New Hampshire Football Report

Lepkowski provided good reception


Max Brosmer overcame an interception on the University of New Hampshire’s first offensive possession Thursday night to complete 18 of 35 passes for 272 yards in UNH’s 31-21 victory over Monmouth. Seven of his completions were caught by junior tight end Kyle Lepkowski, who had 121 receiving yards.

It was an impressive performance by Lepkowksi. Even more impressive when you consider he was playing at less than 100 percent.

After the game first-year UNH head coach Rick Santos revealed that Lepkowki has been bothered by an Achilles injury that caused him to miss practice time during that last two weeks.

“Kyle did a really good job of just getting open,” Brosmer said. “He’s a big body and the one thing he does really well is find space, and so I kind of fell back on him a little bit. When stuff gets tough then find Kyle Lepkowski on the field.”

Lepkowski entered the game with 27 catches in his college career.

“Once it’s game time … you have the  jitters at first, but then you don’t feel anything,” Lepkowksi said when asked what it felt like to play with the injury. “You’re kind of locked in. My mindset is all football. I’m just looking at the play in front of me, the players and what they’re showing.”

It was the first win for Santos as UNH’s head coach, but it’s also worth noting that the Wildcats were breaking in three new coordinators: Garrett Gillick (defense), Brian Scott (offense) and Garrett McLaughlin (special teams).

Lepkowski had two catches in the first quarter, two in the second quarter, two in the third quarter and added a 6-yard catch on the scoring drive that gave UNH a 24-21 lead in the fourth. He had 40 yards after the catch (YAC).

“Kyle Lepkowski was an absolute monster over the middle,” Santos said. “They just couldn’t cover him.”


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