Harris and Peters Receive Weekly CAA Football Awards

R.J. Harris

RICHMOND, Va. – CAA Football announced Monday that University of New Hampshire wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) is the CAA Football Rookie of the Week and Wildcat kick returner Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) is the CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week. 

Harris, a redshirt freshman, logged accolades after setting career highs with 12 receptions, 120 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the then 11th-ranked Wildcats' 45-43 triumph over then-No.5/No. 7 Richmond on Saturday. Harris' first TD grab, a 19-yard reception from Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.), got UNH on the scoreboard with 14:12 left in the second quarter, reducing the Spiders' lead to 10-7. His second scoring reception was a 47-yard hookup with Decker that proved to be the difference in the contest, as the 'Cats claimed a 45-36 advantage with 2:45 left in the fourth quarter.

Peters totaled 261 all-purpose yards, including 141 yards on eight kickoff returns. The junior returned the opening kick of the second half a career-best 70 yards, setting up a Wildcat touchdown drive. He added a team-leading 64 rushing yards on nine carries, eclipsing the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career, and pulled in four catches for 56 yards –both career highs.

UNH plays host to Holy Cross this Saturday, Oct. 1, at 12 p.m. in the home opener at Cowell Stadium. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, x 5.

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