Two “YouTube” stars were born this season as the efforts of two individuals forced NEC football into the national news.
Duquesne’s Sean Brady was the first NEC receiver to “go viral.” Brady made a one-handed touchdown grab while falling to the turf in a Week 1 win over Albany. Once footage of the catch made its way onto YouTube, it was watched by approximately 100,000 people over a 48-hour period.
Widely-followed Twitter accounts such as Bleacher Report tweeted about the amazing reception and ESPN went on to name it the No. 3 College Football Play of the Week.
VIDEO: Duquesne WR Sean Brady made an amazing one-handed TD grab yesterday http://t.co/GkOqPyVnaV
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 1, 2013
After Brady’s 15 minutes of fame faded, Sacred Heart’s Moses Webb put the NEC back into the spotlight.
Helping Sacred Heart to a Week 10 win over Monmouth, Webb scored a touchdown the unconventional way. After making a catch over the middle, Webb fumbled the ball away to the opponent and the fun began. Quickly recovering from his miscue, Webb chased down the ball carrier and forced another fumble while making the tackle. The SHU receiver proceeded to recover that fumble and take it 51 yards for a score.
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 2, 2013
The hustle play appeared on a number of national networks including ESPN and NBC Sports Network. FoxSports.com, Bleacher Report and a number of other online media outlets posted articles about Webb’s tremendous effort. The story even made the front page of Yahoo.com.
NOTE: The YouTube video of Webb’s touchdown has garnered over 2.25 million views.