Their offense features the third-leading passer in NEC history, but the Dukes’ latest performance proves they’re much more than one-dimensional.
One week after scoring three touchdowns in a convincing win over Patriot League member Bucknell, freshman AJ Hines erupted for 189 yards rushing and two scores in a win over regional rival Dayton. The rookie running back accounted for the highest single-game rushing output by a DU freshman since Larry McCoy (the program’s all-time rushing leader) logged 195 yards at Nicholls State on Sept. 12, 2009.
As a result, Hines, who scored on touchdown runs of 10 and 37 yards, snared the STATS Inc FCS Freshman Player of the Week award.
FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
The defending Northeast Conference champion Dukes had a hole to fill at running back and they’ve filled it with a true freshman. Hines was a workhorse in their 34-20 win over Dayton, which avenged a loss from last season. He carried the ball 29 times for 189 yards – the most by a Dukes freshman in seven years – and two touchdowns. Adept at picking up yards in bunches, he scored on a 10-yard run in the second quarter and a 37-yard run in the fourth quarter, giving him five touchdowns on the young season. He’s been named NEC rookie of the week in two of the season’s first three weeks. – STATS Inc
STATS, which also issues weekly awards on offense, defense and special teams, lauded two more NEC players with a Week 3 Honorable Mention. Duquesne’s Christian Kuntz was a top candidate for the Defensive Player of the Week honor after leading Duquesne’s dominant effort with 6.0 tackles for loss. Saint Francis’ Marcus Bagley, who ran for a Division I FCS single-game season high 220 yards at Columbia, was one of seven offensive players to receive an Honorable Mention. Read more here.
Watch Hines Find the End Zone vs. Dayton…