Brunswick grad Kevin Decker named CAA Football Offensive Player of the Year

Brunswick School graduate Kevin Decker entered his senior season with high expectations for himself as the starting quarterback of the University of New Hampshire football team.
The strong-armed Decker has indeed, met those expectations.
Decker was recently named the Colonial Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the fourth student-athlete in school history to earn the prestigious award.
Eclipsing the 300-yard passing mark five times this season, Decker leads the CAA in total offense per game (317.2 yards), passing yards per game (279.3 yards), points responsible per game (17.09), and  touchdown passes (20).
A first-year starter, Decker has completed 244-of-350 passes (69.7 percent) for 3,072 yards while rushing for 417 yards and a team-high nine touchdowns.
Just the fourth quarterback in New Hampshire history to surpass 3,000 passing yards in a season, Decker’s 3,072 yards rank fifth in UNH single-season history. He is within 246 passing yards of reaching the No. 2 spot. Decker’s 3,951 career passing yards is 10th all-time at the school.
In addition, Decker, a co-captain, was named to the All-CAA Football First Team. Behind Decker, the UNH has produced another winning season, earning a trip to the postseason for the eighth consecutive year.
Ranked 11th, New Hampshire (8-3, 6-2 CAA) received one of 10 at-large berths to the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Tournament. The Wildcats will visit seventh-ranked Montana State University (Bozeman, Montana) on Dec. 3 in a second-round game at a time yet to be announced. Both teams received a first-round bye. Montana State enters the game with a record of 9-2.
Decker, who led the CAA in pass efficiency (154.3), has helped power New Hampshire past five nationally ranked opponents, the latest being the University of Maine.
An Armonk, N.Y., native, Decker is on the 2011 Walter Payton Award Watch List for the most outstanding player in the FCS.
It’s not surprising to see Decker have a breakout season. He performed well in limited duty as a backup the previous three seasons and, as a four-year starter for the Bruins, was the best quarterback Brunswick ever had. As quarterback for Brunswick, he led the team to a 34-1 mark, three consecutive New England Class C titles and passed for 5,763 yards and 75 touchdowns.
— David Fierro

David Fierro