo tackles ranked second in that statistic. Vasso finished with 5+ tackles seven times, including a career-high 14 at the University of New Hampshire and 10 against both Villanova University and the University of Rhode Island. He ranked second on the team in interceptions (five) and returned two for a touchdown. Vasso was also credited with six pass breakups and contributed to special teams with 10 kickoff returns and one punt return. In 2008, Vasso received College Sporting News All-America Honorable mention after tallying team highs in both tackles (99) and interceptions (five) as well at 17 pass breakups.
New Hampshire opens the 2010 season Sept. 4 at home against Central Connecticut State. Game time at Cowell Stadium is 12 p.m. and tickets are available now at the Whittemore Center Box Office, on the official UNH Athletic Website or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.