Edwards, Espanet shine for UNH football in Blue-White scrimmage

UNH Insider
Published: 8/25/2019 6:03:41 PM

DURHAM – Redshirt freshman Bret Edwards and sophomore wide receiver Brian Espanet put on an offensive show at the Blue-White game Sunday morning that wrapped up fall camp for the University of New Hampshire football team in Wildcat Stadium.

Edwards completed his first 10 passes and 18 of 19 overall for 176 yards and a couple of touchdowns, both to Espanet.

Espanet caught 11 passes for 169 yards. He caught scoring passes of 26 yards and 4 yards from Edwards and also had a 13-yard TD connection with freshman quarterback Max Brosmer. Brosmer completed six of his nine passes for 99 yards and the score and also had an interception.

The defense, which is expected to be a strength for the Wildcats this season, also had its moments in the scrimmage, highlighted by a 40-yard interception return for a score by senior cornerback Isiah Perkins.

UNH now turns its attention to preparing for its season opening game at Holy Cross on Sept. 7 at 1 p.m.

The Wildcats play their first home game – and first Colonial Athletic Association contest – on Sept. 21 against the University of Rhode Island in Wildcat Stadium at 6 p.m.

Captains, our captains

Perkins was elected as one of the four captains of the team, along with senior safety Pop Lacey, senior linebacker Michael Balsamo (Atkinson) and senior running back Evan Gray.

“Great choices,” said head coach Sean McDonnell. “All the kids bring something different to the table, starting with Perk. He’s been a tremendous worker on and off the field and has gone about his job and kids see his presence. You look at Balsamo, the same type of guy, and Evan Gray, too. Pop’s been a vocal leader since his sophomore year here when he started becoming the free safety and all that stuff. Those four kids really are part of what our program is all about and epitomize what we’re looking for in leaders and senior captains.”

Three of the captains represent the defense and Gray stands up for the offense.

“I told the kids it doesn’t matter what side of the ball they’re on,” McDonnell said. “I told the other seniors and the other kids on the team it doesn’t matter who’s captain. The kids have to lead, the quarterbacks have to lead. Everybody’s got to lead and it’s got to be a gang effort, but there’s four guys they can go to when they need it.”

Scrimmage notes

Redshirt freshman running back Jacob Post (Plaistow) scored on a 1-yard run to open the scoring in the scrimmage.

Sophomore quarterback Stephen Hedberg (Dover) scored the other touchdown in the game on a 12-yard scramble.

Freshman defensive tackle Collin Instone had an interception.

Junior defensive tackle Jacob Bradshaw forced and recovered a fumble.

Freshman Ryan Toscano (Bedford) led the defense with eight tackles.

Redshirt freshman safety Max Oxendine and freshman linebacker Zedane Williams each had six tackles.

Junior Jason Hughes (Atkinson) and redshirt freshman Jordan Conn each had a pair of conversion kicks.

Freshman Sean Lehane and freshman Aidan Cadogan each kicked a conversion.

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