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01/04/13 - University of New Hampshire senior linebacker Matt Evans was selected to participate in the 88th annual East-West Shrine Game, the nation's longest-running all-star college football game, scheduled for 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 career with 460 stops and 266 solo tackles; both totals ranked first among all FCS players that were active in 2012. - Foster's Daily Democrat
01/03/13 - University of New Hampshire senior linebacker Matt Evans 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.
Evans, who is from Hanover, Mass., 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 (joining ex-Wildcats Ricky Santos and 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. - New Hampshire football
11/08/12 - Matt Evans is the all-time leader in tackles at the University of New Hampshire, a football program rich in history dating back to its days in the Yankee Conference. He is the reigning Buck Buchanan Award winner, annually presented to the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). There is little about Evans, whether it be a 16-tackle performance against Richmond, or a game-changing stop against another Colonial Athletic Association foe, that is a surprise anymore to UNH coach Sean McDonnell. “It’s hard to explain sometimes when you coach a kid who just has great instincts and an ability to get to the ball,” said McDonnell of the senior linebacker from Hanover. “He just loves the game and plays hard. He’s the best tackler we’ve ever had here. With his 10 tackles in a 28-25 CAA win over William & Mary Saturday afternoon, the 6-foot, 225-pound Evans surged past 1981 grad Steve Doig as the program’s career leader in stops with 437. A model of consistency over the past three years, the Thayer Academy graduate has racked up 103 tackles this season — including an FCS-high 69 solo stops — for the 11th-ranked Wildcats (8-2), who have won five straight games. He is tied for the team lead with three sacks and has a team-high 8.5 tackles for loss. Just as Evans has overcome his lack of size to thrive at the college level, he hopes to take a shot at the National Football League after his stellar career at UNH is over. Pro scouts have been in Durham to look at a number of players, including Evans. He could emerge as a late-round draft choice, or be given a shot by an NFL team as a free agent. “That’s probably the best shot I have is going the free agent route,” he said. “To catch on with an NFL team, if that happened, would be a dream come true.’’ - John Johnson, Boston.com
10/26/12 - Eastern Illinois wide receiver Erik Lora and New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans are closing in on some impressive records with only four weeks remaining in the 2012 season. Evans, the 2011 Buck Buchanan Award winner and a first-team All-America selection, needs at least 20 tackles in the team's last three games to overtake Steve Doig (1978-81) as the all-time leader in UNH history. Evans is the FCS' current active leader with 415 career tackles. He also is the active leader in solo tackles (235) for a career. No. 12 UNH visits Rhode Island on Saturday. - Sports Network
07/25/12 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-CAA FOOTBALL TEAM (COACHES): Linebacker Matt Evans, Senior, New Hampshire, has been selected First Team Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association football for the 2012 college football season as chosen by the CAA head football coaches. Evans, the reigning Buck Buchanan Award winner as the 2011 FCS national defensive player of the year, earned All-CAA First Team honors last season after being selected as a member of the Preseason All-Conference Team. The Hanover, Mass., native, who enters this season with 334 career tackles, the fifth most in UNH history and just 100 shy of all-time leader Steve Doig (1978-81), was tabbed to the All-CAA Second Team during his 2010 sophomore campaign. In 2011, Evans led the country with 7.67 solo tackles/game and ranked second nationally with 165 total stops, the second most in UNH single-season history. He tallied 10 double-digit tackle performances, notched three interceptions – two of which he returned for touchdowns as part of his 102 INT-return yards – paced the Wildcats with three forced fumbles and ranked second on the squad with 7.5 tackles for loss. - New Hampshire football
07/24/12 - 2012 CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Linebacker Matt Evans, Senior, New Hampshire...Evans, the reigning Buck Buchanan Award winner as the 2011 FCS national defensive player of the year, has the opportunity to become only the second two-time recipient in the 18-year history of the honor. The Hanover, Mass., native enters this season with 334 career tackles, the fifth most in UNH history and just 100 shy of all-time leader Steve Doig (1978-81). In 2011, Evans led the country with 7.67 solo tackles/game and ranked second nationally with 165 total stops, the second-most in UNH single-season history. He tallied 10 double-digit tackle performances, notched three interceptions- two of which he returned for touchdowns as part of his 102 INT-return yards- paced the Wildcats with three forced fumbles and ranked second on the squad with 7.5 tackles for loss. - New Hampshire football
07/20/12 - 2012 BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Matt Evans, LB, New Hampshire, Senior...Having captured the 2011 Buck Buchanan Award as a junior, Evans will try to become only the second two-time winner (following Appalachian State linebacker Dexter Coakley in 1995-96). Evans was the nation's leader in tackles during the regular season, including 24 against Lehigh, and finished the playoffs at No. 2 overall with nearly 13.8 per game. The All-America first-team choice had 92 solos among his 165 tackles. A tackle machine, he had 156 as a sophomore in 2010, when he was fourth in the Buchanan balloting. The middle linebacker uses speed and athleticism to get around blocks and to the ball. - The Sports Network
07/20/12 - New Hampshire senior linebacker Matt Evans has the opportunity to become only the second two-time winner of the Buck Buchanan Award. Of course, there is a stellar list of players on the Buchanan Watch List whom he has to compete against this season. They, too, are anxious be named the outstanding defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision. Their candidacy began Thursday when The Sports Network announced 20 players, including six finalists from last season, in the race for the 18th annual award. This season's winner will join a list of Buchanan Award greats such as Dexter Coakley, Jared Allen, Rashean Mathis and Kroy Biermann. Coakley, the original Buchanan recipient in 1995, won again a year later and remains the only two- time winner of the award. Evans hopes to follow in the footsteps of the former NFL linebacker. The 6- foot, 226-pound native of Hanover, Mass., led the FCS in tackles during the regular season and finished second overall with nearly 13.8 per game. In 2010, he finished fourth in the Buchanan Award voting as a sophomore. - The Sports Network
07/11/12 - 2012 SPORTS NETWORK FCS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: Matt Evans, New Hampshire, LB, Sr, has been selected Preseason FCS First Team All-American for the 2012 college football season by The Sports Network. Evans, the 2011 Buck Buchanan Award winner as the national defensive player of the year, led the country with 7.67 solo tackles/game and ranked second nationally with 165 total stops, the second-most in UNH single-season history, last season. The 6-foot, 226-pound middle linebacker, who was feted as a Beyond Sports Network Preseason All-American in June, garnered numerous accolades last season: Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American; Phil Steele's All-America First Team; The Sports Network/Fathead.com All-America; College Sports Madness All-American; CFPA Elite Linebacker Award; BSN National Defensive Player of the Year; Gold Helmet Award as New England's FCS player of the year; All-CAA First Team; All-New England Team and the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award. - New Hampshire football
01/06/12 - New Hampshire junior linebacker Matt Evans won the Buck Buchanan Award on Thursday night as the Football Championship Subdivision’s outstanding defensive player. He led FCS players with 154 tackles and 88 solo stops. “I just try, and want to be, the best player I can be,” Evans said. “If I play well and get those honors, that is just added incentive. Obviously, it means more to me for the team to have a better season.” Evans appeared on 113 of the 132 ballots and received 45 first-place votes. Northern Iowa senior linebacker L.J. Fort was seconds in the voting. Towson running back Terrance West won the inaugural Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman. West ran for 1,294 yards and an FCS-high 29 rushing touchdowns. Also, Towson coach Rob Ambrose won the Eddie Robinson Award as the coach of the year. The Tigers were 9-3 and won the Colonial Athletic Association title after finishing 2-9 and 1-10 in Ambrose’s first two seasons. On Saturday night, Sam Houston State will face North Dakota State in the division championship game. - AP Sports