NFL Dreams Continue for Two NEC Alumni

Lorenzo Jerome

They are part of the fortunate few.

Saint Francis’ Lorenzo Jerome (49ers) and Wagner’s Julian Stanford (Jets), neither of whom was drafted, made the cut when NFL teams were required to submit their initial 53-man regular season rosters on September 2 at 4:00 pm ET.

For Jerome, it’s another milestone during what has been a remarkable past 12 months. The span includes leading SFU to its first-ever NEC title last November, forcing five turnovers over the course of two exclusive collegiate all-star games, going undrafted in April despite high prospects, immediately turning heads as an UDFA during San Francisco’s rookie camp and OTAs, starting at free safety for the 49ers’ first two preseason games and now becoming the first Red Flash representative to make a NFL roster in more than 60 years.

Jerome, a four-time all-NEC first teamer, made 18 interceptions for Saint Francis during a collegiate career that featured All-America honors as both a kick returner and defensive back. After earning MVP honors at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, the native Floridian accounted for three takeaways while becoming the first-ever NEC player to participate in the prestigious Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Stanford, who initially entered the professional ranks as an UDFA with the Jaguars in 2012, was an active member of the Jets’ roster for much of the 2016 campaign after being signed by Gang Green in December 2015.

Stanford, who was an all-NEC selection at linebacker in 2011, has played in 43 regular season NFL contests. He played in all four preseason games for the Jets this summer and logged 13 tackles, including eight stops against the Giants in the Snoopy Bowl.

The following NEC alumni were WAIVED by their respective NFL teams prior to the official roster cutdown deadline and will hope to latch on with another club or land on a practice squad: Duquesne’s Larson Graham (Falcons), Robert Morris’ Marcelis Branch (Falcons), Wagner’s Najee Harris (Raiders), Duquesne’s Christian Kuntz (Patriots)

 

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NEC Spring Scholar-Athlete Awards Spread Across Seven Campuses

They competed during the 2017 spring sports season while performing remarkably well in the academic arena.

They are the NEC Spring Scholar-Athlete of the Year award winners.

Bryant, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis U and Wagner each earned multiple selections. Fairleigh Dickinson, Robert Morris and Saint Joseph’s are home to single honorees.

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Four NEC Men’s Lacrosse Players Drafted into MLL

Four of the first 74 players selected in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft competed for Northeast Conference programs this past spring.

Bryant was the lone team with multiple draftees.

Bulldogs’ forward Tucker James was the first NEC alumnus selected in the Draft, going to the New York Lizards 52nd overall (Round 6). Five picks later, one of James’ collegiate teammates heard his name called. Bryant defenseman Kyle Mummau, the second NEC player taken, went to the Chesapeake Bayhawks via the 57th overall selection (Round 7).

The pair of 2017 picks mark the fifth-straight season the Bulldogs have seen a player drafted in the MLL ranks.

Right after Mummau went to the Bayhawks, the Rochester rattlers snagged Hobart’s Frank Brown with the very next pick (58th overall). Brown, the 2016 NEC Player of the Year, scored 81 goals in 58 collegiate contests.

Sacred Heart’s Brian Masi heard his name called in Round 9, going to the Atlanta Blaze with the 74th overall selection.

2017 NEC MLL Draft Picks
Round 6 (52nd overall): Tucker James, BRY – New York Lizards

Round 7 (57th overall): Kyle Mummau, BRY – Chesapeake Bayhawks

Round 7 (58th overall): Frank Brown, HOB – Rochester Rattlers

Round 9 (74th overall): Brian Masi, SHU – Atlanta Blaze

 

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Check out Bryant’s Recent MLL DRAFTEES…

2017 – Tucker James, New York Lizards (Round 6 / 52nd overall)

Kyle Mummau, Chesapeake Bayhawks (Round 7 / 57th overall)

2016 – Gunnar Waldt, Florida Launch (Round 4 / 28th overall)

Shane Morrell, Charlotte Hounds (Round 8 / 63rd overall)

2015 – Kevin Massa, Charlotte Hounds (Round 4 / 26th overall)

2014 – Colin Dunster, Denver Outlaws (Round 4 / 30th overall)

Alex Zomerfeld, New York Lizards (Round 8 / 58th overall)

2013 – Mason Poli, Charlotte Hounds (Round 4 / 27th overall)

2010 – Andrew Hennessey, Denver Outlaws (Round 2 / 11th overall)

2009 – Zack Greer, Long Island Lizards (Round 1 / 3rd overall)