New Hampshire Football Report

Lalos has memorable NFL debut

Dartmouth graduate Niko Lalos had an interception during his NFL debut Sunday as a member of the New York Giants.

Lalos lined up at defensive end against the Cincinnati Bengals and picked off a deflected a pass by Bengals quarterback Brandon Allen in the third quarter. The Giants went on to win the game 19-17.

Lalos signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent in April after the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft. He graduated from Dartmouth in March with an economics degree. He played in 24 games in three seasons at Dartmouth, and recorded 59 tackles (32 solo), 17½ tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery.

In 2019, Lalos posted career-high totals of 35 tackles (10 solo), 10 stops for loss and 5½ sacks as Dartmouth went 9-1 for the second year in a row. He was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, and part of a Dartmouth defense that held the opposition to 12.4 points per game, the second lowest total in the FCS.

Lalos was named the Hula Bowl MVP for Team Aina on Jan. 26 in the annual college football all-star game played in Honolulu, Hawaii. He totaled six tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in a game that Team Kai won 23-7 at Aloha Stadium.


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