PHILADELPHIA – Senior Jared Smith (Greencastle, Pa.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named to the 2012 College Sports Journal Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team, which was announced Thursday.
Smith, a 6-foot-3, 292-pound defensive tackle, previously earned a berth on the The Sports Network All-America Third Team, the Beyond Sports Network All-America Third Team, the All-CAA First Team, the College Sports Madness All-CAA First Team and the All-New England Team. Smith started 11 games and compiled 40 tackles, 26 solo, with a team-leading 10 tackles for loss (0.91 per game), which ranked fifth in the CAA. The Greencastle, Pa., native tied for the team lead with four sacks, forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble, collected four pass breakups and tallied a team-high three blocked kicks.
The 63 players on the CSJ All-America Team represent 63 scholarships at the FCS level, and the team is put together in such a way as to be a fully functioning squad, with all positions on offense, defense and special teams.
Senior linebacker Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named a College Sports Journal All-America Honorable Mention. The co-captain, who led the CAA with 126 total tackles (No. 19 in FCS) and a nation-best 87 solo tackles in his final season as a Wildcat, became the University's all-time tackle leader Nov. 3 in a home win against William & Mary. The native of Hanover, Mass., capped his illustrious career with 460 stops and 266 solo tackles; both totals ranked first among all FCS players that were active in 2012. Evans has also been recognized as a College Sporting News Fabulous 50 FCS All-America, Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America, 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 Evans 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.
The CSJ All-America Team was selected by a blue ribbon panel of FCS experts put together by College Sports Journal executive editor David Coulson and CSJ publisher and managing editor Chuck Burton.
No. 13/13 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.
For more information about the UNH football team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.