New Hampshire Football Report

Brosmer leads UNH offense

DURHAM – Freshman quarterback Max Brosmer (Roswell, Ga.) completed two touchdown passes and sophomore Brian Espanet (Hopedale, Mass.) caught a pair of scoring passes to lead the University of New Hampshire offense in the team’s annual Blue-White game Saturday afternoon in Wildcat Stadium.

Brosmer’s scores were on passes of 48 yards to senior Malik Love (Alcoa, Tenn.) and 14 yards to Espanet. In addition, senior Evan Gray (Centreville, Va.) rushed 13 times for 81 yards and a 7-yard score and sophomore Carlos Washington, Jr. (Fort Washington, Md.) carried five times for 102 yards. Redshirt freshman quarterback Bret Edwards (Lowell, Mass.) connected with Espanet for a 2-yard TD pass.

The scrimmage closed out spring football for the Wildcats.

The UNH defense, the more experienced part of the team, had 11 sacks and forced two turnovers.

Senior cornerback Prince Smith, Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.) returned an interception 63 yards, and redshirt freshman cornerback Derek Thompson (Bear, Del.) forced a fumble that was recovered by redshirt freshman safety Max Oxendine (Chester, Va.).

Thompson, Smith and Oxendine each had five tackles to lead the team.

Junior Jason Hughes (Atkinson, N.H.) kicked a 45-yard field goal and redshirt freshman Jordan Conn (Woodbridge, Conn.) had a 44-yarder.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Brosmer completed 12 of his 19 passes for 151 yards and the two scores.
  • Edwards was 8-for-14 for 48 yards and the touchdown.
  • Sophomore quarterback Stephen Hedberg (Dover, N.H.) competed two of his seven passes for 20 yards and was intercepted once.
  • Sophomore quarterback Tommy Herion (Chicago, Ill.) and senior Ivan Niyomugabo (Penacook, N.H.) were sidelined with injuries.
  • Eleven players had at least half a sack.
  • Senior linebacker Cameron Brusko (Bethlehem, Pa.) and sophomore defensive end Gunner Gibson (Hailey, Idaho) each had a pair of tackles for loss, including a sack.
  • Sophomore linebacker Kyle Hamper (Portland, Ore.) had 1.5 sacks.
  • Oxendine had two pass breakups to go with his sack and fumble recovery.
  • Espanet caught five passes for 44 yards.
  • Love, senior Mike Vailas (Bedford, N.H.), sophomore Benyeal Hill, Jr. (Stafford, Va.) and sophomore Sean Coyne (Portsmouth, R.I.) had three catches each.
  • Redshirt freshman Dylan Laube (Westhampton, N.Y.) rushed six times for 64 yards.
  • Senior punter Drew Sanborn (Amherst, N.H.) averaged 45 yards on two punts.
  • Junior defensive tackle Jacob Bradshaw (Damascus, Md.) won a punt catching competition between the third and fourth periods.

WALKER AWARD

Senior wide receiver Mike Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) received the Todd Walker Teammate Award in a ceremony Saturday morning and wore Walker’s No. 80 during the game.

Walker died heroically on March 18, 2011 in Boulder, Colo., when he stepped in front of a gunman during an attempted robbery to save the life of a woman he was walking home.

Walker was a wide receiver for the Wildcats at the time and the award was established in his memory to recognize a player who displays the attributes of selflessness and dedication as the ideal teammate.

Vailas is the third member of his family to win the teammate award.

His brothers Jimmy (2013) and Andy (2015) both received it as well. They were both good friends and teammates with Todd Walker.

MOST IMPROVED

Following the game UNH head coach Sean McDonnell handed out awards to the most improved players during the spring to:

  • Quarterback Max Brosmer (Roswell, Ga.)
  • Running back Dylan Laube (Westhampton, N.Y.)
  • Tight end Jack Cavallaro (Hanover, N.H.)
  • Offensive lineman Osho Omoyeni (Lowell, Mass.)
  • Wide receiver Brian Espanet (Hopedale, Mass.)
  • Defensive tackle Jacob Bradshaw (Damascus, Md.)
  • Defensive end Carson Leary (Brandon, Vt.)
  • Cornerback Derek Thompson (Bear, Del.)
  • Linebacker Cameron Brusko (Bethlehem, Pa.)
  • Safety Pop Bush (Nocatee, Fla.)
  • Kicker Jason Hughes (Atkinson, N.H.)
  • Bob O’Keefe Strongman Award Pop Lacey (Reading, Pa.)

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