It’s not the first time Bryant’s Jordan Brown and Duquesne’s Serge Kona saw their names listed amongst America’s Best, and barring injury, it likely won’t be the last.
The Northeast Conference will bestow its preseason honors come Thursday, August 2. The 25-member Preseason All-NEC Team along with the results of the coaches’ predicted order-of-finish will go public on Twitter while simultaneously being announced to the press corps on the league’s annual Preseason Kickoff Media Teleconference. (follow @NECsports and/or football PR director @NECralph for more information as that date draws nearer)
Prior to the 2012 preseason recognition, both Brown and Kona received The Sports Network’s postseason honors this past winter for their efforts during the 2011 campaign. Brown earned a spot at running back on the All-American Third Team with Kona joining him as a defensive back.
Brown, the reigning NEC Offensive Player of the Year, led all NCAA FCS rushers in total rushing yards as a junior. The 5-foot-9 all-star piled up 1,815 yards on the ground, a total that ranks third all-time in the NEC’s single-season record book.
Bryant, which has completed the four-year NCAA –mandated reclassification process and will be postseason eligible in 2012, also has one of the league’s top punt returners in Brown. The shifty returner (for those of you born before 1985, think Dave Meggett) took a pair of punts back for touchdowns in 2011. Overall, the Bulldogs found the end zone 46 times in 11 games last season with 22 of those touchdowns courtesy of Brown who led the NEC in scoring (including kickers).
Meanwhile, Kona was a safety on the league’s top-ranked pass defense. On his way to acquiring the NEC’s highest individual defensive honor, Kona led a unit that allowed only 139.2 yards per game through the air.
The 5-foot-11, hard-hitting Kona can fly around the field and usually ends up anywhere the ball may be. He made 48 tackles during Duquesne’s run to the 2011 NEC Co-Championship and also logged four pass break-ups, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions.
Brown and Kona will both kick off their senior campaigns on Sept. 1. Brown and the Bulldogs will welcome Pioneer League member Marist to Smithfield, while Kona and Co. travel to Virginia for a bout with CAA member Old Dominion.
The 2012 schedule officially opens on Aug. 31 when Wagner visits FBS member Florida Atlantic.
What Can BROWN Do for You?
A look at Jordan Brown’s 2011 Stats…
All-Purpose Yards: 2,500
Rushing Yards: 1,815*^
Yards per Carry: 5.5
Rushing TDs: 19
Total Points: 134
* Lead all FCS rushers in 2012
^ 3rd all-time in NEC single-season history
Jordan Brown (#6) puts on a show at Sacred Heart (including a PR TD)…
Kona and the Dukes wouldn’t mind another one of these…
– July 12, 2012 –