New Hampshire Football Report

UNH has end game

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He’s a sophomore defensive end who who plays for the University of New Hampshire and ranks second among Colonial Athletic Association players in sacks, but his name isn’t Josiah Silver.

Silver recorded 12.5 sacks last season, when he was selected as the CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year. He has 3.5 sacks in four games this season — sixth in the CAA — but a force has emerged at the other end of UNH’s defensive line this year.

Dylan Ruiz leads UNH’s with 4.5 sacks this season, which is good for second place in the CAA. Ruiz recorded three sacks in Saturday’s 37-14 victory at Towson.

“Dylan Ruiz continues to get better every week,” UNH coach Rick Santos said. “I know he gets overshadowed a little by Josiah and some of the productivity he’s had in the past, but Dylan is really emerging as a great one-two punch.”

Ruiz appeared in six games last season and recorded nine tackles (six solo). He’s undoubtedly benefitted from the extra attention opposing offenses have paid to Silver this season

“A lot of the time the slides are going toward Josiah and Dylan gets the one-on-ones – he doesn’t get double-teamed,” Santos said. “It definitely helps him out. Those guys have a really healthy, kind of competitive relationship, even in practice. When one guy is going really hard, the next series you can bet the next guy is going to step his game up and vice-versa.

“I think those guys are working well off one another right now.”


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