Hines Not Receiving The Hype He Deserves

Duquesne’s AJ Hines won the NEC Rookie of the Week award 10 times in 2016.


When Athlon Sports unveiled its Top 10 Running Backs in the FCS in 2017, there was a surprising omission from the main list.

The name of the 2016 NEC rushing champion does not appear until the reader scrolls to the bottom of the page and looks over the “More Running Backs to Watch” section.

Duquesne’s AJ Hines is coming off a freshman season that saw him rush for a league-high 1,291 yards and 13 touchdowns while adding another 200 yards receiving.


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Hines, an all-NEC first team running back, also won the STATS Jerry Rice Award, presented annually to the top freshman in the FCS.

Not to mention, the man carried the ball 242 times in 11 games. The workhorse-like effort resulted in 5.3 yards per carry and more than 117 rush yards per outing.

If you ask us (and they didn’t), AJ Hines HAS the credentials of a top-10 FCS running back!


AJ Hines (L) and NFL HOF member Jerry Rice (R)


Check out these Hines’ Highlights and You Decide…


In addition to Hines, the Northeast Conference returns a number of accomplished rushers to the gridiron this fall.

Wagner’s Denzel Knight averaged a league-best 6.5 yards per a carry in 2016. He gained 703 yards and scored seven touchdowns on the ground, needing only 108 rushes to do so.

Saint Francis U’s Marcus Bagley fought through injury for much of his junior campaign, but still managed to gain 1,000 yards from scrimmage (891 rush, 109 receiving). He logged 101 yards, including 95 rushing, in a Week 1 bout at Big Sky member Montana.

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