They both anchored top-10 defenses and they can both call themselves 2014 Associated Press Division I FCS All-Americans.
Wagner cornerback Jarrett Dieudonne (Second Team) and Bryant defensive end Jeff Covitz (Third Team) represented the Northeast Conference when the AP unveiled its three All-America Teams on December 17.
Dieudonne’s journey to All-America status started at Purdue where the Floridian spent a season on the scout team before resurfacing on Staten Island. In his first season after transferring to Wagner, Dieudonne earned all-NEC first team honors while helping the Seahawks to the 2012 NEC crown and a FCS playoff appearance.
Dieudonne returned to the All-NEC First Team in 2014 as the captain of a defense that finished the regular season ranked tenth amongst national leaders in point allowed per game (18.0) and sixth in yards allowed per game (281.6). He made a league-high seven interceptions in 2014, becoming only one of nine players in NEC history to reach that mark, and his 14 career picks are tied for sixth all-time in conference annals.
Dieudonne ran three of those seven interceptions back for touchdowns, amassing a FCS-best 245 INT return yards. With 10 pass break-ups to his credit, he led the NEC in passes defended (17). The 6-foot-1 Floridian, who was also strong against the run, totaled 33 tackles, including 3.0 hits for a loss.
Covitz, the NEC Defensive Player of the Year, was a key component of the most-fruitful season in Bryant’s Division I history. The 6-foot-2 defensive end captained a team that posted a program-record eight wins and cracked the Division I FCS Top 25 rankings for the first time. The Bulldogs owned the nation’s fifth-ranked scoring defense (16.1) and ninth-best total defense (299.9 ypg).
In addition to the team accomplishments, there are plenty of individual achievements that made the 2014 season a memorable one for Covitz. The Massachusetts product became the NEC’s all-time sacks leader in a win over Robert Morris and finished his career with 29.5 quarterback takedowns. His 23.0 tackles for loss paced the Northeast Conference while the 2.1 hits for loss per game average stands as the second-best in the FCS.
The Sports Network, the leader in FCS coverage, will announce its All-America selections on Tuesday, December 23. We’ll have the results here on Overtime! Blog.