Twenty-Seven Players Tabbed Preseason All-NEC; Duquesne Pegged as ‘Team to Beat’

The two teams that shared the 2016 Northeast Conference football crown were the top-two vote getters in the league’s preseason predicted order-of-finish.

Duquesne earned the No. 1 Preseason Ranking for the second straight summer, while Saint Francis U, which earned the NEC’s automatic FCS Playoffs bid last fall, was the runner-up in the poll of the conference’s head coaches.

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NEC Spring Scholar-Athlete Awards Spread Across Seven Campuses

They competed during the 2017 spring sports season while performing remarkably well in the academic arena.

They are the NEC Spring Scholar-Athlete of the Year award winners.

Bryant, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis U and Wagner each earned multiple selections. Fairleigh Dickinson, Robert Morris and Saint Joseph’s are home to single honorees.

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Hines Not Receiving The Hype He Deserves

Duquesne’s AJ Hines won the NEC Rookie of the Week award 10 times in 2016.

 

When Athlon Sports unveiled its Top 10 Running Backs in the FCS in 2017, there was a surprising omission from the main list.

The name of the 2016 NEC rushing champion does not appear until the reader scrolls to the bottom of the page and looks over the “More Running Backs to Watch” section.

Duquesne’s AJ Hines is coming off a freshman season that saw him rush for a league-high 1,291 yards and 13 touchdowns while adding another 200 yards receiving.

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