NEW HAVEN, Conn. – University of New Hampshire sophomore linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) has been named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2010 Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team. The team, announced Tuesday, was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of FCS schools and certified by the accounting and auditing firm, Marcum LLP.
Evans ranks second nationally with 156 tackles, which also represents the second-highest single-season total in UNH history, and his 79 solo stops rank third in FCS football. The middle linebacker was the Wildcats' leader in tackles in nine of their 13 games, notched double-digit tackles 11 times and set a career high with 20 stops Nov. 6 versus William & Mary. Overall, Evans posted four sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, including a 25-yard pick-six against Towson (Nov. 20), three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, highlighted by a 17-yard touchdown return at James Madison (Oct. 16).
The six-foot, 219-pound Evans was named to the All-CAA Second Team, was feted as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week three times (Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 22); earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors (Oct. 19); took home a New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award (Oct. 20) and captured the Bill Knight Trophy as the MVP of the inaugural Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 23, when UNH defeated Massachusetts, 39-13.
Previous UNH Walter Camp All-America performers include the first two three-time recipients, wide receiver David Ball (2004-06) and quarterback Ricky Santos (2005-07), running backs Jerry Azumah (1998) and Barry Bourassa (1991), and tight ends Scott Sicko (2008) and Jonathan Williams (2005).
Walter Camp, "The Father of American Football", first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp, a former Yale University athlete and football coach, is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to 11 men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation, a New Haven-based all-volunteer group, was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting All-America teams for the Football Bowl and Championship subdivisions.