New Hampshire Football Report

Reisert may start late

Although the University of New Hampshire returns nine defensive starters from last year’s team, it’s unlikely that one of those starters will be cleared to play when UNH opens its season at Maine on Aug. 30 (7 p.m.).

Defensive end Kyle Reisert suffered an injury to his left knee during last year’s game against Elon. The injury required surgery in November, and UNH coach said Reisert may not be available for game action until the end of September.

“Kyle had a knee injury that he’s still rehabbing,” UNH defensive coordinator John Lyons said at the team’s media day Friday. “He’s going to miss a little bit of time here early. Kyle really gives us a lot of flexibility because going into last year he was probably our best end, but he was also big and strong and smart enough to play inside in passing situations.”

USA Today named Reisert New Hampshire’s Defensive Player of the Year following his senior season at Plymouth Regional High School. He was selected to play in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl and in the CHaD New Hampshire East-West New Hampshire All-Star Game.

Reisert, a senior, has been a key member on the defensive side of the ball for UNH in each of the last three seasons, and has been productive in the classroom as well. He was named the 2017-18 Colonial Athletic Association’s Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


2017: CAA Academic Honor Roll. … CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team. … CAA Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. … Chi Alpha Sigma inductee. …  Started all six games in which he played. … sidelined by injury the first four games and last four games. … recorded five solo tackles and five assisted tackles for 10 total tackles. … also credited with two pass breakups. … season-high six tackles (2-4-6) at nationally-ranked James Madison. … two pass breakups vs. nationally-ranked Elon.

2016: Started in all 13 games in which he played. … recorded 21 solo tackles and 15 assisted for a total of 36. … ranked first on the team in sacks (4.5) and third on the team in tackles for loss (8.0). … forced one fumble. … recorded a season best 7 tackles (5-2) against URI. … also had a 5 tackle game (2-3) against Holy Cross.

2015: CAA Academic All-Conference Team. … played in 11 of 12 games. … DNP the regular-season finale vs. Maine (11/21). … recorded nine solo tackles and 12 assisted for a total of 21. … forced two fumbles. … recorded his first career tackles (1-1-2) in week 2 at Colgate (09/12). … established career high of five tackles (3-2-5) vs. Central Connecticut State (09/26). … matched that total with 1-4-5 against Rhode Island (10/31). … first career sack (half-sack) vs. CCSU.

2014: Redshirt season.

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