Five men took their first snaps as a NEC starting signal caller this week and all five accounted for multiple noteworthy plays.
Four of the five quarterbacks are transfers from Division I FBS members and were not on their current teams’ rosters last year. Sacred Heart senior Kevin Duke is the lone member of the group to have already appeared in a NEC game.
Here’s how the five first-year starters fared in the 2017 season debuts…
KEVIN DUKE, SACRED HEART
236 yards total offense, 81.3 pass completion pct., 1 pass TD, 3 rush TD
After sitting behind RJ Noel, the NEC’s all-time leader in total offense, the past few seasons, Duke finally received his chance and he looked extremely comfortable at the controls in a wire-to-wire win over Stetson.
BEAR FENIMORE, SAINT FRANCIS
280 pass yards, 67.7 completion pct., 3 pass TD
The Houston transfer arrived in Loretto only two months ago, but he already has a great rapport with All-American pass-catcher Kamron Lewis. Fenimore, who connected with Lewis eight times, completed passes to eight different receivers in a runaway win over Lock Haven.
PRICE WILSON, BRYANT
378 pass yards, 4 pass TD
Replacing the man (Dalton Easton) who set the NEC single-season record for touchdown passes last fall, Wilson fired four scoring strikes of his own during his debut as Bryant’s starting signal caller. The Bulldogs’ first-year starter played sparingly at Louisiana Tech prior to arriving in Smithfield.
JIMMY WALKER, ROBERT MORRIS
198 pass yards, 72-yard TD pass tied game
The San Diego State transfer engineered a comeback victory during his RMU debut, leading the Colonials past a rival opponent that they hadn’t beaten since 2000. His 72-yard scoring strike to Tavin Allison down the left sideline provided a tide-turning spark.
TOMMMY STUART, DUQUESNE
175 pass yards, 2 pass TD
Nothing like having to face a FCS juggernaut in your first start. Stuart, who transferred to Duquesne from Boise State, hooked up with Nehari Crawford and Kareem Coles for the Dukes’ lone touchdowns in a setback at No. 4 South Dakota State.
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