The MetLife Stadium operations team was in full concert mode with Guns N Roses shows slated for the weekend.
But football was still in the air at the Home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.
Hinting that another season is on the horizon, the Northeast Conference hosted its second annual #NECFB Social Media Day in the field-level Coaches Club at MetLife.
The Division I FCS conference welcomed current coaches and players along with selected alumni to the Garden State for a preseason pigskin celebration.
In addition to a sponsor summit and VIP Luncheon, the NEC produced a live season preview program that was carried by ESPN3 and unveiled the results to the preseason coaches’ poll.
#NECFB Social Media Day Poll Reveal (VIDEO)
Team-by-Team Preseason Snapshots
DUQUESNE – Dillon Buechel (QB) and Christian Kuntz (LB) rank amongst the best in FCS at their respective positions. Their presence is one of numerous reasons for the optimism surrounding the Dukes’ title defense.
SACRED HEART – The Pioneers are 25-11 with RJ Noel under center. The fourth-year starting signal caller, along with All-American linebacker James Rentz, is itching for a third trip to the FCS playoffs.
SAINT FRANCIS – The Red Flash return numerous key components, including All-American specialists Lance Geesey (PK) and Lorenzo Jerome (KR), from the team that finished one win shy of its first-ever NEC crown last November.
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT – A bevy of budding playmakers provides plenty of promise in Hardware City. The Blue Devils averaged 31+ points per game during a trio of wins last October before back-to-back losses doomed their title hopes.
BRYANT – An experienced starting quarterback and the return of battle-tested defensive playmakers provide a steady foundation for the Bulldogs, who have never finished NEC play with a sub-.500 record.
ROBERT MORRIS – Despite youth flooding the roster, the Colonials allowed the fewest yards per play in the league last season. Will their strong finish to the 2015 campaign result in a fast start this fall?
WAGNER – Only two years removed from a share of the conference crown, the Seahawks have enough talent to defy their preseason ranking and insert themselves into the title conversation.
The Results of the Coaches’ Vote…