#NECinNFL Update (2018 Rookie Camp Edition)

They just want an opportunity and a number of fortunate NEC football alumni are getting one this spring.

Six athletes with all-NEC credentials have accepted invitations to attend NFL Rookie Camps on a tryout basis.

They are as follows:

Malik Duncan, Saint Francis DB (Steelers)

Delondo Boyd, Saint Francis DB (Bears)

Ben Huss, Duquesne OG (Jaguars)

Matt Sewall, Bryant WR/KR (Texans)

Andy Smigiera, Robert Morris DB (Seahawks/Cardinals)

Randall Laguerre, Central Connecticut LB (Eagles)

Amongst the aforementioned six men, Huss and Duncan earned STATS FCS All-America honors this past winter. Huss competed in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January.

 

Meanwhile, Wagner two starting offensive tackles from the 2017 season will compete in NFL camps after signing rookie contracts. After being selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by Baltimore, Greg Senat inked a deal with the Ravens prior to the start of their mini camp. Meanwhile, all-NEC tackle Matt Diaz was one of 22 players to sign UDFA contracts with the Tennessee Titans.

 

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Greg Senat: Hoops ➡️ Gridiron ➡️ NFL Draft Pick

A former college basketball player became the first Northeast Conference athlete selected in the NFL Draft in nearly a decade.

Wagner offensive tackle Greg Senat, who originally attended the school on a basketball scholarship, went to the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Prior to Senat being selected with the No. 212 overall pick this spring, former Monmouth tight end, a four-time all-NEC honoree, was the conference’s last draft pick. Nalbone went to the Dolphins with the 161st pick in the 2009 NFL Draft (5th Round).

Although Senat is the first NFL Draft pick in Wagner’s NEC history, the Seahawks have had a presence in the NFL in recent years. Former all-NEC linebacker Julian Stanford has played in 59 NFL games since 2012 and the veteran signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills this past offseason.

 

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#NECFB Places Four on All-New England Team

Four Northeast Conference players found themselves listed amongst the best in New England for the 2014 season.

SHU safety Gordon Hill totaled 26 tackles during the Pioneers' two wins over top-25 teams.

SHU safety Gordon Hill totaled 26 tackles during the Pioneers’ two wins over top-25 teams.

The New England Football Writers Association recently unveiled its regional all-star team, which included Bryant’s Jeff Covitz, Sacred Heart’s Troy Moore, Central Connecticut’s Rob Hollomon and Sacred Heart’s Gordon Hill.

Covitz has become a staple on the All-New England Team in recent years. The 2014 NEC Defensive Player of the Year earned his third consecutive selection to the all-star team. The 6-foot-2 defensive end wrapped up his career with an NEC-record 29.5 sacks and a program-record 66.0 tackles for a loss. Covitz, who played in 45 career games, became the first player in Bryant history to be named to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List.

Hill made his first appearance on the All-New England Team following a sensational senior season. The SHU safety made a team-high 104 tackles and was a key component on a defense that ranked amongst the nation’s top-10 leaders in both yards and points allowed. In 12 games, he logged 14.5 tackles for a loss (a league-high mark amongst NEC DBs), 6.0 sacks and two interceptions. He was the team’s top tackler in each of its three contests against top-25 opponents.

Moore, the 2013 NEC Defensive Player of the Year, played at the front end of SHU’s nationally-ranked defense. The senior tackle consistently drew double, and sometimes triple, teams from opponents and finished the season with 64 stops.

Hollomon earned on of the three running back slots on the All-New England Team after completing a stellar career at CCSU. The Philadelphia product became the first Blue Devils ever to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark in three consecutive seasons. He ran for 1,116 yards on 228 attempts in 2014 and accumulated 1,828 all-purpose yards while playing in 11 games. During the season he became CCSU’s all-time leader in career rushing yards and finished with a career total of 3,672 yards.