SFU Punter Joins Elite Company Following Signature Win

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.

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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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The #NECFB 20th Anniversary Logo

A special season calls for a special logo and the Northeast Conference has one for the 20th anniversary of its football sponsorship.

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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.

 

 

#NECFB Timeline

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

Bell Rings Again: Duquesne Linebacker Pulls in Another Preseason Honor

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.