College Sports Journal announces their 2018 Fearless Prediction for the Order of finish of the Northeastern Conference.
Last year, Central Connecticut State won the NEC championship and qualified for their first-ever FCS Playoff appearance, and in 2018 CSJ picks them to repeat as conference champions.
Central’s offense, which is slated to return eight starters, had four players named to the Preseason All-NEC Team. Leading the returnees was senior QB Jacob Dolegala. A three-year starter, Dolegala became the program’s all-time leading passer last season. In 33 career games, he has thrown for 5,908 yards and 32 touchdowns. He was also named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 13 after figuring in all four touchdowns of CCSU’s win at Duquesne to clinch the league title.
For information and details on each school’s prospects for 2018, click on the links below.
Offense QB Jacob Dolegala Central Connecticut Sr. 6-6 235 Hamburg, NY/Milford Academy RB Ryan Fulse Wagner Sr. 5-11 195 Fort Meade, FL/Monroe College RB AJ Hines Duquesne Jr. 5-11 225 Wilson, NC/Fike WR Nehari Crawford Duquesne Sr. 5-11 170 Fort Pierce, FL/Fort Pierce Central WR Kamron Lewis Saint Francis Sr. 6-4 195 Fresno, CA/Edison WR Tom Kennedy Bryant Sr. 5-11 190 Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale TE/HB Arthur Gilmore Central Connecticut Jr. 6-4 235 North Plainfield, NJ/North Plainfield OL J’Von Brown Central Connecticut Jr. 6-3 350 Norwich, CT/Norwich Free Academy OL Alex Conley Duquesne Sr. 6-4 305 Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit OL Mederick Flavius Saint Francis Sr. 6-4 300 Lauderhill, FL/Northeast OL Matt Fitzpatrick Duquesne Sr. 6-3 300 Pennsauken, NJ/Bishop Eustace OL Connor Mignone Central Connecticut So. 6-4 305 Redding, CT/Joel Barlow
Defense DL Amir Fenwick Robert Morris Sr. 6-1 270 Clinton, MD/Frederick Douglass DL Dillon Guthro Bryant Sr. 6-3 247 Newburyport, MA/Newburyport DL Kevin Lazo Bryant Sr. 6-1 280 Pembroke Pines, FL/West Broward DL Chris Tinkham Central Connecticut Sr. 6-2 280 Lynn, MA/East Coast Prep LB Thomas Costigan Bryant Sr. 6-3 230 Stamford, CT/Trinity Catholic LB Quintin Hampton Wagner Sr. 6-0 235 Moultrie, GA/Central Florida LB Kenneth Keen Central Connecticut Sr. 6-1 235 Norwalk, CT/Brien McMahon LB Adam Wollet Robert Morris Sr. 6-0 220 Poland, OH/Poland Seminary DB Jonathant Istache Duquesne Sr. 5-10 180 Belle Glade, FL/Glades Central DB Tajik Bagley Central Connecticut Jr. 5-11 190 Ansonia, CT/Ansonia DB Hakeem Kinard Saint Francis Sr. 5-10 195 York, PA/York Catholic DB Nick Rinella Saint Francis Jr. 5-9 190 Collegeville, PA/La Salle
Special Teams K Gavin Rowley Bryant Jr. 6-3 194 Hampstead, MD/Loyola Blakefield P Andrew Zecca Saint Francis Sr. 6-2 190 Berkeley Heights, NJ/Governor Livingston RS Jean Constant Bryant Sr. 5-9 168 Delray Beach, FL/Village Academy