WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former University of New Hampshire football co-captain Brian McNally (Cornwall, N.Y.) signed a free agent contract with the National Football League's Washington Redskins, the club announced Thursday. McNally was one of 12 undrafted college free agents to join the team on the eve of its first rookie mini-camp at Redskins Park.
McNally, who graduated in December with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology: Physical Education Pedagogy, concluded his UNH career as one of the most fearsome pass rushers in school history. The 22-year-old collected 27.5 career sacks over his four years and established the University's all-time, single-season record with 13.5 sacks as a junior in 2010.
The 6-foot-3, 272-pound defensive end was a two-time member of the CAA All-Conference First Team, twice garnered FCS All-New England Team recognition and also was feted as an ECAC First Team All-Star in back-to-back seasons; all honors were for the 2010 and '11 seasons.
McNally tallied 26 tackles and amassed a team-leading 7.5 sacks this past year to earn College Sports Journal FCS All-America Honorable Mention, the prestigious Bill Bowes Coaches Award and membership on the CAA Academic All-Conference Team.
As a junior, the Cornwall, N.Y., native was tabbed a College Sporting News Sweet-63 All-America and was selected to Phil Steele's FCS All-America Third Team. He was named the 2008 CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year after emerging as a force on the Wildcats' defensive line to record 55 tackles and a team-leading 8.5 tackles for loss as a redshirt freshman.
The only current UNH alum on an NFL active roster is defensive back Corey Graham '07, who joined the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent in December following a successful five-year stint with the Chicago Bears.
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