Durham, NH (Sports Network) - University of New Hampshire senior linebacker Matt Evans isn't hanging up his cleats just yet. On Thursday, the school announced he has been selected to play in the 88th annual East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19.
Evans, a consensus All-America linebacker, and the 2011 Buck Buchanan Award winner, recently became just the fourth FCS player all-time to be recognized as a three-time Walter Camp Foundation All-America selection.
The 6-foot, 228-pounder, from Hanover, Mass., led CAA Football with 126 total tackles this season and added an FCS-best 87 solo stops. The senior became UNH's all-time leading tackler on Nov. 3 versus William & Mary and finished his career with 460 total tackles, 266 of which were solo.
Just a three-year starter, Evans added to New Hampshire qualifying for the FCS playoffs in the last nine seasons. He finished the 2012 season with six straight double-digit tackle games and led the Wildcats in tackles in all but three contests.
The East-West Shrine Game recognizes some of the best college football players from across the nation, through all levels, and benefits the Shriners Hospitals for Children. It has taken place since 1925 and is the nation's longest-running standout college football contest.
This year's game will take place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.