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•This week's UNH/Lehigh tilt is the only FCS matchup in the nation pitting Top 15 teams going head-to-head. The Wildcats seek to extend their winning streak over the Mountain Hawks to nine straight games, while Lehigh attempts to defeat UNH for the first time since 1982.
•Both UNH and Lehigh advanced to the 2010 NCAA Championship tournament. The Wildcats, as an at-large team, advanced to the quarterfinals by virtue of a second-round victory at Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Fla., while the Mountain Hawks, the Patriot League champions, stunned Northern Iowa at the UNI Dome in an opening-round game. Lehigh lost at Delaware in the second round before the Blue Hens dispatched the Wildcats in the quarterfinals a week later.
•WR Joey Orlando returns to his hometown of Bethlehem, Pa., needing just 11 all-purpose yards for 1,000 in his career and 85 receiving yards for 1,000 in his career. Last season, Orlando nabbed 10 receptions for 81 yards and two TDs in UNH's 31-10 win over Lehigh. The 10 catches and two TDs remain career highs for the junior, who is the son of former NFL safety Bo Orlando.
•One week after making his first career start in his collegiate debut, C Mike Coccia also returns to his hometown of Bethlehem, Pa. for this week's battle with Lehigh.
•UNH, which lost only its third opener in Coach McDonnell's 13 years at the reins, looks to avoid its first 0-2 start since 2002 -the only 0-2 start in the Coach Mac era. The 'Cats dropped games at Central Michigan (34-7) and James Madison (20-14) that year as part of an 0-4 start.
•Lehigh QB Chris Lum, who missed last year's game in Durham, was named Patriot League Offensive Player of Week and The Sports Network/Fathead.com co-Offensive Player of the Week after going 22 of 34 for 346 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-24 triumph at Monmouth last Saturday.
•The Wildcats' defense looks to rebound after surrendering 58 points at Toledo, the most in the Coach Mac era. The previous high was 55 points yielded to Maine in a 55-10 loss Nov. 18, 2000.
100 WEEKS AND COUNTING: UNH is ranked in the Top 25 for a CAA-best 100th straight week, a streak that dates back to Sept. 13, 2004. That is more than double the length of the second-longest ranked CAA team, Villanova (45 weeks) and is the second-longest streak in the nation. Montana's string of 180 consecutive weeks is the longest active streak in the nation.
SERIES HISTORY- UNH LEADS, 10-2: UNH has an eight-game winning streak in the series that dates back to 1975. Lehigh's last win against the Wildcats came during the 1982 season. Last year's 31-10 triumph was the first time Coach McDonnell faced the Mountain Hawks. Here is a review of the all-time series
Date H/A UNH LEH W L T Result
11/29/75 A 35 22 1 0 0 Win
10/20/79 H 3 16 1 1 0 Loss
10/17/81 H 13 12 2 1 0 Win
10/16/82 A 17 20 2 2 0 Loss
10/15/83 H 52 28 3 2 0 Win
10/20/84 A 34 10 4 2 0 Win
10/19/85 H 31 17 5 2 0 Win
9/19/92 A 28 14 6 2 0 Win
10/15/94 H 42 10 7 2 0 Win
9/30/95 A 35 14 8 2 0 Win
10/12/96 H 42 27 9 2 0 Win
9/25/10 H 31 10 10 2 0 Win
TALE OF THE TAPE:
Totals (NCAA Rank) UNH LEHIGH
Total Offense 332.0 (55) 529.0 (7)
Rush Offense 152.0 (T-32) 186.0 (23)
Pass Offense 180.0 (62) 346.0 (10)
Points Per Game 22.0 (54) 49.0 (5)
Total Defense 582.0 (102) 351.0 (50)
Rush Defense 278.0 (94) 102.0 (33)
Pass Defense 304 (T-90) 249.0 (74)
Scoring Defense 58.0 (100) 24.0 (T-47)
Possession Avg. 24:09 (96) 27:20 (78)
Sacks/Yards Lost 2/16 (T-45) 0/0 (T-1)
Sacks Made/Yards 0/0 (T-83) 1/7 (T-51)
Penalties/Yards 4/30 (T-13) 7/65 (T-55)
Punts/Net Avg. 4/31.25 (83) 4/22.25 (103)
Turnover Differential -5 (T-102) -1 (T-63)
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Behind a dominant offensive attack coupled with timely defense, No. 13/15 Lehigh opened its season in style, jumping out to a 42-10 lead before holding off a late Monmouth charge to cruise to a 49-24 win Sept. 3. Senior QB Chris Lum completed 22 of 34 for 346 yards and four touchdowns. Two scores came from junior WR Ryan Spadola, who caught six balls for 148 yards. Junior TB Zach Barket also had three touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air.
Senior WR Jake Drwal added eight catches for 117 yards and a highlight-reel touchdown. The Mountain Hawks racked up 529 yards of total offense, with 346 through the air and 183 on the ground.
The Mountain Hawks took their first lead on the first play of their second offensive possession. Lum found a streaking Spadola down the far sideline for a 72-yard touchdown to give Lehigh a 14-7 advantage just 29 seconds into the second quarter.
Lehigh out-gained Monmouth 249-145 in the first half. Lum finished the first 30 minutes 14-of-20 passing for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Spadola was the top target with five grabs for 125 yards while Barket rushed ten times for 30 yards and caught two passes for 28.
Barket led the Mountain Hawks on the ground, with 80 yards on 13 carries. Senior MLB Mike Groome led the Lehigh defense with ten tackles.
Lehigh won back-to-back season-openers for the first time under Andy Coen. Lum's 72 yard touchdown pass to Spadola was the longest by Lehigh since J.B. Clark connected with Sekou Yansane for an 85 yard score in the 2008 season opener versus Drake. Lehigh's 529 total yards were its most since gaining 517 versus Fordham in 2005.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior QB Chris Lum, who did not play in last year's meeting with the Wildcats, was named The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS National co-Offensive Player of the Week and the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week after completing 22 of 34 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns in Lehigh's 49-24 triumph at Monmouth on Sept. 3. The four touchdown passes were a career high for the captain, and Lum recorded his second straight 300-yard passing game and third of his career. He also ran for 27 yards to notch 373 yards of total offense in the game, the sixth-highest total in the country over the weekend. Lum claimed the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award for the third time in his career.
Lehigh returns eight players from last season's All-Patriot League teams. Lum, wide receiver Ryan Spadola and linebacker Mike Groome are Lehigh's three returning first-team selections. The Mountain Hawks also return five second-team selections: center Jim Liebler, wide receiver Jake Drwal, defensive linemen Andrew Knapp and Ben Flizack and linebacker Tanner Rivas. Lehigh's eight returning All-League selections lead the Patriot League.
Lehigh returns 68% of its receiving yardage from last year, including 11 players who caught at least one pass.
Spadola (1,130 yards in 2010) was the breakout star for Lehigh's offense in 2010; Groome was the emerging force for the Mountain Hawks defense. Groome was thrust into the starting lineup when Troy Taylor injured a knee two days before the season opener and never looked back, leading the Mountain Hawks with 131 tackles and earning first team All-Patriot League honors and a fourth team All-America nod from Phil Steele. Groome was named a preseason All-American and the Patriot League's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
LEHIGH NOTES VS WILDCATS IN 2010: With Lum sitting out the game due to injury, then-sophomore QB Mike Colvin struggled in his first career start, going 10-for-28 for 69 yards and three interceptions. Drwal led the way with five catches for 21 yards, and Spadola hauled in the long pass for the day with a 24-yard reception. OLB Colin Newton, now a senior, registered a team-best eight tackles and forced a fumble. Flizack added six tackles, including a sack. Kicker Jake Peery was 1-for-2 in field goal attempts, connecting for a 42-yarder in the first quarter before missing a 45-yard attempt later in that same period.
UNH NOTES VS LEHIGH IN 2010: RB Dontra Peters matched a career high with 19 carries (for 93 yards) and made his first -and still only- career TD reception when he pulled in a 14-yard strike from R.J. Toman. Facing the team from his hometown, WR Joey Orlando set a career high with 10 receptions (for a then-career high 81 yards) and two TDs, also a career best. LB Alan Buzbee led the Wildcats with a career-high 13 tackles, including a forced fumble.
LAST TIME OUT: TOLEDO-58, UNH-22, SEPT. 1: Kevin Decker completed 21 of 28 passes for 162 yards, throwing for a touchdown and rushing for another, but it wasn't enough to prevent the 10th-ranked UNH football team from suffering a 58-22 loss in its season opener at the University of Toledo on Thursday night, Sept. 1, at the Glass Bowl.
RB Nico Steriti (three carries-63 yards), in his collegiate debut, raced for an 87-yard touchdown run, the longest by a Wildcat since Chad Kackert's 87-yard TD scamper at UMass in the D-I FCS national quarterfinals Dec. 2, 2006. Even after Steriti's dazzling run with 8:14 left in the contest, Toledo's lead was a comfortable 58-22.
The Rockets (1-0, 0-0 MAC) of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) dominated the contest, outscoring the Wildcats (0-1, 0-0 CAA) 30-8 in the first half and scoring 35 points off five New Hampshire turnovers. The 58 points were the most allowed by UNH in the Sean McDonnell era.
MLB Matt Evans led the defense with 14 tackles, including eight solo efforts, while Chris Beranger chipped in with a career-high 12 tackles.
UNH scored its first points late in the first half when Decker hit RB Chris Setian (seven rushes-35 yards) for a three-yard touchdown to conclude a nine-play, 61-yard drive with 28 seconds remaining in the first half. It was Setian's first career reception. Decker called his own number to convert the two-point conversion, cutting the deficit to 27-8.
Decker scored the second Wildcat touchdown with 4:08 left in the third quarter, breaking the plane for a one-yard score on 4th-and-goal. The extra point from Mike MacArthur trimmed Toledo's lead to 44-15.
All told, Toledo totaled 582 yards of offense and posted three scoring plays of 45 yards or more in the contest, the first meeting between the two schools in 62 years.
Leading 3-0 late in the first quarter, the Rockets' defense forced its first turnover when Decker's pass intended for tight end Sean Cullen was knocked away by cornerback Taikwon Paige into the hands of safety Diauntae Morrow for an interception, giving the Rockets possession at UNH's 30. Three plays later, Eric Page was on the receiving end of a 24-yard touchdown pass from Austin Dantin. Ryan Casano's extra point lifted Toledo's advantage to 10-0 with 2:24 left in the opening stanza.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Wildcats had six points taken off the board when an apparent 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Dontra Peters (seven rushes-20 yards) was negated by a personal foul penalty. The Rockets capitalized on the good fortune on the ensuing drive when defensive tackle Johnathan Lamb forced a fumble that was recovered by safety Charles Rancifer at UNH's 45-yard line.
Backup quarterback Terrance Owens entered the game and threw his first pass, a 45-yard post pattern to Bernard Reedy for a touchdown with 1:05 left in the first quarter. Casano's PAT made it 17-0.
The lead ballooned to 24-0 with 9:35 left in the second quarter courtesy of a 46-yard touchdown run by tailback Adonis Thomas that put the finishing touches on a seven-play, 82-yard drive. The drive was preceded by UNH's third turnover of the half, a forced fumble by Robert Bell that was picked up by defensive end Malcolm Riley at Toledo's 18.
Casano tacked on two more field goals in the half, a 33-yarder with 3:23 left for a 27-0 lead and a 38-yarder on the final play of the half for a 30-8 lead.
Toledo seized a 3-0 lead with 4:46 remaining in the first quarter when Casano capped an 11-play, 54-yard drive with a 23-yard field goal.
The Rockets scored on their opening possession of the second half, going 75 yards on nine plays before Danton found Morgan Williams on a catch-and-run 15-yard scoring pass play for a 37-8 lead with 12:01 left in the third quarter.
Toledo forced its fourth turnover of the game when linebacker Dan Molls sacked Decker, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Bell at Toledo's 37. One play later, Dantin spotted a wide open Reedy for a 63-yard touchdown, lifting the lead to 44-8 with 8:58 remaining in the third period.
Owens threw his second touchdown strike of the night to Danny Noble on an eight-yard rollout with 14:55 remaining in the game, allowing the Rockets to build a 51-15 lead.
The 58 points were the most allowed by a New Hampshire team since a 64-42 loss to Massachusetts on Nov. 19, 1988.
GRUELING SCHEDULE: In 2010, UNH set a school record by knocking off five ranked opponents en route to a national-leading seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA D-I FCS Championship tournament. The Wildcats face arguably a tougher slate in 2011. Following the season-opening loss at Toledo, an FBS school that went to a bowl game last season, UNH continues a month-long road trip that includes this Saturday's game at No. 14/16 Lehigh and a date with No. 9/11 Richmond on Sept. 24. All told, six of New Hampshire's 10 remaining opponents are currently ranked and two others are in the others-receiving-votes category (Rhode Island, Maine). Here is a look at the list of upcoming ranked opponents and their current rankings:
Date Home/Away Opponent TSN/Fathead Coaches
9/10 Away Lehigh 14 14
9/24 Away Richmond 9 11
10/8 Home Villanova 20 19
10/15 Away William & Mary 5 5
10/22 Neutral UMass 21 RV
11/5 Home James Madison 19 17
STERITI STREAKS TO PAYDIRT: RB Nico Steriti atoned for a fumble earlier in the contest by racing 87 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown at Toledo in the season opener Sept. 1. The redshirt freshman's TD run in his first college game was UNH's longest play from scrimmage since Chad Kackert's 87-yard TD run at UMass in the 2006 NCAA D-I quarterfinals at McGuirk Alumni Stadium on Dec. 2, 2006.
HELLO, MELLO: Sophomore WR Justin Mello proved that the Fall Blue-White Game was no fluke. After leading the Wildcats with five catches for 83 yards in August's intrasquad game, the Dartmouth, Mass. , native tied for the team lead with five catches for a team-best 52 yards in the loss at Toledo on Sept. 1. Both were good for career highs for Mello, who totaled three catches for 31 yards during the entire 2010 campaign.
MACARTHUR PUNTS WAY TO CFPA WEEKLY AWARD: After winning the punting job over Brad Prasky during summer camp, Mike MacArthur wsa impressive in his punting debut at Toledo on Sept. 1. The North Hampton, N.H., native punted four times for 188 yards, averaging 47.0 yards per punt with a long of 57 yards. He was feted with a College Football Performance Award (CFPA) FCS Honorable Mention for week one.
MAC VERSUS THE PATRIOT LEAGUE: Saturday's game marks only the third time the Wildcats have tangled with a Patriot League opponent in the 13-year Sean McDonnell era. The Wildcats defeated Colgate, 55-21, in the opening round of the 2005 NCAA I-AA Championship at Cowell Stadium and downed Lehigh last Sept. 25 in Durham, 31-10. UNH will face another Patriot League foe this season when Holy Cross invades Mooradian Field for the home opener Oct. 1.
PRESEASON WATCH LIST: MLB MATT EVANS #52: After leading UNH with 156 tackles as a sophomore last season, junior MLB Matt Evans picked up right where he left off by pacing the team with 14 tackles, including eight solo stops, in the loss at Toledo on Sept. 1. Evans entered the '11 campaign with a slew of preseason accolades. Here is a snapshot of the honors and Watch Lists for the Hanover, Mass., native:
√ Beyond Sports Network Preseason All-American
√ College Sporting News Preseason All-America
√ The Sports Network/Fathead.com All-America First Team
√ Phil Steele's All-American First Team
√ Phil Steele's All-CAA First Team
√ CAA All-Conference Team
√ Buck Buchanan Award Watch List
√ College Football Performance Awards Watch List
In 2010, Evans garnered all of the following honors:
√College Sporting News Sweet 63 All-America
√All-CAA Second Team
√The Sports Network/Fathead.com All-America Second Team
√A.P. All-America Second Team
√Walter Camp FCS All-America
√Buck Buchanan Award Finalist (finished 4th)
√Bill Knight Trophy Winner (MVP of UNH/UMass game)
PRESEASON WATCH LIST: DE BRIAN MCNALLY #98: Senior co-captain Brian McNally led the CAA with a school-record 13.5 sacks last season, prompting his inclusion on a number of preseason All-America Teams and Watch Lists. Here is a look at the Cornwall, N.Y., native's honors:
√ FCS Senior Scout Bowl All-American
√ College Sporting News All-America
√ CAA All-Conference Team
√ The Sports Network/Fathead.com All-America Second Team
√ Phil Steele's All-American Second Team
√ Phil Steele's All-CAA First Team
√ Buck Buchanan Award Watch List
√ College Football Performance Awards Watch List
McNally was decorated with a number of accolades following the 2010 season:
√College Sporting News Sweet-63 All-America
√ECAC FCS All-Star
√FCS All-New England Team
√All-CAA First Team
√Phil Steele's FCS All-America Third Team
FALL BLUE/WHITE GAME RECAP: Kevin Decker completed 18 of 20 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns to guide Team Wild to a 44-20 triumph over Team Cats in the University of New Hampshire football team's Blue-White Game at Cowell Stadium on August 23. Nico Steriti rushed seven times for 49 yards and three touchdowns, and Chris Setian paced the running attack by barreling his way to 78 yards on eight carries. Justin Mello was the top receiving target, snaring five receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Tim Farina also amassed five catches for 57 yards, while Chris Jeannot (four catches-46 yards) and Jimmy Giansante (three catches-27 yards) each registered a touchdown catch.
Defensively, Akil Anderson collected a team-high 10 tackles and chipped in with a pass break-up. Tre Williams supplied eight tackles and a pass break-up, Chad Wilkes tallied seven stops and Tyrone Conley notched five tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack.
Decker orchestrated scoring drives on all five possessions in which he played, beginning with a 48-yard scoring strike to Mello just 41 seconds into the game. Following an extra point from Mike MacArthur, it was a 7-0 lead for Wild.
After Christian Breda cut the Cats' deficit to 7-3 with a 35-yard field goal, A.J. DeLago responded for Team Wild with a 37-yard kick to up the lead to 10-3.
Steriti rushed for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns, scoring on a seven-yard scamper and leapfrogging a defender for a three-yard score, bumping Team Wild's lead to 24-3 after one.
James Brady solidified a hold on the backup quarterback position by going 17 of 24 for 191 yards and a 16-yard scoring strike to Mello.
Andy Vailas was 11-for-15 for 54 yards, including a 10-yard TD pass to Giansante, and Sean Goldrich completed six of nine passes for 84 yards.
MCNALLY, FLEMINGS, JENKINS NAMED SENIOR SCOUT BOWL ALL-AMERICANS: Senior defensive end Brian McNally has been selected as a 2011 preseason football All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl selection committee. Cornerback Kyle Flemings earned Second-Team honors, and defensive end James Jenkins received honorable mention.
The FCS Senior Scout Bowl is a postseason all-star game showcasing the talent of senior players from the NCAA FCS level. The game is presented by the Collegiate Development Football League and will be held Dec. 17, 2011 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Player selections for this game begin with the announcement of the FCS Senior Scout Bowl All-American team. This team recognizes the football achievements of senior players who are entering their final season on the FCS level. Last year's inaugural game was played at the Joseph St. Lawrence Sports Complex Stadium in Ramapo, N.Y.
During his junior campaign, McNally was feted as a College Sporting News Sweet-63 All-America, an ECAC All-Star, a member of the FCS All-New England team, Phil Steele's FCS All-America Third Team and All-CAA First Team.
Flemings, who started all 13 games at cornerback last season, tied for the team lead with eight pass break-ups, notched four interceptions, including picks in three straight games (Sept. 25-Oct. 9), compiled 30 tackles, recovered two fumbles and forced a fumble.
Jenkins, who started opposite McNally at defensive end for all 13 games in 2010, led all Wildcat DEs with 43 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, and four sacks.
The FCS Senior Scout Bowl selection committee will review player performance throughout the 2011 season and is committed to bring 86 of the top players to the FCS Scout Bowl in a " North versus South" format.
ZARKOSKIE NOMINATED FOR ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM: UNH junior OL Chris Zarkoskie has been nominated for the 2011 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team ®, it was announced by Allstate Insurance Company and AFCA on July 19. The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team ® recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation.
Zarkoskie, who started all 13 games at center for the Wildcats last season, volunteers his time to welcome members of the U.S. Armed Forces back from service overseas and to bid them well upon deployment as a member of the "Pease Greeters" at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, N.H. He received the 2010-11 CAA Commissioner's Academic Award and was named to the 2010 CAA Academic All-Conference Team.
Away from campus during semester breaks, the 6-foot-1, 288-pound psychology major has volunteered at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, N.J., distributing the Eucharist since his senior year of high school. Zarkoskie was a retreat leader during his high school career and was deeply involved in Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing organization that builds simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need. He was feted with the Most Representative Setonian award at Seton Hall Preparatory School as the graduating senior who best represented the idealized graduate by demonstrating academic and athletic success while being community oriented, caring and dedicated to self-sacrifice.
From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select two 11-player Good Works Teams® – one comprising of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA. The 22 student-athletes named to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® will be announced in late September.
•RB Dontra Peters needs 94 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for his career.
•WR Joey Orlando needs 11 all-purpose yards to reach 1,000 for his career and 85 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for his career.
•TE Chris Jeannot needs 13 receiving yards to reach 500 for his career and eight receptions to reach 50 for his career.
•WR Mickey Mangieri needs 105 all-purpose yards to reach 500 for his career.
•LB Matt Evans needs 16 tackles to reach 200 for his career.
WILDCATS' TV SCHEDULE: Saturday's game will be telecast regionally on Service Electric 2 Sports in the Lehigh Valley. The game will be aired on tape delay Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. on Fox College Sports (FCS) Atlantic. The Wildcats went 4-4 in television tilts during the 2010 season and are 0-1 this season. Here is a snapshot of New Hampshire's telecasts this year (subject to change):
Date Opponent Television Outlet
Sept. 1 @ Toledo BCSN-TV | ESPN3
Sept. 10 @ Lehigh FCS Atlantic (Tape Delay)
Sept. 24 @ Richmond CSN-NE
Oct. 15 @ W&M TCN | COX11
Oct. 22 UMass* CSN-NE
Oct. 29 vs URI CSN-NE
Nov. 19 vs MAINE CSN-NE
*at Gillette Stadium
VIDEO STREAMING OF ALL HOME GAMES: UNH is once again partnering with Pack Network to provide online streaming of UNH football in 2011 In addition to streaming all live home games, the Wildcat All-Access Pass on UNHwildcats.tv also provides an in-depth archive section, interviews, highlight packages and much more. It is the ideal way for Wildcats' fans, alumni and other supporters to keep track of their favorite teams all season long when they can't make it to the games in Durham.
WILDCAT SPORTS RADIO NETWORK: Wildcat Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports, is the multimedia rights holder for UNH Athletics. The Wildcat Sports Network consists of flagship station WGIR-AM 610 in Manchester, N.H., which has been the headquarters for UNH play-by-play since 2008, and five affiliates: The Wave (96.7 WQSO-FM) in Portsmouth; WGIN-AM 930 (Rochester); WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London); WSMN-AM 1590 (Nashua) and WASR-AM 1420 (Wolfeboro). Each game is streamed live online at www.unhwildcats.com.
Jim Jeannotte, a 22-time winner of the N.H. Sportscaster of the Year award, returns as radio voice of the Wildcats in 2011, a post he's held since 1981. His UNH football broadcasting career dates back to 1974. In 2010, Jeannotte was feted with the George C. Carens Award, presented annually by the N.E. Football Writers for contributions to New England college football. He was inducted into the NHIAA Hall of Fame in 2002 and serves on the board of directors of the Joe Yukica New Hampshire chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Bob Lipman, a two-time N.H. Sportscaster of the Year, joins the network as color commentator in 2011. Lipman is the longtime voice of the N.H. Fisher Cats' baseball team and former voice of Dartmouth College football.
Nick Anastos, a 2005 Hofstra graduate, joins the broadcast team as a sideline reporter this season. Anastos previously worked as the play-by-play voice of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and in Minor League Baseball for the State College Spikes and the Dayton Dragons.
All 11 games will be broadcast live, with the pregame show beginning 30 minutes prior to kickoff.