UAlbany and Bryant Student-Athletes Comprise More Than Half of Preseason All-NEC Team

 Bryant RB Jordan Brown

Staff Report

College Sports Journal


SOMERSET, NJ – Defending champion UAlbany and Bryant each placed a league-high six players on the 25-member 2012 Preseason All-Northeast Conference Football Team, the composition of which the NEC announced on Thursday morning via both Twitter and a media teleconference.

Duquesne, which shared the 2011 title with UAlbany but lost the head-to-head matchup, also enjoyed a strong presence on the Preseason All-NEC Team. The Dukes’ three selections mean that the top-three teams (UAlbany, Duquesne, Bryant) in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll accounted for 60 percent of the spots on the team.

Bryant running back Jordan Brown (Glastonbury, CT/Glastonbury), the reigning NEC Offensive Player of the Year, was the only player to earn multiple preseason all-NEC selection. He led all of NCAA FCS in rushing (1,815 yards) last year and earned honors at both running back and return specialist.

The 2011 NEC Defensive Player of the Year is also back for another season and finds himself on the Preseason All-NEC Team.  Duquesne senior safety Serge Kona (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) was a key force on the conference’s top-ranked pass defense (139.3 ypg allowed) last season.  Like Brown, he has also been named a Preseason All-American by numerous publications.


Pos Name            School        Yr   Ht    Wt     Hometown/Previous School           

QB  Sean Patterson  Duquesne      Sr.   6-2   210    Toledo, OH/St. John’s Jesuit
RB  Jordan Brown    Bryant        Sr.   5-9   185    Glastobury, CT/Glastonbury
RB  Larry McCoy     Duquesne      Sr.   5-11  215    Wytheville, VA/George Wythe
WR  Jordan Harris   Bryant        Jr.   6-2   200    Lincoln University, PA/Avon Grove
WR  Ryan Kirchner   UAlbany       Sr.   6-1   180    Rumson, NJ/RFH
TE  Tyler George    Monmouth      Sr.   6-5   245    Berkeley Heights, NJ/Gov. Livingston
OL  Steve Ciocci    Wagner        Sr.   6-4   290    Royersford, PA/Spring-Ford
OL  Justin Martel   Sacred Heart  Sr.   6-4   305    Manchester, NH/Manchester Central
OL  Mike Murphy     Monmouth      Sr.   6-4   300    Toms River, NJ/TR East
OL  Chris Willadsen Bryant        Sr.   6-6   265    South Windsor, CT/Canterbury
OL  Kadeem Williams UAlbany       Jr.   6-7   300    Jersey City, NJ/Hudson Catholic


Pos Name           School        Yr    Ht    Wt     Hometown/Previous School           
DL  Tyler Foehr    Sacred Heart  Sr.   6-3   225    Florence, NJ/Florence
DL  Jordan Kelly   Bryant        Sr.   6-4   240    Canton, MA/Xaverian Brothers
DL  Eric Macik     Monmouth      So.   6-2   250    Landisville, PA/Hempfield
DL  Nolan Nearhoof Robert Morris Sr.   6-2   265    Allison Park, PA/North Allegheny
LB  Lorenzo Baker  CCSU          Sr.   5-10  210    Middletown, CT/Middletown
LB  Kyle Jordan    UAlbany       So.   6-2   200    Bernardsville, NJ/Immaculata
LB  Jon Morgan     UAlbany       Sr.   6-2   225    Copiague, NY/Copiague
DB  Serge Kona     Duquesne      Jr.   5-10  215    Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg
DB  Cam Chadwick   Robert Morris Sr.   6-1   215    Vista, CA/College of Canyons
DB  Leon Saddler   UAlbany       Sr.   5-10  170    Syracuse, NY/Christian Brothers Academy
DB  Jeremy Woodson Bryant        Jr.   5-7   150    Houston, TX/Hightower

Special Teams

Pos Name           School        Yr   Ht    Wt     Hometown/Previous School                  
K   Chris Rogers   Sacred Heart  So.  5-10  160    Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia
P   Paul Layton    UAlbany       Jr.  6-1   190    Burnt Hills, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
R   Jordan Brown   Bryant        Sr.  5-9   185    Glastonbury, CT/Glastonbury