It was a summer day in July at MetLife Stadium and the expectations ran as high as the mercury did in the humid, sweltering heat of New Jersey’s Meadowlands.
Duquesne’s Christian Kuntz and Saint Francis’ Lorenzo Jerome were both present in the Coaches’ Club that day, helping to ceremoniously kick off the 2016 season at the second annual #NECFB Social Media Day.
Months earlier, they had squared off in a winner-take-all 2015 regular season finale at Duquesne’s Rooney Field.
Now, these two all-Northeast Conference performers were about to embark on their senior seasons.
They would have one final chance to leave their mark on the NEC and the Football Championship Subdivision.
As it turns out, they didn’t disappoint.
When STATS Inc, one of the leaders in NCAA FCS coverage, unveiled its All-America Teams on Tuesday, December 20, Kuntz and Jerome found themselves on the First Team.
It marked the first time ever that two NEC players were named to the First Team in the same season.
In all, four NEC players achieved All-America status as Saint Francis wide receiver Kamron Lewis, the NEC Offensive Player of the Year, and Duquesne offensive guard Ben Huss earned spots on the Third Team.