Past accomplishments landed a quartet of Northeast Conference football players on the STATS Division I FCS Preseason All-America Teams.
Linebackers Christian Kuntz (Duquesne) and James Rentz (Sacred Heart) along with a pair of Saint Francis specialists (PK Lance Geesey, KR Lorenzo Jerome) represent #NECFB on the national preseason Honor Roll.
Kuntz earned a spot on the First Team while the other three all found places on the second unit.
Kuntz (National Linebacker of the Year) and Geesey (National Placekicker of the Year) earned top national honors from the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association last fall, occupying two of the 11 spots on the 2015 FCS ADA All-America Team. Although Geesey was tabbed the nation’s top placekicker by the FCS ADA, STATS Inc. went with William & Mary’s Nick Dorka for its 2016 preseason first team selection.
#NECFB Preseason All-American Slideshow
The Quartet’s Credentials
CHRISTIAN KUNTZ, DUQ
Kuntz couldn’t have accounted for a much more impressive comeback. After missing the entire 2014 season due to injury, the Dukes’ leading linebacker played his way to the 2015 NEC Defensive Player of the Year award while his team secured its first-ever FCS playoff berth. En-route to the second STATS All-America selection of his career, Kuntz logged more tackles-for-loss (26.0) than any other player in the nation.
JAMES RENTZ, SHU
Rentz enters her senior season with a pair of NEC championship rings and 33 career appearances to his credit. The SHU linebacker has spent three seasons menacing opposing passers, logging 25.0 quarterback sacks to move up to fourth place on the NEC’s all-time list. The three-time all-NEC selection earned a STATS FCS All-America Third Team nod last fall.
LANCE GEESEY, SFU
Geesey, the reigning FCS ADA National Placekicker of the Year, set the NEC standard for accuracy during the 2015 campaign. Nailing 94 percent of his field goal attempts, the Keystone State product produced a 16-for-17 clip to lead all FCS kickers. Geesey, whose lone miss last year was a 47-yarder on the road, has made 45 three-pointers during his career and stands two shy of setting the NEC record.
LORENZO JEROME, SFU
The Red Flash veteran is more than an all-conference safety. Jerome, an unanimous selection at return specialist on the 2015 All-NEC First Team, accounted for the top kickoff return average (31.2 ypr) in Division I FCS last fall. He was one of only eight FCS players to return at least two kickoffs for touchdowns during the 2015 regular season, one of which was a program-record 99-yard runback at CAA member Towson.