SOUTHFIELDS, N.Y. – University of New Hampshire senior offensive lineman Ricky Archer (The Plains, Va.) has been named to the 2013 FCS Senior Scout Bowl Preseason All-American First Team, and senior co-captains Seamus O'Neill (Manchester, N.H.) and Manny Asam (Bloomfield, N.J.) were each tabbed to the Second Team.
The fourth annual FCS Senior Scout Bowl, which is presented by the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL), is a senior showcase all-star game for graduating FCS players. It is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Archer, who was ineligible last season, is a 6-foot-2, 283-pound lineman who is slated to start at right guard for the Wildcats. Archer started all 12 games in that role during his sophomore campaign in 2011 when he was feted as a member of the All-CAA Second Team and the FCS All-New England Team. In 2012, he was named to the CAA Preseason All-Conference Team, the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Preseason All-American Second Team and to both the College Sports Journal and Phil Steele's Preseason All-America Third Team.
O'Neill, who started all 12 games at left tackle last season for a UNH offense that ranked second in the league in scoring (34.1 points/game), total offense (451.5 yards/game) and first downs (22.1/game), adds Senior Scout Bowl Preseason All-American Second Team to his plethora of preseason accolades: CAA All-Conference; Phil Steele's All-American Third Team; The Sports Network All-America Third Team and the BSN All-America Second Team. In 2012, the 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman garnered All-CAA First Team, College Sports Madness All-CAA First Team, ECAC All-Star and BSN All-America Honorable Mention honors to go along with his third CAA Commissioner's Academic Award.
Asam, who was previously named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Defensive Back Award Watch List, joined O'Neill on the CAA Preseason All-Conference Team. The 6-foot, 187-pound strong safety earned All-CAA Second Team recognition last season when he compiled 76 tackles, including 57 solo stops, to rank second on the 'Cats. Asam, who has started 24 straight games, enters his senior campaign as the team's active leader in career tackles (151).
The All-American players that participate in the Senior Scout Bowl will be evaluated to comprise the 2013-14 USA National Team for international competitions. The second Euro-American Challenge International Scout Bowl will be held in Myrtle Beach on Friday, Dec. 20 (7 p.m.). The CDFL is a football organization devoted to providing skill development and game-playing opportunities for post high school and post college players between the ages of 18-25. To learn more about the FCS Senior Scout Bowl and other CDFL events, visit www.CDFLbowlgames.com.
The No. 11/8 UNH football team opens its season Saturday, Sept. 7, at Central Michigan (0-1, 0-0 MAC) of the Football Bowl Subdivision. The 3 p.m. game will be carried live on ESPN3. The Wildcats' home opener is slated for Saturday, Sept. 14, at 12 p.m., against Colgate. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call 1-800-745-3000.