College Football Journal for the week of 5/22/23

May 23, 2023

It is the first installment of the college football journal for this spring. Here is some of the news in the New England Division One college football scene that got our attention this week. 1. UConn added two impact players on offense last week in Delaware transfer wide receiver Brett Buckman and former TCU tight end Alex Honig. Both should contribute this upcoming season specifically Buckman who could be a…


UNH feeling good after Blue & White spring game

April 14, 2023

By Ryan Barry NEFJ Correspondent DURHAM, NH – As the sun set on a picture perfect evening in Durham, the New Hampshire Wildcats closed spring practices with their annual Blue and White Game. Split into two quarters and an overtime head-to-head competition, head coach Rick Santos gave his team plenty of opportunities to compete. “I thought it was good and was a spirited effort,” said Santos. “We accomplished what we…


Holy Cross program shines on & off the field at Pro Day

March 23, 2023

WORCESTER – Days like Thursday are becoming the norm at Holy Cross. NFL scouts, media members and coaches from other local schools were all on hand to watch Holy Cross, UNH, Bentley, Brown and New Haven athletes display their talents at the Crusaders’ Pro Day. Peter Oliver, Liam Anderson, John Smith and Derek Ng all had good days while head coach Bob Chesney watched on, smiling from ear-to-ear for virtually…


5 areas to watch as UNH opens spring practice

March 6, 2023

Max Brosmer returns as one of the top signal callers in the CAA and all of FCS College Football.  The UNH Wildcats open spring practice today. Coming off of an 8-4 season and a share of the CAA title, the Wildcats return enough talent that they should once again compete for the conference title and a playoff birth. Here are five areas to watch as the Wildcats kick off spring…


Duxbury’s Matt Festa signs with UNH

February 1, 2023

In one of the top storylines of National Signing Day, Duxbury quarterback Matt Festa inked his pledge to the University of New Hampshire. Throughout the recruiting process, it became a real question mark on where Festa would eventually sign. For much of it, Festa did not have an obvious landing spot. It took a while for many of the local Division 1 programs to offer the talented player. In…


UNH: Despite disappointing end to the season, Wildcats have shown they’re back

December 5, 2022

For years, the UNH program was almost a lock to make the NCAA FCS playoffs either as an at-large team or as the CAA champs. ‘Perennial national championship contender’ was probably the best way to describe the team under Sean McDonnell. Those days faded for a while, but there was quite a resurgence in Durham during the 2022 season, led by new head coach Rick Santos. UNH saw its season…


Holy Cross: Crusaders remain unbeaten, reach NCAA quarterfinals for first time in 39 years

December 3, 2022

WORCESTER – If you remember the old NFL Films clips of cold, raw, wet, muddy playoff games from the 70’s and 80’s, you’ve got a pretty clear picture of what the NCAA FCS playoff game between UNH and Holy Cross was like on Saturday afternoon. A huge crowd braved the elements to watch the Crusaders continue their special season with a 35-19 win over the Wildcats in the second round…


FCS Playoff Four Down Preview: UNH Wildcats (9-3) @ No. 8 Holy Cross Crusaders (11-0)

December 3, 2022

Image courtesy of ESPN Kickoff: It’s an all-New England showdown in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday when New Hampshire visits Holy Cross for what could be an epic day. UNH is riding high off a CAA title and a win over the Crusaders’ Patriot League rival Fordham in the first round last weekend. The eighth-seeded Holy Cross squad enjoyed a bye week during the first round…


UNH: Fordham game prepared Wildcats for bigger test against Holy Cross

December 1, 2022

Image courtesy of UNH Athletics It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Just a few weeks ago, Holy Cross had one of the craziest wins of the year in FCS when they beat Fordham in overtime on a two point conversion. Fast forward about a month, and UNH was facing that same Fordham team last weekend in the first round of the FCS playoffs. The Wildcats ultimately won a shootout…


Holy Cross: Crusaders ready for playoff showdown with UNH after bye week

November 29, 2022

Image courtesy of Holy Cross Athletics While UNH had to grind out a shootout victory over Fordham in the first round of the FCS playoffs a week ago, Holy Cross had the luxury of sitting back and watching the game unfold during its well-earned bye week. With so many fifth-year guys and guys that have helped build the program into what it is now, these bye weeks also provide a…