Five men took their first snaps as a NEC starting signal caller this week and all five accounted for multiple noteworthy plays.
Four of the five quarterbacks are transfers from Division I FBS members and were not on their current teams’ rosters last year. Sacred Heart senior Kevin Duke is the lone member of the group to have already appeared in a NEC game.
Here’s how the five first-year starters fared in the 2017 season debuts…
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.
Dillon Buechel has received plenty of recognition for his ability to throw a football, but Duquesne’s senior signal caller deserves a little love for his fashion sense, too.
Buechel appeared at #NECFB Social Media Day (back on July 21) wearing a light, slim-fitting two-piece suit that most definitely turned some heads during his walk up the red carpet and into the MetLife Stadium Coaches’ Club.
Arguably the best-dressed quarterback in the FCS, Buechel wasn’t the lone NEC athlete to show some style.
Bryant defensive back Chuckie Wingate went with the three-piece suit and wore it well.
As a group, Duquesne received social media attention for the neckties worn by Buechel and Christian Kuntz.
The Duquesne guys have the skinny tie swag on lock #NECFB
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…