New Hampshire Football Report

Laube’s putting up big numbers

By Allen Lessels

Central Michigan head coach Jim McElwain said he and his staff knew what was coming. It didn’t help much.

“They didn’t do anything we didn’t expect and they got the ball to No. 20 and he made us look foolish,” McElwain said after his Chippewas avoided an upset loss by kicking a 47-yard field goal in the closing seconds against New Hampshire last Saturday afternoon in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

No. 20, of course, is UNH running back/do-everything senior Dylan Laube, who has started his final season of collegiate football with a rousing splash.


Laube opened the season with three touchdowns in a span of less than eight minutes – one on a punt return, one on a pass reception and the third on a run – and 229 all-purpose yards in a season-opening win at Stonehill on Sept. 2 and earned Coastal Athletic Association and national honors as Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts.

The speedy and shifty Laube, 5-foot-10 and 208 pounds, upped the ante in a major way Saturday at Central Michigan, an FBS team that offers 22 more scholarships and has players that in general are bigger and faster than those of UNH from the FCS level.

All Laube did Saturday afternoon in Mount Pleasant, Mich. was set a UNH record with 295 receiving yards, the fourth best mark in CAA history, and add 371 all-purpose yards while scoring three more touchdowns.

Hand out some kudos all-around, to UNH coach Rick Santos to offensive coordinator Brian Scott and the rest of the staff to quarterback Max Brosmer, the offensive line and blockers downfield as well.

Here’s a little more of what McElwain had to say: “We knew it going in, too. I feel at times they knew exactly what we were in, they knew how to take advantage of it, they got him the ball.”

Now Laube and the Wildcats set their sights on Dartmouth, their in-state rival, for their home opener on Saturday night at 6 in Wildcat Stadium.

Two years ago, Laube showed Dartmouth some flashes with touchdown runs of 75 and 53 yards, but beyond that was pretty much held in check in a 38-21 UNH loss in Durham.

Last year, he sat out UNH’s 14-0 win at Dartmouth with a nagging injury.

Laube has opened even more eyes with his jump-start to the season and he and the Wildcat offense will look to keep it going on Saturday night.

Another of those impressed by the Central Michigan performance was Jim Nagy, the executive director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl and a former NFL scout and executive.

Before the season Laube was named to the Senior Bowl Watch List and this week he was named the Reese’s Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week.

Nagy this week posted a few Laube-related comments and videos to social media. Here’s one: “Plenty of buzz right now among scouts & agent community about @UNH_Football RB Dylan Laube after his NCAA record 295-yard receiving game. What’ll interest NFL teams most is Laube’s versatility in pass game as sub-downs back who can motion out of backfield and be slot mismatch creator. His ability to run detached routes & track ball downfield are impressive.”

Yes, a lot of eyes are watching UNH’s weapon in, and out of, the backfield.

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