LEESBURG, Va. – Reigning Beyond Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Year Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) from the University of New Hampshire football team has been selected to the BSN Preseason All-American Team, the organization announced Monday.
Junior guard Ricky Archer (The Plains, Va.) was tabbed to the BSN Preseason All-American Second Team, junior safety Chris Beranger (Winthrop, Mass.) earned a place on the Third Team and sophomore wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) claimed Honorable Mention honors.
Evans, a senior co-captain in 2012, received the 2011 Buck Buchanan Award as the Football Championship Subdivision national defensive player of the year. The middle linebacker led the nation with 7.67 solo tackles/game and ranked second nationally with 165 total stops, the second-most in UNH single-season history. The 6-foot, 226-pounder garnered numerous accolades last season: Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American; Phil Steele's All-America First Team; The Sports Network/Fathead.com All-America; College Sports Madness All-American; CFPA Elite Linebacker Award; Gold Helmet Award as New England's FCS player of the year; All-CAA First Team; All-New England Team and the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award.
Archer, a junior offensive lineman, has started 18 games over the past two seasons, including all 12 contests a year ago. The 6-foot-2, 278-pound right guard was tabbed to the FCS All-New England Team and the All-CAA Second Team last season after helping anchor the front line for the league's top-ranked passing offense (274.7 yards/game), No. 3-ranked scoring offense (32.8 points/game) and third-ranked total offense (427.8 yards/game).
Beranger enters his junior season on the heels of an impressive '11 campaign, which included 142 tackles (No. 4 in school history) as the Wildcats' starting free safety. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound defensive back ranked third in the CAA and fifth in the nation in total tackles and tackles/game (11.8); he paced the 'Cats in tackles in seven of their 12 games and registered double-digit tackles eight times.
In his first collegiate season Harris, a now-sophomore, collected four 100-yard receiving games and two CAA Rookie of the Week awards en route to a berth on the All-CAA Second Team and the College Sports Journal All-Freshman Team. The 6-foot, 190-pound wideout hauled in 50 receptions for a team-leading 714 yards and seven touchdowns, which tied for the CAA lead.
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