New Hampshire’s Evans selected to East-West Shrine Game

Updated: January 3, 2013

University of New Hampshire senior linebacker Matt Evans isn’t hanging up his cleats just yet. On Thursday, the school announced he has been selected to play in the 88th annual East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19.

Evans, a consensus All-America linebacker, and the 2011 Buck Buchanan Award
winner, recently became just the fourth FCS player all-time to be recognized
as a three-time Walter Camp Foundation All-America selection.

The 6-foot, 228-pounder, from Hanover, Mass., led CAA Football with 126 total
tackles this season and added an FCS-best 87 solo stops. The senior became
UNH’s all-time leading tackler on Nov. 3 versus William & Mary and finished
his career with 460 total tackles, 266 of which were solo.

Just a three-year starter, Evans added to New Hampshire qualifying for the FCS
playoffs in the last nine seasons. He finished the 2012 season with six
straight double-digit tackle games and led the Wildcats in tackles in all but
three contests.

The East-West Shrine Game recognizes some of the best college football players
from across the nation, through all levels, and benefits the Shriners
Hospitals for Children. It has taken place since 1925 and is the nation’s
longest-running standout college football contest.

This year’s game will take place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.