NEC football teams lift the lid of the 2016 season with games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.
During the summer-long anticipation of the new season’s start, pundits, analysts, former players, writers and more shared thoughts across the internet.
We’ve taken some of what we’ve found over the past two months and capsulized it for you below.
Here’s to a fun-filled football season for all!
“The NEC figures to be competitive again, with 2013 and ’14 champ Sacred Heart expected to get back into the championship mix.” – STATS Inc
“Don’t sleepwalk through this schedule. … There are landmines everywhere in the NEC so taking each opponent seriously would be wise.” – HERO Sports
“Despite the finish, it was a stunning breakthrough not many predicted. Now the bar is set even higher for Chris Villarrial’s team.” – WJAC TV
Preseason Reading List
Defenses hopes to stop ‘Year of QBs’ in NEC Football – STATS Inc (Craig Haley)
Saint Francis’ Chris Villarrial Talks Breakout 2015, NFL Years – HERO Sports (Brian McLaughlin)
Double Trouble – Connecticut Post (Doug Bonjour)
FCS preview: Defending NEC champ Duquesne looks to return to postseason — Pittsburgh Tribune Review (Doug Gulasy)
After breakthrough season, Saint Francis raising expectations – WJAC NBC 6 (Jordan Conigliaro)
Central Football Looking Ahead To Better Season – Hartford Courant (Desmond Conner)
Bryant Football Looks to Get Over “Hump” in 2016 — GoLocalProv (Joe Calabro)
Wagner College football kicks off Thursday, Houghtaling looking for rebound year – Staten Island Advance (Cormac Gordon)
2016 Northeast Conference Preview – STATS Inc (Craig Haley)
Northeast Conference Football 2016 Preview – HERO Sports (Brian McLaughlin)
— Allen Bailey (@usmcjustlikeme) July 23, 2016
— Gordon Hill (@G_Hill_) July 21, 2016
Wagner is gonna fired up this year after seeing that preseason ranking #NECFB
— Q (@Mr_QAnderson) July 21, 2016
— Brian McLaughlin (@BrianMacWriter) July 21, 2016