Aug 30, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT
CAA Football will chronicle all 10 of its programs each weekday leading up to the 2010 season kickoff Thursday, Sept. 2. Using the league’s preseason poll as a guide we will work our way up to the league favorite. Check back each day for information on your favorite team.
Today’s squad: The New Hampshire Wildcats
Since the start of the 2004 season, the University of New Hampshire football team has ridden an unprecedented string of success: six straight appearances in the NCAA FCS Playoffs; five quarterfinal-round postseason appearances; four CAA North Division titles; five consecutive victories over FBS foes: Ball State (’09), Army (’08), Marshall (’07), Northwestern (’06) and Rutgers (’04); and an impressive 57-20 record under head coach Sean McDonnell during that span.
The Wildcats return senior quarterback R.J. Toman to the fold, as the offensive co-captain enters his third straight fall as the starter. Entering this season, Toman’s 5,601 passing yards place him fourth all-time at UNH.
Senior running back and offensive co-captain Sean Jellison scored nine touchdowns last season, ranking fourth overall in the CAA. He is expected to share rushing chores with sophomore Dontra Peters and redshirt freshman Chris Setian.
An experienced receiving corps features senior Kevon Mason, junior Mickey Mangieri, sophomore Joey Orlando and senior Terrance Fox, who returns to the mix after missing the entire 2009 season. Junior Chris Jeannot gets the nod at tight end.
Four offensive linemen return with starting experience, anchored at left tackle by senior Seth Price, junior left guard George Pecoraro, sophomore center Chris Zarkoskie and sophomore right tackle Mickey DiLima. The relative newcomer is redshirt freshman Seamus O’Neill at right guard.
CAA Preseason All-Conference defensive end Brian McNally headlines an experienced front four that includes senior nose tackle Steve Young, junior tackle John Murray and junior end James Jenkins seeing the bulk of the action.
Senior co-captain Devon Jackson led the Wildcats in tackles from his middle linebacker position in 2009; he is expected to pair with sophomore Matt Evans in the middle of the Wildcats’ 4-2-5 defensive alignment. Senior co-captain and two-time Preseason All-CAA cornerback Dino Vasso teams with junior Kyle Flemings at the corners, with senior safeties Hugo Souza, Ryan McGuinness and Mike Perkins rounding out the unit.
On special teams, A.J. DeLago is penciled in as the starting kicker; senior punter Ryan Glasgow returns for a second season as the starter, and Fox, Vasso and Peters should share kick-return responsibilities.
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10T/10D TRIVIA FOR TODAY: New Hampshire head coach Sean McDonnell has taken his alma mater to the playoffs six-straight seasons. What year did Coach McDonnell begin his coaching tenure at New Hampshire? Hint: We are referring to assistant years.
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