#SeawolvesSnaps - Opponent Outlook: New Hampshire
Aug 26, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
In the 17th installment of #SeawolvesSnaps, GoSeawolves.org previews New Hampshire, which has made each of the last nine Division I Football Championships. For season tickets, please call (631) 632-WOLF or CLICK HERE
Team: New Hampshire Wildcats
2012 Record: 8-4, 6-2 CAA Football
Coach: Sean McDonnell, 15th season at UNH
Returning Starters: 8/3 (offense); 7/4 (defense)
Series History: New Hampshire leads 1-0
Last Meeting: The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in the country, defeated the Seawolves, 62-7, in head coach Chuck Priore's third game at Stony Brook in 2006. Anthony Hamilton's 10-yard touchdown cut UNH's lead to 20-7 towards the end of the first quarter. New Hampshire rushed for more than 400 yards.
Scouting the Offense: New Hampshire has the luxury of two players who could start at quarterback, sophomore Sean Goldrich and junior Andy Vailas. Both signal callers played extensively last year after taking over the reins. The Wildcats utilize a three-headed monster at running back led by junior Nico Steriti, who totaled 921 yards and nine touchdowns. Junior R.J. Harris is the team's best weapon at wide receiver. He caught 84 passes for 1,059 yards and nine touchdowns. Three starters return on the offensive line, including senior co-captain Seamus O'Neill.
Scouting the Defense: The Wildcats' two starting defensive ends, seniors Jay Colbert and Cody Muller, played in all 12 games last year. UNH will need to replace Jared Smith, a Seattle Seahawks draft pick. Candidates for the interior include Sean McCann and Matt Kaplan. Matt Evans, the school's all-time leading tackler, graduated. Junior Shane McNeely and sophomore Akil Anderson could claim starting spots at linebacker. Seniors Manny Asam and Chris Houston lead the secondary.
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Did You Know? New Hampshire's streak of nine straight seasons in the Division I Football Championship is the longest active streak in the country.