#NECinNFL Update (2018 Rookie Camp Edition)

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.

 

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Greg Senat: Hoops ➡️ Gridiron ➡️ NFL Draft Pick

A former college basketball player became the first Northeast Conference athlete selected in the NFL Draft in nearly a decade.

Wagner offensive tackle Greg Senat, who originally attended the school on a basketball scholarship, went to the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Prior to Senat being selected with the No. 212 overall pick this spring, former Monmouth tight end, a four-time all-NEC honoree, was the conference’s last draft pick. Nalbone went to the Dolphins with the 161st pick in the 2009 NFL Draft (5th Round).

Although Senat is the first NFL Draft pick in Wagner’s NEC history, the Seahawks have had a presence in the NFL in recent years. Former all-NEC linebacker Julian Stanford has played in 59 NFL games since 2012 and the veteran signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills this past offseason.

 

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NEC Has STATS All-Americans on Offense, Defense and Special Teams

A trio of Northeast Conference athletes earned spots on the 2017 STATS FCS All-America Third Team.

Duquesne offensive guard Ben Huss earned an All-America nod from STATS for the second year in a row. The four-time all-NEC lineman started all 11 games in 2017, running his career total to 44 starts. He was the leader up front for an offense that produced a league-high 6.1 yards per play. Huss also received All-America honors from the Associated Press, earning a place on the AP’s Second Team Offense.

Saint Francis senior cornerback Malik Duncan and Bryant sophomore kick returner Jean Constant are first-time STATS All-Americans. The former was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award after making 11 starts for the nation’s second-ranked defense in terms of pass efficiency rating. Constant, who ranked second overall amongst FCS all-purpose yards leaders, averaged 27.5 yards per kickoff return – the highest mark in the nation amongst players with at least 25 return attempts.

 

 

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Linebacker and Offensive Guard Represent #NECFB in AP All-America Arena

Two all-Northeast Conference football players received All-America plaudits from the Associated Press.

Duquesne senior guard Ben Huss, who has been a mainstay up front for what’s perennially been one of the league’s most high-powered offenses, earned a spot on the AP All-America Second Team.

Bryant junior linebacker Tom Costigan, the 2017 NEC Defensive Player of the Year, garnered Third Team All-America honors from the AP.

Neither athlete had received All-America honors from the AP prior to this season, but Huss was named a STATS FCS Third Team All-American as a junior in 2016.

Huss makes its three straight seasons during which a Duquesne Duke has made an AP All-America Team. Linebacker Christian Kuntz, a two-time NEC Defensive Player of the Year, earned second team status in both 2015 and 2016.

Costigan is the first Bryant Bulldog to snag an AP All-America selection since 2014 when lineman Jeff Covitz, the program’s all-time sacks leader, earned a spot on the Third Team Defense.

 

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NEC Associated Press FCS All-Americans Since 2010…

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