The 2008 season was one to remember for sophomore linebacker Matt Hansen as he was named to the All-CAA Football Second Team. He was also selected to the FCS All-New England Football team by the New England Football writers.

Hansen, a native of Providence who moved to linebacker last season after spending his freshman season as a defensive back, quickly established himself as the team’s top defensive player, leading the squad in tackles (111), tackles for loss (13.5), sacks (3), interceptions (3) and forced fumbles (4).

In addition, Hansen registered 10-or-more tackles in six games this season, including a career-high 15-tackle performance against nationally-ranked Maine (Nov. 15). Hansen also ranked among the CAA Football leaders in several statistical categories, including forced fumbles (first), tackles (second) and tackles for loss (fourth).