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…

2016
DB Lorenzo Jerome SFU 1st Team
WR Kamron Lewis SFU 2nd Team
LB Christian Kuntz DUQ 2nd Team

2015
LB Christian Kuntz DUQ 2nd Team

2014
DB Jarrett Dieudonne WAG 2nd Team
DL Jeff Covitz BRY 3rd Team

2013
RB Kyle Harbridge SFU 3rd Team
DB JD Roussel SHU 3rd Team

2012
WR Jordan Harris BRY 2nd Team

2011
DB Serge Kona DUQ 3rd Team

2010
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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#NECFB 👑 Up For Grabs on The Bluff

The featured #NECFB Game of the Week on ESPN3 will determine the recipient of the league’s automatic FCS playoffs bid.

NEC Preseason favorite Duquesne (4-0) will host Central Connecticut (4-0), which has won six games in a row following an 0-3 start, for a 12:00 pm ET kickoff on November 11 at Rooney Field.

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🏈 Kickoff 2017 🏈 Reading List

NEC football is BACK for a 22nd season. All seven teams lift the lid of the 2017 campaign with games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.

Plenty was written about #NECFB this summer and the word counts have increased with the arrival of GAME WEEK.

We have done all the work for you and constructed your End-of-the-Summer NEC Football Reading List.

 

GAME WEEK READS

Bryant begins new era under up-tempo Perry – Woonsocket Call (Branden Mello)

EXCERPT: A number of other Bryant leaders who were on 2014 team see some similarities, but they know how hard it will be for the squad to replicate that start.

 

Get to know Central Connecticut State, Syracuse football’s first opponent – Syracuse.com (Staff)

EXCERPT: SU head coach Dino Babers called opening against the Blue Devils a “very dangerous situation.” How much of that is truth and how much is coachspeak?

 

Duquesne Football Faces Stiff Test To Open Season On Thursday — CBS Pittsburgh (93-7 The Fan)

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.

 

Duquesne Dukes bringing FCS playoff contender to Brookings – Argus Leader (Matt Zimmer)

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.

 

Stetson to honor Blakely at season opener – YAHOO! Sports (STATS)

EXCERPT: Sacred Heart is planning to hold a moment of silence before the nonconference game.

 

Fenimore to start for Red Flash – WTAJ (Alex Cawley)

EXCERPT: Coach Chris Villarrial pointed to the Houston transfers’ progression in camp, as well as his ability to check out of plays at the line of scrimmage, as the reason for his decision.

 

Alex Thomson, Wagner College football team set for opener Thursday – Staten Island Advance (Advance Sports Desk)

EXCERPT: Last season was about recovery and rebuilding for Wagner College, which won one game in Jason Houghtaling’s first year as head coach in 2015.

 

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Some NEC Football Fodder as #Kickoff2016 Approaches

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PRESEASON #NECFB FACT SHEET

All seven NEC members placed at least one representative on the 2016 Preseason All-NEC Team. Duquesne and Saint Francis, the two teams who clashed in last year’s defacto NEC title game, garnered a league-high six selections apiece.

Matching the largest on-air package in conference history, ESPN3 will be the exclusive carrier of eight selected NEC football games.

Duquesne linebacker Christian Kuntz and Saint Francis kick returner Lorenzo Jerome earned spot on the Athlon Sports 2016 Preseason FCS All-America Team.

The NEC’s all-time career passing record (8,803 yards) is within reach for a pair of senior quarterbacks – Duquesne’s Dillon Buechel (7,455) and Sacred Heart’s RJ Noel (7,111).

Saint Francis kicker Lance Geesey (45) needs to make two more field goals to become the conference’s all-time FGM leader. Duquesne’s Austin Crimmins (44), who is only one make off the pace, is a threat to leapfrog Geesey.

Wagner will face a FBS opponent for the fifth consecutive season. The Seahawks visit ACC member Boston College (Sept. 24) and FBS Independent Massachusetts (Oct. 29), making a pair of appearances against teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision for the second consecutive season. Wagner visited Rice and BYU during the 2015 campaign.

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