Nelson returned a second quarter kickoff 82 yards for a TD at CCSU on Saturday.
Nov. 21, 2016
- Duquesne running back A.J. Hines
added to his Northeast Conference record with his 10th Rookie of the Week honor for his performance in the Dukes' season-ending 52-19 win at CCSU. The win clinched a share of the 2016 conference championship for the Dukes.
Senior defensive back Xavier Nelson
was also honored as the NEC Special Teams Player of the Week, bringing DU's total to 17 weekly honors during the 2016 season.
NEC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
A.J. Hines, DUQUESNE
RB, Fr., 5-11, 220 lbs., Wilson, NC/Fike
WEEK 12 STATS: 140 yards from scrimmage, 23 carries, 110 rush yards, 2 rush TD, 1 reception, 30 receiving yards
Hines hasn’t slowed down one bit during what has been a remarkable rookie campaign. Exceeding the 100-yard rushing mark for the seventh time in his last nine games, the first-year Duke totaled 140 yards from scrimmage in a 52-19 triumph at Central Connecticut. Hines, the NEC’s rushing leader (1,291 yards), carried 23 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season finale. He made a reception for the fourth straight game, catching one pass for 30 yards during a seven-play third-quarter touchdown drive. Allowing the Dukes to cash in on prime field position, Hines’ one-yard touchdown plunge capped a four-play, 20-yard drive that gave Duquesne a 21-3 advantage with 4:16 left in the opening quarter. The bruising back found the end zone for a second time on a 5-yard run 4:50 into the fourth quarter. He has won the NEC Rookie of the Week award an unprecedented 10 times this season.
NEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Xavier Nelson, DUQUESNE
DB, Sr., 5-8, 147 lbs., Silver Spring, MD/Springbrook
WEEK 12 STATS: 3 kick returns, 136 kick return yards, 1 KOR TD
Nelson provided a spark on special teams, returning three kickoffs for a total of 136 yards and one touchdown during Duquesne’s Week 12 road win over Central Connecticut. The senior defensive back found paydirt in the second quarter on what was his second return during the 52-19 victory. After CCSU cut Duquesne’s lead to 21-13 on a Jacob Dolegala touchdown pass with 8:33 left in the first half, the 5-foot-8 Nelson took the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a score. It was the team’s first kickoff return touchdown of the season. Nelson struck again before halftime, returning a third kick 33 yards out to the Dukes’ 35-yard line to set up an eventual scoring drive.
DUQUESNE NEC HONORS THIS SEASON
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (3)
Wayne Capers Jr., WR (Oct. 3)
Blair Roberts, WR (Oct. 31)
Blair Roberts, WE (co- Nov. 7)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (2)
Christian Kuntz, LB (Sept. 19)
Christian Kuntz, LB (Nov. 14)
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK (2)
Austin Crimmins, PK (Sept. 11)
Xavier Nelson, KR (Nov. 21)
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK (10)
A.J. Hines, RB (Sept. 12)
A.J. Hines, RB (Sept. 19)
A.J. Hines, RB (Sept. 26)
A.J. Hines, RB (Oct. 3)
A.J. Hines, RB (Oct. 17)
A.J. Hines, RB (Oct. 24)
A.J. Hines, RB (Oct. 31)
A.J. Hines, RB (Nov. 7)
A.J. Hines, RB (Nov. 14)
A.J. Hines, RB (Nov. 21)