Dickson, Covitz earn top NEC honors

Somerset, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Saint Francis running back Khairi Dickson
and Bryant defensive end Jeff Covitz were named the Northeast Conference’s
offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively, on Wednesday.

Dickson is a finalist for the Walter Payton Award which honors the outstanding
player in the FCS. Covitz is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award which
honors the nation’s outstanding defensive player.

Sacred Heart’s Mark Nofri was named the NEC’s coach of the year for a second
straight season. His squad earned a share of the conference title with Wagner
as well as the NEC’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs for a second conseuctive

The rookies of the year were Saint Francis running back Marcus Bagley (offense)
and Duquesne linebacker Nathan Stone (defense).



QB – RJ Noel, Sacred Heart, So.

RB – Rob Hollomon, Central Connecticut, Sr.

RB – Khairi Dickson, Saint Francis, Jr.

WR – Tyler Dube, Sacred Heart, Sr.

WR – Chris King, Duquesne, Jr.

WR – Chad Ward, Bryant, Jr.

TE/HB – Bryant Watts, Wagner, Sr.

OL – David Fredrickson, Wagner, Sr.

OL – Colin Gdula, Saint Francis, Sr.

OL – Jaime Martinez, Sacred Heart, Sr.

OL – Abe M’Bodj, Bryant, Jr.

OL – George Smith, Bryant, So.


DL – Jeff Covitz, Bryant, Sr.

DL – Al Page, Wagner, Sr.

DL – Troy Moore, Sacred Heart, Sr.

DL – Zach Zidian, Duquesne, Jr.

LB – Bishop Neal, Saint Francis, Sr.

LB – James Rentz, Sacred Heart, So.

LB – Nathan Stone, Duquesne, Fr.

LB – Max Wassel, Wagner, Sr.

DB – Chris Abner, Central Connecticut, Sr.

DB – Jarrett Dieudonne, Wagner, Sr.

DB – Gordon Hill, Sacred Heart, Sr.

DB – Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis, So.


PK – Lance Geesey, Saint Francis, So.

P – Zach Drayer, Saint Francis, So.

RS – Devin Rahming, Duquesne, Sr.