RICHMOND, Va. – University of New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) and kick return specialist Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) have been recognized as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively, the league announced Monday.
Evans racked up a game-high 13 solo tackles, forced two fumbles and notched a pass breakup in 13th-ranked UNH's 27-21 victory over No. 22 Massachusetts at the Colonial Clash on Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. The junior leads the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in tackles/game (13.9) and solo tackles/game (8.9), while his 97 total tackles rank first in the CAA. It marks the second time he's garnered the award this season and fifth time in his career. Evans previously was recognized for his career-best 24 tackles in the Wildcats' victory at then No. 14 Lehigh on Sept. 10.
Peters, who received the Bill Knight Trophy as the most outstanding player in Saturday's triumph, amassed 98 yards on three kickoff returns, with a long of 44 yards on the game's opening kick that ignited a UNH scoring drive. The running back added 92 rushing yards on 13 carries, matching a career high with two touchdowns. He also grabbed a team-leading three receptions for 18 yards, compiling a game-high 208 all-purpose yards. Peters is 25th in the nation and second in the CAA in kick return yards/game (25.6), and he is second in the CAA in all-purpose yards/game (155.0). It is the second career CAA Special Teams Player of the Week award for the 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior; he was honored following the win at then fifth-ranked Richmond on Sept. 24 when he produced 141 kick-return yards and 261 all-purpose yards against the Spiders.
The Wildcats (5-2, 3-1 CAA) play host to the University of Rhode Island (2-5, 1-3) this Saturday, Oct. 29, in a 12 p.m. Homecoming game at Cowell Stadium. The game will be televised live by Comcast SportsNet New England. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, x 5.