It was a nearly a 10-month wait, but former all-NEC safety Lorenzo Jerome has a second opportunity in the National Football League.
The Saint Francis U alumnus, who earned All-America honors as a defensive back and kick returner at different points during his collegiate career, has signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks.
Jerome, who went undrafted despite excelling in two pre-draft All-Star Games, originally inked a rookie deal with the San Francisco 49ers during Spring 2017. He proceeded to earn a spot on the team’s opening day 53-man roster and appear in four games before being released following Week 5 of the regular season.
He subsequently participated in workouts with a number of NFL teams, but remained unsigned until the Seahawks officially added him to their 90-man training camp roster on July 30.
Jerome was the first-ever defensive back in Northeast Conference history to earn four consecutive all-NEC first team honors.
After making 18 career interceptions for Saint Francis, Jerome picked off two passes en-route to winning the MVP award at the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. One week later, he caused three turnovers in the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
The defense reached a championship level during the 2018 NEC Baseball Tournament.
Here’s a look at some of the top moments in the field…
Two title games, two fantastic finishes, all on the same day.
Overtime was needed to determine a winner in both games.
First, top-seeded Saint Joseph’s erased a two-goal over the final 5:00 of regulation play in the NEC Men’s Lacrosse Championship Game. SJU’s Kyle Cain scored both goals, including the equalizer with 00:15 remaining, but those heroics will go down in history only as a footnote.
Overshadowing the host’s comeback effort, Tyson Gibson gave Robert Morris a sudden victory by rattling the cage with only 10 ticks left in overtime.
The NEC Women’s Championship Game, which began one hour after the men’s start, concluded in most-memorable fashion, too.
Bryant’s Lauren Britton scored the go-ahead goal with only 1:00 remaining, but NEC Rookie of the Year Ally Alliegro responded for Wagner.
After producing the equalizer in the final minute of regulation, Alliegro ended the game in the third overtime period.
Alliegro Ends It
Megan Smith (22) played the role of hero vs. SFU
The highly-anticipated Keystone State Clash lived up to its billing.
It was looking as if the headlines would be about a Jess Kovatch-led road win over the defending champions, but there were still 3:12 remaining.
Becoming the first NEC athlete to eclipse the 40-point mark this season, Kovatch buried a triple to run her single-game total to 42 points while bumping the Saint Francis U’s lead to 60-54.
Then, the Robert Morris defense, which leads the league in two major categories, clamped down. The Colonials allowed only an Ace Harrison layup over the final 3:12 and found themselves facing a 62-60 deficit with time for one final possession.
As the seconds ticked away with RMU controlling the ball in the frontcourt, Nina Augustin found senior Megan Smith who buried a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
The dramatic 63-62 victory was the Colonials fifth win in a row and the team’s 10th in its last 11 outings.
The defending champions now stand alone atop the NEC standings at 5-0 with SFU (4-1) sitting 1.0 game back in second place.
These two rivals will meet again in Loretto on February 3 in what will be the featured #NECWBB Game of the Week on ESPN3. They have split the regular season series each of the past four years.
Watch the Game-winner…
With the calendar year winding down and the conference hoops schedule on the horizon, the Northeast Conference unveiled its annual video promotional spot.
The :60 spot, which highlights the numerous successful traits of NEC student-athletes, can be seen by visiting the NECsports page on numerous social media platforms. The ad will also play during live NEC Front Row webcasts and will air during the league’s national basketball telecasts.
WATCH “The Journey”