The Northeast Conference used Twitter to unveil its 2014 football award winners and all-league teams.
— Northeast Conference (@NECsports) November 26, 2014
Busy preparing his team for a NCAA FCS playoff game at Fordham on November 29, Sacred Heart’s Mark Nofri repeated as the NEC Coach of the Year. The Pioneers are 19-5 during the last two seasons under the third-year head coach.
The NEC Offensive Player of the Year award went to the leading rusher in the FCS. Saint Francis junior Khairi Dickson became only the second player in program history to earn the honor.
After finishing up a season during which he led the conference in tackles for a loss and broke the league’s all-time career sacks record, Bryant’s Jeff Covitz captured the NEC Defensive Player of the Year award.
Complementing Dickson in the NEC’s top-ranked rushing attack, SFU freshman Marcus Bagley earned the NEC Offensive Rookie of the Year honor.
The NEC Defensive Rookie of the Year accolade belong to Duquesne linebacker Nathan Stone. After preseason injuries depleted the Dukes’ linebacking corps, the Keystone State product stepped into a starting role and made 100 tackles.
Sacred Heart had a league-high 14 all-conference selections.