The #NECalumni Roundtable discussion at MetLife Stadium on July 23, 2015.
“Celebrating the past while focusing on the future” is a quick way to summarize the #NECFB Social Media Day event that transpired at MetLife Stadium on July 23.
It wouldn’t have been as much of a celebration, however, had a distinguished group of alumni failed to attend.
Fortunately, Nick Doscher (Wagner), Rashad Barksdale (Albany), Anthony Doria (Saint Francis), Myles Russ (Robert Morris), Gordon Hill (Sacred Heart) and John Tashjian (Bryant) were all present for the festivities at MetLife Stadium.
If you’re not sure why any of these men are important, then take a look at some of the biographical information that the Overtime! Blog staff has listed below.
Who are these guys?
RASHAD BARKSDALE – DB – Albany – 2006
– 2 INT vs. Joe Flacco in win at Delaware
– Eagles’ Sixth Round Draft Pick (2007)
– Made NFL debut for Chiefs (Oct. 7, 2007)
NICK DOSCHER – QB – Wagner — 2009-12
– KC Royals farmhand for 3+ seasons
– 2009 NEC Offensive Rookie of Year
– No INT vs. FCS in 2012
ANTHONY DORIA – QB – Saint Francis – 2003-06
– Current QB Coach at Duquesne
– 8,544 pass yards (2nd all-time in NEC)
– 61 TD passes (4th all-time in NEC)
MYLES RUSS – RB – Robert Morris – 2007-10
– Current RB coach at RMU
– 2010 NEC Offensive Player of Year
– 4,271 rush yards (6th all-time in NEC)
GORDON HILL – DB – Sacred Heart – 2011-14
– Two-time All-NEC First Team Safety
– 2014 Division I FCS All-American
– Signed by SD Chargers as UDFA
JOHN TASHJIAN – OL – Bryant – 2009
– Appeared in 33 games from 2007-09
– 11 starts as C/G during Bulldogs’ first NEC season
– Team had wins over WAG, RMU, DUQ, SFU
Four of the aforementioned men sat down with NEC play-by-play announcer Paul Dottino for a special alumni roundtable segment that can be viewed below…
Five quick observations from #NECFB Social Media Day (as witnessed by @NECralph)…
Wagner’s Big Al Page, a Preseason All-American, thoroughly enjoyed the steak served in the Toyota Coaches’ Club this afternoon. Accompanying Al in the buffet line as we went up for thirds, the defensive tackle, who is listed at a svelte 295 lbs, said to me, “This steak is legit. I may be 350 by the time I leave here.” Al, I’ve been there before and life at 350 ain’t so bad. Enjoy that steak.
Preseason All-NEC quarterback RJ Noel gave me some great social media advice today. Noticing I was a bit late tweeting out the coaches’ poll results, Noel told me to “make better use of my twitter drafts folder.”
Rashad Barksdale on Nick Doscher… “I can’t believe that guy sitting next to me on the panel was a quarterback. He looks like a linebacker.” … For having never seen Doscher play (Barksdale graduated in 2007 when Doscher was still playing ball in the Kansas City Royals farm system), his description was right on because Nick Doscher played quarterback with a linebacker’s mentality and it was fun to watch.
I answered numerous questions today as anyone good PR director and host should at an event such as #NECFB Social Media Day, but there was one question in particular that stood out from all the rest. About an hour before the program was to start, the lovely wife of Robert Morris head coach John Banaszak asked me, “What hashtag should I use to tweet about this event?” … You HAVE to love a person who appreciates the art of #hashtagging.
Finally, maybe he was supposed to be working, but Michael Caputo was watching. The No. 2 receiver on the NEC’s all-time yardage list was quick to tweet his reaction to a comment Barksdale made during the alumni roundtable.
@RB25HUD@NECFootball my man. Thanks for shout out. I had a ball playin against u too. The best brings out the best.
Coaches and student-athletes from all seven NEC football programs descended upon MetLIfe Stadium to ceremoniously kick off the 2015 season, the conference’s 20th on the gridiron.
#NECalumni, corporate partners and media were also in attendance as the conference celebrated its football history and previewed the season ahead.
For the first time since joining the NEC in 2009, Bryant earned the moniker of preseason favorite.
The league also unveiled a 27-member Preseason All-NEC Team that includes a quartet of STATS Inc All-Americans – Al Page (Wagner), James Rentz (Sacred Heart), Chris King (Duquesne), Khairi Dickson (Saint Francis).
The Northeast Conference used its digital network to unveil an eight-game “#NECFB on ESPN3” package.
Two-time defending NEC champion Sacred Heart will open the ESPN3 schedule at Robert Morris on October 11. The package will unfold over seven weeks, closing with the regular season finale between Duquesne and Saint Francis from Rooney Field on November 21.