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#NECFB’s AP All-America Presence Reaches All-time High

 

Four Northeast Conference footballers received All-America honors from the Associated Press, marking the highest single-season total in league history.

Topping the three AP All-America selections garnered by NEC athletes in 2016, Wagner RB Ryan Fulse (First Team), Duquesne RB AJ Hines (Second Team), Robert Morris TE Matthew Gonzalez (Second Team) and Wagner LB Cam Gill (Third Team) accounted for a banner showing in 2018.

Fulse ranks amongst the FCS’ top-four rushers for the second straight season. He totaled more than 100 yards from scrimmage in nine of 11 games this season, including a 25-1 yard day at Montana State. ACC member Syracuse was lone team to hold him under 90 scrimmage yards.

Hines, the 2016 Jerry Rice Award winner, exceeded 1,000-yard rushing mark for third straight season. He scored at least one touchdown in all eight of the team’s regular season victories, including 3 TD rushes in Week 2 win over Valparaiso. In four of the Dukes’ five NEC triumphs, the pwerfull runner racked up more than 200 yards from scrimmage.

Gonzalez emerged as a serious threat in RMU’s passing attack, leading the NEC with 12 touchdown receptions (the second-most TD catches by a FCS tight end this season). The 6-foot-3 junior finished the season as the No. 1 receiver on a team that saw a 140+ percent increase in scoring offense from the 2017 campaign.

Gill, a 2018 Buck Buchanan Finalist, made second-most tackles-for-loss (24.0) in FCS. After ranking second amongst NEC sacks leaders as sophomore, the junior led circuit with 13.5 QB takedowns. The explosive edge rusher accounted for at least 2.0 TFL in seven games, including visits to Montana State and ACC member Syracuse.

 

 

NEC Associated Press FCS All-Americans Since 2010…

2018
RB Ryan Fulse (WAG) 1st Team
RB AJ Hines (DUQ) 2nd Team
TE Matthew Gonzalez (RMU) 2nd Team
LB Cam Gill (WAG) 3rd Team

2017
OG Ben Huss (DUQ) 2nd Team
LB Tom Costigan (BRY) 3rd Team

2016
DB Lorenzo Jerome (SFU) 1st Team
WR Kamron Lewis (SFU) 2nd Team
LB Christian Kuntz (DUQ) 2nd Team

2015
LB Christian Kuntz (DUQ) 2nd Team

2014
DB Jarrett Dieudonne (WAG) 2nd Team
DL Jeff Covitz (BRY) 3rd Team

2013
RB Kyle Harbridge (SFU) 3rd Team
DB JD Roussel (SHU) 3rd Team

2012
WR Jordan Harris (BRY) 2nd Team

2011
DB Serge Kona (DUQ) 3rd Team

2010
TE Shadrae King (RMU) 1st Team
OL Corey Konycki (RMU) 2nd Team

Brainy Ballers Represent #NECFB Amongst Nation’s Academic Elite

The Northeast Conference is home to multiple Google Cloud CoSIDA Division I Football Academic All-Americans for the first time since 2014.

With Oregon QB Justin Herbert headlining the list, 51 student-athletes from across all of Division I (FBS/FCS) received the prestigious accolade.

Robert Morris senior linebacker Adam Wollet, who was one of 17 repeat national selections, landed on the First Team while Wagner senior tight end Chris Woodard earned a spot on the Second Team.

The NEC, which has produced at least one Academic All-American during seven of the past eight seasons, had not celebrated two selections in the same year since Sacred Heart running back Sean Bell and Robert Morris center Nick Faraci appeared on the 2014 Second Team.

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#NECFB Believe It Or Not (Week 11)

Through 10 weeks, Northeast Conference athletes and teams have logged numerous spectacular accomplishments on the gridiron. In prepping for Week 11, we stumbled upon some timely eye-popping facts to share with our readers.

Believe them or not, the following NEC Football-related statements are TRUE…

Sacred Heart rushed for nearly 900 yards (538+347) over its last two NEC contests.

Bryant LB Thomas Costigan, who has logged at least 1.0 TFL in seven of his last eight appearances, had totaled 6.0 stops for a loss over his two most-recent outings.

Sacred Heart DE Chris Agyemang, who totaled only nine tackles last season, has made 5.0 hits for a loss over the past two weeks.

Saint Francis safety Nick Rinella was his team’s leading tackler (11) and rusher (60 yards) during a Week 10 win over Bryant.

Limiting rushers to 2.8 yards per carry, Duquesne has allowed only 383 rush yards through four conference contests.

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