EXCERPT: “It’s new for us to go up to that part of the country, but a couple years we opened against Old Dominion, they put 25-30,000 people in their seats and two years ago, we went up and playing Buffalo and actually were leading that game in the 4th quarter at one point in time,” said Schmitt.
EXCERPT: The Dukes are the first team to get a shot, and while they’ll be decided underdogs against the defending Missouri Valley Football Conference champions, they are not an early-season sacrificial lamb. This is an FCS team with some momentum of its own.
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.
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.
It was the biggest stage that Saint Francis had ever played on during its history as a Division I FCS program, but the moment wasn’t too big for the Red Flash’s All-American return man.
Senior Lorenzo Jerome, who was the 2015 national leader in kickoff return average, torched No. 13 Montana for 237 all-purpose yards. He logged 196 yards and one touchdown on four kickoff returns during the 41-31 season-opening setback that was played before a crowd of 26,002 in Missoula.
As a result, STATS Inc., the leader in FCS coverage, tabbed the SFU senior as its top special teamer of the week.
Jerome returned a kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter and it wasn’t even his longest return in the Northeast Conference team’s 41-31 loss at FCS power Montana. In the third quarter, the second-team STATS FCS All-America kickoff returner had an 86-yard return to the Montana 7, which set up a Red Flash touchdown and gave his team a 17-13 lead in the third quarter. He finished with 196 yards on four kick returns and had another 41 yards on two punt returns. He also terrorized Montana on defense, collecting 10 tackles (five solo), one tackle for loss, two interceptions and one pass breakup – STATS Inc.
See Two of Jerome’s Returns in this week’s #NECFB Super 7 Plays Countdown…
Don’t be satisfied with just competing. Have the crave to win every game, every rep and every second.
The #NECalumni Roundtable discussion at MetLife Stadium on July 23, 2015.
“Celebrating the past while focusing on the future” is a quick way to summarize the #NECFB Social Media Day event that transpired at MetLife Stadium on July 23.
It wouldn’t have been as much of a celebration, however, had a distinguished group of alumni failed to attend.
Fortunately, Nick Doscher (Wagner), Rashad Barksdale (Albany), Anthony Doria (Saint Francis), Myles Russ (Robert Morris), Gordon Hill (Sacred Heart) and John Tashjian (Bryant) were all present for the festivities at MetLife Stadium.
If you’re not sure why any of these men are important, then take a look at some of the biographical information that the Overtime! Blog staff has listed below.
Who are these guys?
RASHAD BARKSDALE – DB – Albany – 2006
– 2 INT vs. Joe Flacco in win at Delaware
– Eagles’ Sixth Round Draft Pick (2007)
– Made NFL debut for Chiefs (Oct. 7, 2007)
NICK DOSCHER – QB – Wagner — 2009-12
– KC Royals farmhand for 3+ seasons
– 2009 NEC Offensive Rookie of Year
– No INT vs. FCS in 2012
ANTHONY DORIA – QB – Saint Francis – 2003-06
– Current QB Coach at Duquesne
– 8,544 pass yards (2nd all-time in NEC)
– 61 TD passes (4th all-time in NEC)
MYLES RUSS – RB – Robert Morris – 2007-10
– Current RB coach at RMU
– 2010 NEC Offensive Player of Year
– 4,271 rush yards (6th all-time in NEC)
GORDON HILL – DB – Sacred Heart – 2011-14
– Two-time All-NEC First Team Safety
– 2014 Division I FCS All-American
– Signed by SD Chargers as UDFA
JOHN TASHJIAN – OL – Bryant – 2009
– Appeared in 33 games from 2007-09
– 11 starts as C/G during Bulldogs’ first NEC season
– Team had wins over WAG, RMU, DUQ, SFU
Four of the aforementioned men sat down with NEC play-by-play announcer Paul Dottino for a special alumni roundtable segment that can be viewed below…