🏈 Kickoff 2017 🏈 Reading List

NEC football is BACK for a 22nd season. All seven teams lift the lid of the 2017 campaign with games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.

Plenty was written about #NECFB this summer and the word counts have increased with the arrival of GAME WEEK.

We have done all the work for you and constructed your End-of-the-Summer NEC Football Reading List.

 

GAME WEEK READS

Bryant begins new era under up-tempo Perry – Woonsocket Call (Branden Mello)

EXCERPT: A number of other Bryant leaders who were on 2014 team see some similarities, but they know how hard it will be for the squad to replicate that start.

 

Get to know Central Connecticut State, Syracuse football’s first opponent – Syracuse.com (Staff)

EXCERPT: SU head coach Dino Babers called opening against the Blue Devils a “very dangerous situation.” How much of that is truth and how much is coachspeak?

 

Duquesne Football Faces Stiff Test To Open Season On Thursday — CBS Pittsburgh (93-7 The Fan)

EXCERPT: “It’s new for us to go up to that part of the country, but a couple years we opened against Old Dominion, they put 25-30,000 people in their seats and two years ago, we went up and playing Buffalo and actually were leading that game in the 4th quarter at one point in time,” said Schmitt.

 

Duquesne Dukes bringing FCS playoff contender to Brookings – Argus Leader (Matt Zimmer)

EXCERPT: The Dukes are the first team to get a shot, and while they’ll be decided underdogs against the defending Missouri Valley Football Conference champions, they are not an early-season sacrificial lamb. This is an FCS team with some momentum of its own.

 

Stetson to honor Blakely at season opener – YAHOO! Sports (STATS)

EXCERPT: Sacred Heart is planning to hold a moment of silence before the nonconference game.

 

Fenimore to start for Red Flash – WTAJ (Alex Cawley)

EXCERPT: Coach Chris Villarrial pointed to the Houston transfers’ progression in camp, as well as his ability to check out of plays at the line of scrimmage, as the reason for his decision.

 

Alex Thomson, Wagner College football team set for opener Thursday – Staten Island Advance (Advance Sports Desk)

EXCERPT: Last season was about recovery and rebuilding for Wagner College, which won one game in Jason Houghtaling’s first year as head coach in 2015.

 

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Kuntz Becomes Fifth NEC Product to Sign NFL Rookie Deal This Year

It is now officially a banner offseason for NEC Football.

With two-time NEC Defensive Player of the Year Christian Kuntz (Duquesne) signing a UDFA contract with the New England Patriots on Monday, the number of rookies representing the NEC in NFL training camps has matched an all-time high of five.

Kuntz, a three-time STATS FCS All-American linebacker who set the NEC career sacks (30.5) record during his time on The Bluff, participated in two NFL rookie camps (Buccaneers, Texans) earlier this spring but was unsigned until becoming the defending Super Bowl champions’ latest addition.

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Preseason Glance at 2017 #NECFB Race

Chris Villarrial’s Red Flash have earned the program’s highest-ever preseason NEC ranking.

The Northeast Conference football coaches have spoken through their annual poll and three teams received at least one first-place vote.

On paper, the battle for the 2017 #NECFB crown looks as competitive as it has at any other instance during the conference’s 22-year history of football. There’s bound to be a surprise, or two, along the way as well.

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