The Northeast Conference gave football fans something other than turkey to dissect at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
The league unveiled its two All-NEC Teams and anointed five major individual award winners via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
Duquesne saw one of its one etch his name onto the NEC Offensive Player of the Year award for the first time ever. NEC champion Central Connecticut produced the first non-skill position winner of the NEC Offensive Rookie of the Year award while Pete Rossomando became the Blue Devils’ third recipient of the Coach of the Year honor.
Duquesne (12) and Central Connecticut (11) produced the highest number of all-NEC honorees. The former placed a league-high eight on the First Team. All seven NEC teams earned multiple all-conference selections.
Here are the selections that will make for some fun fodder during your holiday celebration…
MAJOR AWARD WINNERS
The Northeast Conference ceremoniously tipped off a new basketball season with its sixth annual #NECinNYC Social Media Day celebration at Barclays Center. Both the men’s and women’s preseason poll results were unveiled at the event.
Saint Francis U topped both preseason polls while placing two men and two women on the five-member Preseason All-NEC Teams.
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Every men’s and women’s team will ceremoniously tip off the 2017-18 Northeast Conference basketball season at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 25.
Each of the 20 men’s and women’s programs will send their head coach and a featured student-athlete to the event, which can be seen live at NECFrontRow.com beginning at 11:00 am ET on Wednesday.
Check out the special guests for the sixth annual #NECinNYC Social Media Day…
The two teams that shared the 2016 Northeast Conference football crown were the top-two vote getters in the league’s preseason predicted order-of-finish.
Duquesne earned the No. 1 Preseason Ranking for the second straight summer, while Saint Francis U, which earned the NEC’s automatic FCS Playoffs bid last fall, was the runner-up in the poll of the conference’s head coaches.
The following 14 student-athletes will join the #NECFB Social Media Day festivities at MetLife Stadium on July 20.
These select athletes will be available for questioning from the traditional media members in attendance and all 14 men will also appear during the live on-air program carried by NEC Front Row and ESPN3.
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.
Only one man and one woman can hold the NEC Student-Athlete of the Year title.
Check out the groups of 2016-17 finalists below…
MEN’S SAOTY FINALISTS
WOMEN’S SAOTY FINALISTS