Eight Dukes Named All-Northeast Conference
Nov. 21, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Eight Duquesne players were named All-Northeast Conference in a vote of league coaches released today. The Dukes tied conference champion Wagner for second-most all-conference picks. Albany, which tied Wagner with a 7-1 league record but lost its head-to-head matchup with the Seahawks, had an NEC-high nine honorees.
Senior safety Serge Kona (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg), junior linebacker Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway/Ohio State) and junior receiver Gianni Carter (Eugene, Ore./Marist/Montana State) were named first team.
Five seniors - quarterback Sean Patterson (Toledo, Ohio/St. Johns' Jesuit), running back Larry McCoy (Wytheville, Va./George Wythe), offensive lineman Eric Warning (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway), linebacker Horvin Latimer (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) and kicker Charlie Leventry (Johnstown, Pa./Richland) - were named to the second team.
Kona, the 2011 NEC Defensive Player of the Year, led the Dukes with three interceptions. He also had 70 tackles and three quarterback hurries from the strong safety spot. Kona, who earned Associated Press All-America honors last year, is the first two-time first team All-NEC player in school history.
Bell, who appeared in eight games, led the Dukes with 92 tackles (54 solo). His 11.5 tackles per game would have led the NEC and ranked tied for seventh nationally had he met the NCAA minimum requirement for games played (75 percent of a team's total). Bell also led the Dukes with 12.0 tackles for loss including a team-best 6.5 sacks. His three fumbles forced also would have tied for third in the NEC.
Carter, a first-year transfer from Montana State, led the Dukes with 57 catches for 865 yards and 7 touchdowns. His 78.6 yards per game ranked second and his 5.18 catches per game ranked third in the NEC.
This is the second consecutive second team All-NEC honor for Patterson, who completed 198-of-341 passes for 2,359 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Ohio native ranked second in the NEC in total offense with 234.1 yards per game. His 17 TD passes tied for second-most in the conference.
McCoy, who finished his career as the second-leading rusher in NEC history with 4,549 yards, was the conference's second-leading rusher at 107.0 yards per game. McCoy was a first team All-NEC pick last year.
Clearing the way for McCoy and protecting Patterson was the job of Warning, a three-year starter at left guard. The Monroeville, Pa. native finished tied with Patterson for most consecutive starts among offensive players with 33.
Latimer posted five double-digit tackle games from his inside linebacker spot on his way to finishing with 91 stops. His 8.3 tackles per game average ranked third in the NEC.
Leventry set Duquesne single-season records for field goals (15) and points by a kicker (78). His 1.36 field goals per game average led the NEC and ranks tied for ninth nationally. Leventry put an exclamation mark on his season by tying his own school record with a 51-yard field goal in the season finale at Wagner. Leventry, who also handled DU's punting duties, was a second team All-NEC punter last season.
Duquesne finished tied for sixth in the NEC with a 3-5 record (5-6 overall).
The Dukes will return 14 starters - seven on offense and seven on defense - in 2013.