New Hampshire Football Report

Raiders select Laube

DETROIT  UNH running back/return specialist Dylan Laube (Westhampton, N.Y.) was selected by the Las Vegas Raiders with the 32nd pick of the sixth round (No. 208 overall) in the 2024 NFL Draft on Saturday.

Laube, who earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology: Health & Physical Education, becomes the 14th Wildcat alumnus drafted by an NFL team and the first since defensive tackle Jared Smith in 2013 (Seattle Seahawks, Seventh round, No. 241 overall). He joins NFF College Football Hall of Famer Jerry Azumah (1999, Chicago Bears, Fifth Round, No. 147 overall) as the only Wildcat RBs ever drafted.

UNH football players in the NFL Draft

Year – Player                            Round (pick)           Overall Pick      Team

1961 – Paul Lindquist, DT         8th Round (1)            99                       Minnesota

1976 – Dave Rozumek, LB       12th round (21)         415                     Kansas City

1982 – Steve Doig, LB              3rd Round (14)          69                       Detroit

1983 – Ken Kaplan, OL             6th Round (18)          158                     Tampa Bay

1987 – Ilia Jarostchuk, LB         5th Round (15)          127                     St. Louis (Cardinals)

1988 – John Driscoll, OT          12th Round (4)          309                     Buffalo

1989 – Bob Jean, QB                 10th Round (27)        278                     Cincinnati

1992 – Dwayne Sabb, DE         6th Round (4)            116                     New England

1993 – Dwayne Gordon, DE     8th Round (22)          218                     Miami

1996 – Mike Foley, DE             5th Round (2)            169                     Arizona

1999 – Jerry Azumah, RB          5th Round (14)          147                     Chicago

2007 – Corey Graham, DB         5th Round (31)          168                     Chicago

2013 – Jared Smith, DT             7th Round (35)          241                     Seattle

2024 – Dylan Laube, RB         6th Round (32)         208                     Las Vegas

In 2023, Laube garnered All-America recognition from six different outlets and finished his illustrious career with a total of 16 All-America Team honors.

Laube led NCAA Division I FCS football in all-purpose yards for the second straight season with 2,095 all-purpose yards (209.5 yards/game) in 2023. He ranked No. 2 in both total touchdowns (18) and scoring (10.8 points/game); No. 3 in kickoff returns (31.1 yards/return); No. 8 in both combined kick returns (647 yards) and receptions per game (6.8); and No. 16 in punt returns (CAA-best 11.2 yards/return).

The Walter Payton Award finalist (No. 6 in final voting) rushed the ball 160 times for 749 yards and nine TDs, caught 68 passes for 699 yards and seven TDs, had 15 kickoff returns for 467 yards and a TD, and 16 punt returns for 180 yards and one score. With those stats, the captain led UNH in rushes, rushing yards, rushing TDs, overall TDs, receptions, receiving yards, TD receptions, kickoff return yards, kickoff return average, and punt return yards.

Laube, the CAA Special Teams Player of the Year, led UNH in rushing yards nine of 10 games played, in receptions seven times and receiving yards four times. He topped 100 rushing yards twice (180 vs. Dartmouth; 132 vs. Villanova) and 100 receiving yards twice, as well as 200 all-purpose yards six times.

Laube scored at least one touchdown all 10 games, notched a rushing score in seven games and a receiving TD in six games. He was named CAA Special Teams Player of the Week twice (Sept. 4 & 25) and received a total of five awards Sept. 11 following his record-setting performance. Laube finished with a school-record 295 receiving yards Sept. 9 at Central Michigan. His 12 catches included 80- and 71-yard touchdowns. He amassed a season-high, but not career-high, 371 all-purpose yards in that game.

He topped 300 all-purpose yards against Villanova; he finished with 19 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns, 10 catches for 75 yards and three kickoff returns for 103 yards.

Laube carried the ball a career-high 33 times for 180 yards in the win against Dartmouth. He matched his own UNH record (shared with three others) for longest kickoff return with a 100-yard touchdown at Delaware.

In the season opener at Stonehill, Laube had a 58-yard punt return TD, 23-yard receiving TD and 11-yard rushing TD — all in the first quarter. Laube recorded a career-high 13 receptions for 128 yards and a TD at Rhode Island.

Dylan Laube Tale of the Tape

  • Athletic Directors Association All-America Team (Return Specialist)
  • Associated Press All-America First Team (All-Purpose)
  • American Football Coaches Association All-America First Team (All-Purpose)
  • Stats Perform All-America First Team (All-Purpose)
  • FCS Football Central All-America First Team Offense (All-Purpose)
  • Phil Steele All-America First Team (Punt Return, All-Purpose)
  • Phil Steele Second Team (Running Back)
  • Phil Steele Fourth Team (Kick Return)
  • Walter Payton Award Finalist (sixth overall)
  • Phil Steele Special Teams Player of the Year
  • New England Football Writers Association All-New England Team (RB & PR specialist)
  • CAA Special Teams Player of the Year
  • CAA First Team Offense RB / PR
  • CAA Second Team Offense KR


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