Football's Evans named to A.P. & The Sports Network FCS All-America Team

Matt Evans | First Team
Jared Smith | Third Team

PHILADELPHIAMatt Evans (Hanover, Mass.), the most prolific tackler in University of New Hampshire football history, was named Monday to The Sports Network FCS All-America Team for the second straight year, while Jared Smith (Greencastle, Pa.) was named to the All-America Third Team.

Evans, a senior, led the CAA with 126 total tackles, which ranked 20th in the country, and he tacked on a nation-best 87 solo tackles. The co-captain, who became UNH's all-time tackle leader Nov. 3 in a home win against William & Mary, capped his illustrious career with 460 stops and 266 solo tackles; both totals rank first among all active FCS players. Evans has also been recognized as an A.P. FCS All-America, AFCA FCS Coaches' All-America, a member of the Beyond Sports Network All-America Second Team, All-CAA First Team and All-New England Team. College Sports Madness recognized the 6-foot, 228-pound middle linebacker as its CAA Defensive Player of the Year and as an All-America Second Team performer. Evans, the 2011 Buck Buchanan Award winner as the national defensive player of the year, closed out the season with six straight double-digit tackle games (seven overall) and led the Wildcats in tackles nine times in 12 games.

Smith, a senior, ranked fifth in the CAA with 10 tackles for loss, and his four sacks ranked third in the league. In 11 games, the 6-foot-3, 292-pound defensive tackle recorded 40 tackles, 26 solo, blocked three kicks, forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble and tallied four pass breakups. Smith, an NFL prospect who was named to the inaugural Senior Bowl Watch List in August, was tabbed to the All-CAA First Team, College Sports Madness All-CAA First Team and the All-New England Team. Entering the season, the Greencastle, Pa., native was ranked the No. 23 defensive tackle nationally by Phil Steele. 

No. 11/13 UNH qualified for the NCAA Division I Football Championship for the ninth straight season –the longest active FCS streak- before losing 23-7 at No. 9/9 Wofford in the second round Dec. 1. The Wildcats, co-champions of the CAA, concluded their season with an 8-4 record.

For more information about the UNH football team, visit www.unhwildcats.com. For more information on The Sports Network All-America Teams, visit www.sportsnetwork.com.

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