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UNH Wildcats football defense has something to prove
All are ugly numbers.
The first two were the points put up in a couple of last season's losses. UNH fell 64-61 at Old Dominion in September and 64-35 to Towson in its final regular-season game, at home, on Nov. 17.
"ODU was an absolutely awful feeling," said junior Matt Kaplan of Franklin, a starting defensive tackle. "And Towson — what they did to us on our field was just not acceptable."
Junior Shane McNeely and sophomore Akil Anderson are the starters at linebacker, and redshirt freshman DeVaughn Chollette is in the mix.
Kaplan and senior Sean McCann start at defensive tackle, and sophomores Julian Turner and Rashid Armand back them up.
The Wildcats have adopted a motto of "Prove It Today."
They want to prove they belong in the discussion of the nation's FCS elite teams, and part of the mission is not only to make the playoffs, but to advance deep into them and make a run at a national championship. In this nine-year stretch of playoff appearances, they have not made it past the quarterfinals.
"Everyone's sick of hearing, 'If the defense was better, we'd have this many more wins,'" Kaplan said.
His view clearly differs from that of The Sports Network.
"We have big, big, big, big goals for this year," Asam said. "And I think we have something to prove, like our motto says. We can't wait to start playing."
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