January 3, 2013

Evans Selected to Play in East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game

DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) has been selected to participate in the 88th annual East-West Shrine Game, the nation's longest-running all-star college football game, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Opening kickoff is set for 4 p.m., and the game will be televised live on the NFL Network. Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game has pitted the best college football players from the East and West sides of the United States against one another in an all-star game played to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children®.

Evans led the CAA with 126 total tackles, which ranked 19th in the country, and he tacked on a nation-best 87 solo tackles in his final season as a Wildcat. The senior, 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 ranked first among all FCS players that were active in 2012.

The UNH co-captain was recognized as a Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America for the third time, becoming just the fourth player –and third from UNH (Ricky Santos, David Ball)- to garner that honor three times. The 6-foot, 228-pounder was also feted as an A.P. All-America, AFCA Coaches' All-America, The Sports Network All-America, Beyond Sports Network All-America Second Team, All-CAA First Team and All-New England Team. College Sports Madness recognized the 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.

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

The East-West Shrine Game attracts dozens of NFL scouts and is often a launching pad to a career as a professional football player. The contest has grown far beyond its California-based roots into a nationally celebrated and televised event that attracts tens of thousands of fans and raises funds and awareness for the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children. 

For more information about the UNH football team, visit www.unhwildcats.com. For more information on the East-West Shrine Game, visit www.shrinegame.com.

View: Mobile | Desktop