NFL Preseason Update on #NECFB Alumni (Mid-August)

SeattleTimes.com: Seattle safety Lorenzo Jerome (40) practices at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. Friday, August 3, 2018.

 

Six Northeast Conference alumni are battling in NFL training camps across the country.

All six men participated in Preseason Week 1 games.

With the help of Twitter, we have provided updates below…

 

JULIAN STANFORD (WAG), Buffalo Bills

Hoping to make a NFL 53-man roster for a sixth season, Stanford was signed to a free agent contract this past offseason. He’s had a role on all of Buffalo’s special teams units and also saw time at linebacker during the preseason opener against Carolina.

With the Bills preparing for their second preseason game against Cleveland, Stanford turned some heads by picking off Nate Peterman in practice.

 

 

MATT DIAZ (WAG), Tennessee Titans

The all-NEC left tackle signed an UDFA contract with the Titans in May. He saw time protecting the quarterback’s blindside in Tennessee’s first preseason contest. Wearing No. 75, he helped pave the way for a fourth-quarter touchdown.

 

LARSON GRAHAM (DUQ), Pittsburgh Steelers

Follow his senior season (2016) at Duquesne, the all-NEC offensive tackle signed with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent. The Falcons released Graham prior to the start of the 2017 NFL regular season. This past spring, Graham finally landed on his feet with the Steelers. The former tackle initially slid over to guard before earning practice snaps at center, too.

 

 

GREG SENAT (WAG), Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens’ 6th Round draft pick missed the Hall of Fame Game due to injury, but returned to practice in time for Baltimore’s second preseason tilt. He saw plenty of first-half reps at left tackle during a 33-7 win over the Rams.

 

LORENZO JEROME (SFU), Seattle Seahawks

The four-time all-NEC first team safety dazzled at two major pre-draft All-Star Games in 2017 before signed an UDFA deal with San Francisco. He made the opening day 53-man roster and played in four games, but was released in Week 5. Earlier this summer, Jerome received an opportunity from Seattle and has impressed during his short time there.

 

MARCELIS BRANCH (RMU), Atlanta Falcons

After closing out his Robert Morris career in 2016, Branch signed with Atlanta after not being selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. He spent the entirety of his rookie season on the Falcons’ practice squad and has been taking reps as a third-string safety during 2018 training camp.

 

CREME OF THE CONFERENCE: Provident Bank Salutes NEC Student-Athletes of the Year

The conclusion of the academic year signals a salute to those special individuals who left more than a mark on the Northeast Conference over the past 10 months.

Presented by Provident Bank, the NEC is proud to recognize the finalists for its Student-Athlete of the Year awards. The pools of ten men and ten women finalists will produce the two conference-wide winners.

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The Anatomy of a Shooter: Breaking Down Karvel Anderson’s Big Week

karvel_andersonYou knew another one of these nights was inevitable, but you didn’t know exactly when the heat check would arrive.

Well that night was last Thursday and unfortunately for host Sacred Heart, the Pioneers happened to be the opponent when Robert Morris senior guard Karvel Anderson (Elkhart, IN/Elkhart Memorial (Glen Oaks CC)) had one of those “can’t miss” type of games.

How hot was the Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week?

The Elkhart, IN native hit shots from every conceivable spot on the floor, making 15 of his 19 attempts, including 6-7 from three-point range for a career-high 36 points in a 79-70 win.

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