The NEC’s Keystone State contingent is home to the league’s two STATS FCS Preseason All-Americans.
STATS Inc, a leader in Division I FCS coverage, unveiled its three 2017 Preseason All-America Teams on July 31. Saint Francis’ junior wide receiver Kamron Lewis and Duquesne’s senior offensive guard Ben Huss occupied spots on the Second team Offense.
Both athletes earned All-America Third Team status at the conclusion of the 2016 campaign.
Lewis, the reigning NEC Offensive Player of the Year, ranked first amongst DI FCS individual leaders in receiving yards at the conclusion of the 2016 regular season. The California product’s sophomore campaign doubled as the most prolific single season for a receiver in NEC history. With his 129-yard effort at Villanova in the FCS playoffs, Lewis surpassed SFU alumnus Michael Caputo (1,433) to set the conference’s single-season receiving yards record at 1,478 yards.
Four of Lewis’ league-leading 75 receptions went for at least 72 yards. The 2016 Walter Payton Award Finalist made no fewer than three catches in any of the Red Flash’s 12 games and he eclipsed the 120-yard receiving mark during eight of the season’s last nine contests.
Huss has been a mainstay on the interior of Duquesne’s O-Line since his freshman year (2014), playing mostly right guard for what has routinely been one of the top offensive attacks on the circuit.
Huss is a three-time All-NEC selection, including two consecutive first team honors. The Keystone State product started all 11 games during the 2016 campaign, upping his career total to 33 starts.
Helping pave the way for Jerry Rice Award Winner AJ Hines, Huss was a key piece in a rushing attack that averaged 4.3 yards per carry. As a unit, the Dukes owned NEC’s top-ranked scoring offense (31.2 ppg) and total offense (429.0 ypg).
For each of the past four years, the NEC has placed at least four representatives on the year-end All-America Teams.
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