Kuntz Named NEC co-Defensive Player of the Week

Nov. 4, 2013

PITTSBURGH - Sophomore linebacker Christian Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) was named Northeast Conference co-Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Duquesne's 21-10 win over Saint Francis on Saturday.

Kuntz had 6 tackles including 3.0 tackles for losses of 10 yards as the Dukes held the Red Flash to 131 yards to stay atop the conference standings. The Pittsburgh native set the tone for the defense with a deflected pass that was intercepted by Sam Martello on the third play of the game. The Dukes turned the play into a quick score to take a 7-0 lead.

Kuntz also ended Saint Francis' final possession with a fumble-forcing sack. His 14.0 tackles for loss this season lead the team, and his 1.75 TFLs per game rank fifth nationally.

Duquesne (5-3, 3-1), takes a half-game NEC lead to Fairfield, Conn. for a match up with Sacred Heart (8-2, 2-2) on Saturday. The game, set for a 12:00 p.m. kickoff, will be available nationally on ESPN3.


NEC Defensive Co-Player of the Week
Christian Kuntz, DUQUESNE
So., LB, 6-2, 210 lbs., Pittsburgh, PA/Chartiers Valley
Kuntz spearheaded the defensive effort that bottled up Walter Payton Award candidate Kyle Harbridge and held Saint Francis to only 131 yards of total offense. The sophomore linebacker made 3.0 tackles for loss and had a hand in two takeaways. Kuntz was a key reason why the Dukes held Harbridge, who entered the game as the FCS national leader in rushing average, to his lowest single-game output (41 rush yds) of the season. He stopped Harbridge on three occasions during the contest, limiting him to a total of -2 yards on those plays. Kuntz, who finished with six tackles, tipped a pass that was intercepted on Saint Francis' first possession of the game. The turnover set Duquesne's offense up at the SFU 24-yard line and the Dukes found paydirt three plays later. Kuntz produced a strip sack on Saint Francis' last possession of the day.




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