DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire junior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) has been named to Phil Steele's 2011 Preseason FCS All-American First Team and Phil Steele's 2011 Preseason All-CAA First Team, the publication announced Wednesday.
Senior co-captain Brian McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.) earned All-American Second Team and All-CAA First Team recognition at defensive end, and junior running back Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) was tabbed to the All-CAA Second Team in the preview magazine.
Evans, who earlier this week joined McNally on the Watch List for the 2011 Buck Buchanan Award sponsored by Fathead.com, finished fourth in the 2010 Buchanan Award voting as the only sophomore on the ballot for the FCS's most outstanding defensive player. The 6-foot, 233-pound middle linebacker ranked second in FCS football with 156 tackles last season, which was the second-highest single-season total in UNH history. His 79 solo stops ranked third nationally, and his 12.0 tackles per game placed him fifth in the FCS. Evans 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). He was feted as a College Sporting News Sweet-63 All-America, a Walter Camp FCS All-America, A.P. All-America Second Team and All-CAA Second Team.
In addition to his inclusion on this year's Buchanan Award Watch List, McNally was named a College Sporting News Sweet-63 All-America, an ECAC All-Star, FCS All-New England and All-CAA
First Team in 2010 after establishing the University's all-time single-season record with a CAA-leading 13.5 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 266-pounder paced the 'Cats with 15 tackles for loss and made 42 tackles overall, highlighted by a career-high 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in an NCAA second-round playoff win at Bethune-Cookman.
Peters earned All-CAA Third Team honors in '10 after rushing for a team-leading 707 yards on 142 attempts (5.0 yards per carry) and a team-best seven rushing touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound tailback posted the CAA's top single-game rushing total with his career-high 197 yards on 19 carries in the Wildcats' season-opening triumph against Central Connecticut State on Sept. 4.
The Wildcats are ranked 14th in Phil Steele's 2011 FCS Top 40. The Phil Steele's 2011 FCS College Football Preview, the first college preview magazine dedicated solely to FCS coverage, is now available at PhilSteele.com.
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