The first two Red Flash to accomplish the feat were All-American honorees.
Andrew Zecca doesn’t own those lofty credentials, but there is no denying that the junior punter has been a factor in Saint Francis’ success this season.
Following an overly-efficient punting performance in a 13-7 road win over nationally-ranked Liberty, Zecca became the third Saint Francis athlete ever to earn the STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week award. The other two recipients were SFU alumni Lorenzo Jerome and Lance Geesey.
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.
A special season calls for a special logo and the Northeast Conference has one for the 20th anniversary of its football sponsorship.
Set to kick off its 20th season on the gridiron this September, the NEC unveiled a special mark that will appear on the league’s printed and digital publications throughout the year.
The logo is part of the conference’s 20th anniversary celebration which will continue throughout the summer.
Prior to kicking off the 2015 campaign, the NEC will host a Social Media Day at MetLife Stadium on July 23. The event will feature head coaches and current student-athletes from all seven members as well as select NEC alumni. Fans will be able to watch the day unfold live on ESPN3 beginning at 11:00 am ET.
The NEC will also name a 20th Anniversary Team that will honor the top performers who have come through the conference since 1996.
Seven members – Bryant, Central Connecticut, Duquesne, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis U and Wagner – will compete for the 2015 NEC football crown and the winner will recive an automatic berth into the NCAA Division I FCS playoff bracket.
June 29 – 20th anniversary logo unveiled
July 14 – #NECFB on ESPN3 schedule announcement show
July 23 — #NECFB Social Media Day at MetLife Stadium
September 4 – Week 1 kicks off
October 2 – NEC 20th Anniversary Team announcement
Robert Morris is first. No, the NEC Preseason Poll isn’t out yet, but the Colonials are first in terms of teams reporting to training camp.
The RMU gridders, who will be the first NEC team to kick off the 2013 season when they visit Eastern Kentucky on August 29, arrived in Moon today and checked in.
Tomorrow, head coach Joe Walton, the subject of today’s #TBT photo, will open the first practice of what will be his final year on the sidelines. The former New York Jets head coach and All-American tight end at Pitt has spent 20 years with the Colonials.
Joe Walton, pictured above wearing a baseball cap, is the only coach Robert Morris football has ever known. This photo of Walton and assistant coach Dan Radakovich was taken moments after the final gun sounded on the Colonials’ first-ever game, a 24-19 win at Waynesburg State.
The Sports Network released its list of preseason hopefuls for the Buck Buchanan Award, and all-NEC linebacker Dorian Bell found himself amongst the elite defensive players in Division I FCS.
Days after being named one of the NEC’s three preseason All-Americans by the Sports Network, Bell was one of 20 FCS players to make the Buchanan Award Watch List.
Bell’s selection gives the NEC two major contenders for the top individual honors in FCS. Earlier this week, Bryant senior wide receiver Jordan Harris was one of 20 names on the prestigious Walter Payton Award watch list.