#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.

 

Continue reading

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.

 

TWEET SHEET

 

 

 

NEC Produces Four of First 55 Picks in 2018 MLL Draft

Three Dawgs and a Colonial defenseman saw their names scroll across the Major League Lacrosse Draft ticker on Wednesday night.

Two current Northeast Conference lacrosse athletes were selected by the defending MLL champion Ohio Machine while two others went to the Boston Cannons.

Bryant midfielder Tom Kennedy, Tewaaraton watch list selection and Senior CLASS Award finalist, was the first NEC player to receive a call. Kennedy, who has scored at least 14 goals during each of his four collegiate campaigns, went to the Boston Cannons with the 26th overall selection.

Five picks later, the Machine drafted fellow Bryant Bulldog Kenny Massa (31st overall).

Robert Morris defender Zach Bryant was the next NEC player off the board, going to the Machine at Pick No. 45. Bryant is the first RMU player drafted into the professional outdoor league since Sean Meagher went 41st overall to Charlotte in the 2015 (December) MLL Supplemental Draft.

The Cannons, who took Kennedy in Round 3, chose another Bulldog with the first pick of Round 7. Anthony Johnson was the 55th selection overall, making Bryant the first ever NEC team to have three players taken in the same MLL Draft.

 

 TWEET SHEET

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

 

2018 NEC MLL Draft Picks

Round 3 (26th Overall): Tom Kennedy, Bryant – Boston Cannons

Round 4 (31st Overall): Kenny Massa, Bryant – Ohio Machine

Round 5 (45th Overall): Zach Bryant, Robert Morris – Ohio Machine

Round 7 (55th Overall): Anthony Johnson, Bryant – Boston Cannons

Robert Morris Football Legend Still Scoring Goals in Steel City

Courtesy @USL (USLsoccer.com)

 

No NCAA Division I player scored more goals than Neco Brett during the 2014 season and no player in the USL scored more than the former Robert Morris star did last week.

Having signed with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds this past winter, Brett netted a hat trick to power his team to its first win of the season. The Riverhounds topped Toronto FC II, 4-0, on April 7.

In the aftermath of his performance, Brett was voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 4 of the 2018 season.

Continue reading

Two #NECMBB Greats Join LIU Softball Legend in Newest Hall of Fame Class

 

Welcome to the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame, Mike Iuzzolino, Lesley Renninger and Howie Dickenman!

This year’s three-member class raises the total number of names enshrined in Somerset to 29.

Here’s something you should know about each of the three newest honorees.

 

Mike Iuzzolino (Saint Francis U)

Before going on to star in the NBA Jam video game alongside Dallas Mavericks teammate Derek Harper, Iuzzolino was responsible for arguably the most-impressive individual two-year stretch in the league’s 37 seasons of men’s basketball. SFU’s Academic All-American shot 52.3 percent from three-point range while piling up 1,346 points in two seasons after transferring from Penn State.

 

Lesley Renninger (LIU Brooklyn)

Her collegiate career ended 25 years ago, but there is still no LIU pitcher with a better career earned-run average than Renninger. The Academic All-American, who helped the Blackbirds to a conference crown as a freshman, won 55 of her 71 decisions in the circle.

 

Howie Dickenman (Central Connecticut)

Coach D, a mentor and friend to so many, bleeds CCSU blue. The former Blue Devil hoops star returned to his alma mater as the head men’s basketball coach in 1996 and proceeded to win four NEC Coach of the Year awards while thrice taking CCSU to the Big Dance.

 

VIDEO VAULT

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)

 

TWEET SHEET