🏈 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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