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 season.

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

2014 ALL-NEC FOOTBALL

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

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.

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

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.

FIRST-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS

PK - Lance Geesey, Saint Francis, So.

P - Zach Drayer, Saint Francis, So.

RS - Devin Rahming, Duquesne, Sr.