Brown, Kona headline All-NEC

Bryant University junior running back Jordan Brown was named the Northeast Conference's offensive player of the year on Wednesday.

Brown is a finalist for the 2011 Walter Payton Award, which is presented by The Sports Network, sponsored by Fathead.com and bestowed on the outstanding player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Duquesne junior safety Serge Kona was named the NEC's defensive player of the year.

Rookie of the year honors went to Monmouth wide receiver Neal Sterling (offensive) and Albany linebacker Kyle Jordan UAlbany (defensive).

Albany's Bob Ford claimed the coach of the year award.

2011 All-NEC Football First Team

OFFENSE

Position, Name, School, Year, Height, Weight, Hometown/Previous School

QB- Dan DiLella, Albany, Sr., 6-5, 225, Neshanic Station, NJ/Somerville

RB- Jordan Brown, Bryant, Jr., 5-9, 185, Glastobury, CT/Glastonbury

RB- Larry McCoy, Duquesne, Jr., 5-11, 215, Wytheville, VA/George Wythe

WR- Connor Dixon, Duquesne, Gr., 6-5, 206, South Park, PA/South Park

WR- Jordan Harris, Bryant, So., 6-2, 200, Lincoln University, PA/Avon Grove

TE- Matt Tracey, Bryant, Sr., 6-5, 240, Littleton, CO/Heritage

OL- Brendan Brackett, Central Connecticut, Sr., 6-4, 285, Brooklyn, CT/Griswold

OL- Ron Dunn, Duquesne, Sr., 6-6, 297, Abington, MA/Milford Academy

OL- Tony Edwards, Bryant, Sr., 6-0, 260, Damascus, MD/Damascus

OL- Brad Rodgers, Robert Morris, Sr., 6-2, 305, Irwin, PA/Norwin

OL- Kadeem Williams, Albany, So., 6-7, 300, Jersey City, NJ/Hudson Catholic

Defense

Position, Name, School, Year, Height, Weight, Hometown/Previous School

DL- Eddie Delaney, Albany, Sr., 6-6, 245, Holtsville, NY/Sachem East

DL- Ian Simon, Monmouth, Sr., 6-2, 240, West Windsor, NJ/Howard

DL- Charles Williams, Central Connecticut, Sr., 6-2, 235, Greenwich, CT/Greenwich

DL- Nolan Nearhoof, Robert Morris, Jr., 6-2, 280, Gibsonia, PA/Mars Area

LB- Chris Mandas, Sacred Heart, Sr., 5-10, 215, Mission Viejo, CA/Trabuco Hills

LB- Jon Morgan, Albany, Jr., 6-2, 225, Copiague, NY/Copiague

LB- Julian Stanford, Wagner, Sr., 6-2, 215, Bloomfield, CT/Bloomfield

DB- Aaron Fitzpatrick, Duquesne, Sr., 6-1, 193, Erie, PA/McDowell

DB- Jose Gumbs, Monmouth, Sr., 5-11, 205, Brooklyn, NY/Hebron Academy

DB- Serge Kona, Duquesne, Jr., 5-11, 225, Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg

DB- Jared Williams, Duquesne, Jr., 5-9, 193, Pittsburgh, PA/Temple

Special Teams

Position, Name, School, Year, Height, Weight, Hometown/Previous School

K- Chris Rogers, Sacred Heart, R-Fr., 5-10, 160, Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia

P- Paul Layton, Albany, So., 6-1, 190, Burnt Hills, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake

RS- Jordan Brown, Bryant, Jr., 5-9, 185, Glastobury, CT/Glastonbury