They just want an opportunity and a number of fortunate NEC football alumni are getting one this spring.
Six athletes with all-NEC credentials have accepted invitations to attend NFL Rookie Camps on a tryout basis.
They are as follows:
Malik Duncan, Saint Francis DB (Steelers)
Delondo Boyd, Saint Francis DB (Bears)
Ben Huss, Duquesne OG (Jaguars)
Matt Sewall, Bryant WR/KR (Texans)
Andy Smigiera, Robert Morris DB (Seahawks/Cardinals)
Randall Laguerre, Central Connecticut LB (Eagles)
Amongst the aforementioned six men, Huss and Duncan earned STATS FCS All-America honors this past winter. Huss competed in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January.
Meanwhile, Wagner two starting offensive tackles from the 2017 season will compete in NFL camps after signing rookie contracts. After being selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by Baltimore, Greg Senat inked a deal with the Ravens prior to the start of their mini camp. Meanwhile, all-NEC tackle Matt Diaz was one of 22 players to sign UDFA contracts with the Tennessee Titans.
Anthony Averett, Bradley Bozeman, DeShon Elliott, Jordan Lasley, Jaleel Scott, Greg Senat, Zach Sieler and Kenny Young are now under contract after signing today.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 5, 2018
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God is good 🙏🏾🏈!!! Pen to paper!!! 📝 pic.twitter.com/uDnzw1P4pu
— Gregory Senat (@gregorysenat) May 6, 2018
Titans officially reach deals with 22 undrafted free agents #TitanUp
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) May 11, 2018
— Wagner College Football (@Wagner_Football) March 27, 2018
We have added three tryout players to this weekend’s rookie minicamp roster:
-WR Jesse Zubik (W&J)
-S Malik Duncan (St. Francis, Pa.)
-S Ross Douglas (Rutgers)
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 12, 2018
Saint Francis cornerback Malik Duncan accepted an invitation to participate in rookie mini camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend. Duncan, a two-time all-NEC first-team selection, racked up 147 tackles, 29 pass break ups and 7 interceptions in 45 starts.
— Jake Oswalt (@TheWizOfOz11) May 11, 2018
Saint Francis DB Malik Duncan makes it No. 208 for the FCS as far as rookie prospects getting an NFL shot. He’ll report to Steelers mini-camp tomorrow (Sat., May 12) for 3 days. He joins teammate Delondo Boyd (Bears) with an NFL shot #RedFlash READ https://t.co/7AZZdYPG4p pic.twitter.com/2sjQdOnFvi
— Brian McLaughlin (@BrianMacWriter) May 11, 2018
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 12, 2018
— Bobby Sewall (@BobbySewall) May 12, 2018
— DailyNewsSports (@SportsNDN) May 1, 2018
#DuqFB OL and Upper St. Clair alum Ben Huss has been invited to rookie minicamp with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
— Alan Saunders (@ASaunders_PGH) May 1, 2018
— John Perez (@PerezSportsJP) April 30, 2018
Robert Morris safety @AndySmigiera, the star of the Cal (Pa.) pro day, will attend rookie tryout camps with the Seahawks and Cardinals after going undrafted.
— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) April 29, 2018
West Seneca native and Robert Morris safety Andy Smigiera has gotten a rookie minicamp invite from both the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, and will participate in both. Here’s the story I did on Smigiera back in March: https://t.co/hsGLlyOWqb
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) April 29, 2018