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April 28. 2013 8:06PM

UNH's Evans invited to Eagles camp


The University of New Hampshire's Matt Evansholds the 2010 Bill Knight Trophy, awarded to the MVP of the annual UNH-UMass football game, after the Wildcats routed the Minutemen, 39-13, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. (COURTESY)

Linebacker Matt Evans, the all-time leading tackler at the University of New Hampshire, will attend the Philadelphia Eagles' rookie camp in two weeks.

UNH spokesman Mike Murphy confirmed Sunday that Evans will attend the camp.

"Matt told me he hasn't signed a contract with the Eagles, but will attend the camp," said Murphy, who didn't know if Eagles head coach and former UNH offensive coordinator Chip Kelly reached out to Evans.

Last month, UNH retired Evans' No. 52 during the team's annual football team banquet. Evans became just the fifth UNH player to have his jersey retired and the first defensive player.

He joined running back Bill Burnham, running back Jerry Azumah, wide receiver David Ball and quarterback Ricky Santos.

Evans, who was named UNH's Most Valuable Player at the banquet, led the Colonial Athletic Assocation with 126 tackles during his senior season. He also led the nation with 87 solo tackles.

A native of Hanover, Mass., Evans was lauded as a College Sporting News 2012 Fabulous Fifty All-America and a Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America for the third time. In January he played in the East-West Shrine Game.

Defensive tackle Jared Smith, selected Saturday by the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Draft, will move to the offensive line, according to the Seattle Times.

Murphy said Smith never played a down on offense for UNH. "But people have to remember that Azumah was a running back in college who was turned into a defensive back in the NFL," said Murphy.


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