The Northeast Conference handed out its five major individual football honors on Thanksgiving Eve.
Playoff-bound Saint Francis saw sophomore Kamron Lewis become only the second receiver ever to capture the NEC Offensive Player of the Year award while head coach Chris Villarrial bagged his second consecutive NEC Coach of the Year honor.
NEC co-champion Duquesne earned two top honors. Linebacker Christian Kuntz, the league’s all-time sacks leader, made it back-to-back NEC Defensive Player of the Year awards while freshman ball carrier AJ Hines ran his way to the NEC Offensive Rookie of the Year award (first Duke ever to win the honor).
Robert Morris freshman linebacker Gee Stanley’s pass rushing prowess resulted in the NEC Defensive Rookie of the Week award.
One Telling Fact for Each Honoree
Kamron Lewis (SFU) – Topped FCS in receiving yards (1,349)
Christian Kuntz (DUQ) – Second overall amongst FCS leaders in sacks (11.5) and TFL (24.0)
AJ Hines (DUQ) – Led NEC (ranking sixth nationally) in rush yards (1,291)
Gee Stanley (RMU) — Second amongst FCS freshmen in sacks (8.5)
Chris Villarrial (SFU) – Guided team to first-ever FCS Playoffs berth