Twelve Dukes Earn All-NEC Honors
Stuart paced the NEC with 27 passing touchdowns on the season.
Nov. 22, 2017

SOMERSET, N.J. - A league-high 12 members of the Duquesne football team garnered All-Northeast Conference (NEC) accolades for the 2017 season, conference officials announced on Wednesday afternoon. 

Quarterback Tommy Stuart (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/Boise State) was named the NEC Offensive Player of the Year to highlight the Dukes' honorees.

In addition, Stuart was one of eight Dukes to earn First Team All-NEC honors along with running back A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike), wide receiver Nehari Crawford (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central), offensive linemen Ben Huss (Upper St. Clair, Pa./Upper St. Clair) and Alex Conley (Akron, Ohio, Walsh Jesuit), defensive lineman Andy Struttmann (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North), linebacker Carter Henderson (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional/Penn State) and defensive back Abner Roberts (Pittsburgh, Pa./University Prep).

Duquesne also had four representatives named Second Team All-NEC including wide receiver Chavas Rawlins (Monessen, Pa./Monessen/West Virginia), offensive lineman Matt Fitzpatrick (Pennsauken, N.J./Bishop Eustace), defensive lineman Nathan Stone (Scottdale, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) and defensive back Jonathant Istache (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central).


 

 

Stuart becomes the first Dukes player to be named NEC Offensive Player of the Year. The Boise State graduate transfer ranked eighth in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with 27 passing touchdowns on the season. He completed 198-of-297 pass attempts for 2,405 yards, setting a new single-season program record for completion percentage (66.7 percent).

Stuart capped the season seventh in the country in completion percentage and eighth in the nation with a 159.3 pass efficiency rating.

He added 328 rushing yards on 84 carries with five rushing scores on the year, giving him 32 total touchdowns.

Hines earns his second consecutive First Team All-NEC honor, wrapping up his sophomore campaign with 1,038 rushing yards on 182 carries with 10 touchdowns. The reigning Jerry Rice Award Winner and NEC Offensive Rookie of the Year ranked sixth in the FCS averaging 115.3 rushing yards per game.

Hines had six 100-yard rushing games in 2017 and four games with at least two rushing scores. After two seasons with the Dukes, he sits eighth in school history with 2,329 rushing yards.

Crawford led the country with 15 receiving touchdowns on the season to go with a league-high 93.3 receiving yards per game. He recorded 65 receptions for 1,026 yards, becoming just the eighth player in Duquesne history to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving in a season.

The junior had five 100-yard performances on the year and hauled in two touchdown passes in six contests on the year.

Huss, Conley and Fitzpatrick buoyed the Dukes' offensive line which helped Duquesne pace the NEC in rushing at 198.5 yards per game and scoring at 32.2 points per contest on the season. Additionally, the Dukes ranked ninth in the nation in tackles for loss allowed, as opponents averaged just 4.36 tackles for loss per game.

The trio helped pave the way for five 200-yard rushing performances on the season.

Huss is now a four-time All-NEC honoree and picks up his third consecutive First Team All-NEC nod.

Fitzpatrick earns his second straight Second Team All-NEC honor.

Struttmann ranked fourth on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss to go with 23 total tackles (14 solo), a pair of forced fumbles, 2.5 sacks and a blocked kick. He was a Second Team All-NEC selection as a junior in 2016.

Henderson led the Dukes in tackling for the second year in a row, closing out the season with 84 tackles (52 solo) in addition to eight tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception returned 21 yards for a touchdown, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

Roberts, a Second Team All-NEC pick a year ago, paced Duquesne with four interceptions, good for second in the conference. He also ranked fourth on the team with 52 tackles (37 solo) with a pair of pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Rawlins was the Dukes' second-leading receiver on the season, tallying 40 receptions for 365 yards and four touchdown catches. The senior ranked 10th in the NEC in receptions per game on the year.

Stone is now a four-time All-NEC performer after starting all 46 games of his collegiate career. In 2017, he tallied 57 tackles (37 solo), good for third on the team. The senior found his way into the opposition's backfield very frequently, leading the Dukes with 5.5 sacks and eight quarterback hurries while matching a team-high with 11.0 tackles for loss to go with two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries.  

Stone caps his Duquesne career ranking ninth in program history with 289 career tackles.

Istache led the Dukes with 12 passes defended on the season with 11 pass breakups and an interception. The junior also sat sixth on the team with 38 tackles including 29 solo stops. He contributed a forced fumble and a fumble recovered 40 yards for Duquesne, as well.

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