NEC Has STATS All-Americans on Offense, Defense and Special Teams

A trio of Northeast Conference athletes earned spots on the 2017 STATS FCS All-America Third Team.

Duquesne offensive guard Ben Huss earned an All-America nod from STATS for the second year in a row. The four-time all-NEC lineman started all 11 games in 2017, running his career total to 44 starts. He was the leader up front for an offense that produced a league-high 6.1 yards per play. Huss also received All-America honors from the Associated Press, earning a place on the AP’s Second Team Offense.

Saint Francis senior cornerback Malik Duncan and Bryant sophomore kick returner Jean Constant are first-time STATS All-Americans. The former was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award after making 11 starts for the nation’s second-ranked defense in terms of pass efficiency rating. Constant, who ranked second overall amongst FCS all-purpose yards leaders, averaged 27.5 yards per kickoff return – the highest mark in the nation amongst players with at least 25 return attempts.

MOUNT TOPS AGAIN! #NECSAAC 🥫 Drive 👑 Stays in Emmitsburg

Mount St. Mary’s edged out Saint Francis U for first place in the third annual Northeast Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Canned Food Drive competition.

Topping the charts for second year in a row, the Mount collected a 2,548 non-perishable food items. SFU totaled 2,502 units, the second-highest number in the three-year history of the food drive.


#NECSAAC Canned Food Drive Champions

2017 – Mount St. Mary’s

2016 – Mount St. Mary’s

2015 – Saint Francis U

NEC Debuts ‘The Journey’

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”

Linebacker and Offensive Guard Represent #NECFB in AP All-America Arena

Two all-Northeast Conference football players received All-America plaudits from the Associated Press.

Duquesne senior guard Ben Huss, who has been a mainstay up front for what’s perennially been one of the league’s most high-powered offenses, earned a spot on the AP All-America Second Team.

Bryant junior linebacker Tom Costigan, the 2017 NEC Defensive Player of the Year, garnered Third Team All-America honors from the AP.

Neither athlete had received All-America honors from the AP prior to this season, but Huss was named a STATS FCS Third Team All-American as a junior in 2016.

Huss makes its three straight seasons during which a Duquesne Duke has made an AP All-America Team. Linebacker Christian Kuntz, a two-time NEC Defensive Player of the Year, earned second team status in both 2015 and 2016.

Costigan is the first Bryant Bulldog to snag an AP All-America selection since 2014 when lineman Jeff Covitz, the program’s all-time sacks leader, earned a spot on the Third Team Defense.


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NEC Associated Press FCS All-Americans Since 2010…

DB Lorenzo Jerome SFU 1st Team
WR Kamron Lewis SFU 2nd Team
LB Christian Kuntz DUQ 2nd Team

LB Christian Kuntz DUQ 2nd Team

DB Jarrett Dieudonne WAG 2nd Team
DL Jeff Covitz BRY 3rd Team

RB Kyle Harbridge SFU 3rd Team
DB JD Roussel SHU 3rd Team

WR Jordan Harris BRY 2nd Team

DB Serge Kona DUQ 3rd Team

TE Shadrae King RMU 1st Team
OL Corey Konycki RMU 2nd Team

Postseason #NECFB Awards Announced on Thanksgiving Eve 🏈🦃

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…

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