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Sep 3, 2015 1:10 PM

UNH football kicks off new season with game against San Jose State


DURHAM - The University of New Hampshire football season kicks off tonight.

The Wildcats are coming off a record-setting season, and this year's first game is with San Jose State University.

For the first time in years, the team will be on the road for the first three games.

"Right out of the gate we're going to get tested with a D-1 opponent, tested with one of the best Patriot League teams in Colgate, and tested with one of the hottest teams in the CAA - Stonybrook," said Coach Sean McDonnell.

Another challenge? Individual experience. Last year's roster had 23 seniors - like R.J. Harris, a wide receiver who led the nation in receiving yards and yards per game. Now that Harris has graduated, senior Jared Allison will have big shoes to fill.

Coach Sean McDonnell also expects Mike Kelly, of Merrimack, another senior receiver to see more playing time.

"We're always seen him practice really great. When he's been in games, he's played really well. Now it's going to be not just for 20 snaps but for 40-50," McDonnell said.

And there's another N.H. native to keep and eye on, he said.

"I look on the offensive line Andrew Lauderdale, a Concord kid from Trinity. He's going to start at right tackle and I'm excited for him," McDonnell said.

Kick off is at 10 p.m. For information on getting live audio and video of the game, go to unhwildcats.com


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