Casey DeAndrade, Football

Casey, a sophomore defensive back from East Bridgewater, Mass., recorded six tackles and a pass breakup as part of a dominant defensive effort that led the No. 4/6 UNH football team to last Saturday’s 32-3 victory vs. No. 10/11 William & Mary at Cowell Stadium.

He also made an impact on special teams with five punt returns for 53 yards (10.6 average). His returns helped give the Wildcats excellent field position with possession starts at the UNH 49 (interception), UNH 46 (field goal) and UNH 44 (touchdown).

In six games, Casey ranks sixth on the team in tackles (27) and first in pass breakups (seven). He has amassed 201 all-purpose yards on nine punt returns for 106 yards (11.8 average) and five kickoff returns for 95 yards (19.0 average). He has recorded a season-high 53 all-purpose yards each of the last two weeks.

Casey played in 14 of 15 games a year ago and ranked No. 2 in the nation – tops on the team and in the CAA – in pass breakups with 20. He also ranked second on the squad in interceptions (three) and fourth in tackles (69). Casey recorded at least one tackle every game with 5+ tackles eight times, including a season-high seven in the regular-season finale vs. Maine.

In 20 career games, Casey has 96 career tackles (72-24) with 27 pass breakups, three interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Casey is a two-time selection to the CAA Academic All-Conference Team and was a College Sports Madness All-Conference Third Team honoree last year.

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