NEW YORK – University of New Hampshire sophomore linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) and senior cornerback Dino Vasso (Crum Lynne, Pa.) have been named to the 2010 Associated Press All-America Football Second Team, it was announced Wednesday.
Vasso, a senior captain and four-year starter for the Wildcats, tallied a team-high six interceptions in 2010, and his 18 career picks are two shy of the school record. The 5-9, 175-pound defensive back's 14 passes defended are tied for the CAA lead, and he tied for the team lead in pass breaks-ups (eight). Vasso compiled 59 tackles, 42 solo, and in 51 career games at UNH -50 starts- ranked 10th all-time with 289 tackles. He was previously honored as a 2010 AFCA First Team All-American and as a member of the All-CAA First Team and the All-New England Team.
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 6-0, 219-pound Evans was previously feted as a Walter Camp FCS All-American and named to the All-CAA Second Team.