New Hampshire Football Report

Silver earns CAA honors

RICHMOND, Va – University of New Hampshire freshman defensive end Josiah Silver (Hampton, Va.) was named CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year in addition to being named a First-Team All-Conference selection, which was announced on Tuesday by the conference office.

In addition to Silver, junior defensive end Gunner Gibson (Hailey, Idaho), senior safety Evan Horn (Lebanon, Pa.) and junior left tackle Patrick Flynn (Hanover, Mass.) were voted to the CAA All-Conference Third Team, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Silver, who was named one of 23 finalists for the Jerry Rice National Freshman of the Year Award, amassed 80 tackles (42 solo), 20.5 TFL (88 yards), 12.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 11 games for the Wildcats in his first full season in Durham. His 12.5 sacks led all CAA players and ranked fourth among FCS players. His six forced fumbles led the CAA and were tied for second in the nation among FCS student-athletes.

He was named CAA Defensive Player of the Week for November 15 with a game-high 11 tackles, career-best of 5.0 TFL’s and 4.0 sacks, and two forced fumbles in New Hampshire’s setback at Rhode Island on November 13. He finished the last two games of the Wildcats’ season with 23 total tackles, 8.0 TFL, 6.0 sacks and three forced fumbles.

Gibson recorded 56 tackles and 10 tackles for loss and seven sacks for the ‘Cats, while Horn posted 54 tackles and six pass break ups in his final season in Durham. Flynn started the final 10 games for the Wildcats.

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