RICHMOND, Va. – University of New Hampshire middle linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, marking the third time this season he's been decorated with that honor. Evans recorded a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown and forced a fumble in the Wildcats' 38-19 victory over Towson at Cowell Stadium on Nov. 20.
Evans tallied seven tackles in only about one half of action, raising his CAA-leading total to 135 tackles on the season, fourth-most in all of FCS Division I football. The sophomore ranks third in UNH single-season history in that department and needs only two more tackles to pass Chris Robinson (2003) and become No. 2 all-time. Evans also leads the CAA in tackles per game (12.3), solo stops (69) and is tied for the league lead in forced fumbles (three).
Evans previously won the CAA Defensive Player of the Week award in back-to-back weeks Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 for his efforts in wins over James Madison and Massachusetts, respectively.
The No. 11 Wildcats have earned their nation-leading seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Division I Football Championship. UNH (7-4), which received a first-round bye, will visit Bethune-Cookman (10-1), champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, in a second-round game Saturday, Dec. 4, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Game time and ticket information will be announced at a later time. For the latest information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.