Colbert back in action at New Hampshire
This was a good season for Neshaminy High School alum Jay Colbert and the University of New Hampshire football team. The Wildcats qualified for the NCAALFCS tournament and Colbert registered 22 tackles and a pair of sacks for UNH.
Earlier this month, New Hampshire went up against No. 9 Wofford in a secondround Division I Football Championship Series (FCS) matchup Dec. 1 at dibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C. Unfortunately, the Wildcats were outpaced by the Terriers, 23-T, in a game in which the New Hampshire offense was shut out.
A 6-1, 260-pound junior defensive end for the ‘Cats, Colbert played in all 13 games for New Hampshire in 2010 before missing last season due to an injury.
In 2010, Colbert, a FirstTeam Suburban lne League defensive end at Neshaminy in 2009, registered 12 tackles, five solo, including two sacks for the ‘Cats. He also had one tackle in NCAA D-I second-round win at No. 13 Bethune-Cookman.
No. 11L13 New Hampshire, which received one of 10 at-large berths to the tournament following an 8-3 overall record that included 6-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and a share of the conference crown, earned a bid to the NCAALFCS Tournament for the ninth consecutive season, the longest current streak in the nation.
Before the current campaign, the Wildcats had won their opening postseason game six of the past eight years. New Hampshire has won five of six first-round games prior to receiving a first-round bye in 2010, and all but the 2005 victory against Colgate were on the road.
The ‘Cats closed the regular season Nov. 1T with a 64-35 loss to 15th-ranked Towson. That result ended New Hampshire’s six-game winning streak and stretch of 10 consecutive home wins.
Colbert, meanwhile, registered three tackles including a sack in the 2012 spring Blue-White dame. He added three tackles and one assist in the Dec. 1 FCS playoff loss to Wofford.
At Neshaminy, Colbert was second-team All-SlL National Conference as a senior fullback and was selected to The Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeast Pennsylvania team.
UNH tight end and Perkasie native Harold Spears, Colbert’s cohort from Bucks County, registered 20 receptions for the Wildcats this season. A product of The Pennington School, Spears was recently named third team All-CAA.
Jay Colbert Neshaminy grad had a good year for the New Hampshire football team.