BALTIMORE, Md. – University of New Hampshire senior co-captain Brian McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.) and junior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) have been named to the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Football Preseason All-Conference Team. The announcement was made as part of the annual CAA Football Media Day at M&T Bank Stadium on Wednesday.
McNally, who set UNH's single-season record with a CAA-best 13.5 sacks last season, garners preseason All-CAA honors for the second straight year. Previous league accolades for the 6-foot-3, 266-pound defensive end consist of a spot on the 2010 All-CAA First Team after he amassed 42 tackles, 25 solo, highlighted by a team-leading 15 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 13 games –all starts. He was also named the CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2008.
McNally has been named to The Sports Network/Fathead.com Preseason All-America Second Team, Phil Steele's Preseason All-American Second Team, Phil Steele's Preseason All-CAA First Team, and he is on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) D-I FCS Watch List and on the Watch List for the Buck Buchanan Award, presented to the top defensive player in the FCS. During his junior campaign, the Cornwall, N.Y. native was feted as a College Sporting News Sweet-63 All-America, an ECAC All-Star, a member of the FCS All-New England team and Phil Steele's FCS All-America Third Team.
Evans' berth on the CAA Preseason All-Conference Team comes on the heels of his All-CAA Second Team recognition in 2010. The 6-foot, 233-pound middle linebacker ranked second in FCS football with 156 tackles last year, 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. He was feted as a College Sporting News Sweet-63 All-America, a Walter Camp FCS All-America and an A.P. All-America Second Team member. 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, the then-sophomore 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).
Evans' preseason commendations include a place on The Sports Network/Fathead.com All-America First Team, Phil Steele's Preseason FCS All-American First Team, Phil Steele's Preseason All-CAA Team and on the Watch Lists for the CFPA and the Buck Buchanan Award.
The Wildcats were picked to finish fourth in the CAA in voting conducted among league head coaches and media personnel. UNH, which received two first-place votes, trails only preseason favorite William & Mary (12 votes), James Madison (4) and 2010 national finalist Delaware (2).
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