Abner Roberts (11) named to FCS All-ECAC First Team, Tommy Stuart (6) named ECAC FCS Offensive Player of the Year & All-ECAC First Team, Nehari Crawford (1) earns All-ECAC Second Team honors
Dec. 7, 2017
ECAC Division I FCS Football Awards & ALL-ECAC Selections
DANBURY, Conn. - The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its 2017 Division I FCS Football major awards and All-ECAC selections today.
Quarterback Tommy Stuart (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/Boise State) earned ECAC Division I FCS Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-ECAC honors, while defensive back Abner Roberts (Pittsburgh, Pa./University Prep) was named First Team All-ECAC and wide receiver Nehari Crawford (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central) collected Second Team All-ECAC accolades for the Dukes.
Stuart, who was recently named the Northeast Conference (NEC) Offensive Player of the Year, closed out the season eighth in the FCS with 27 passing touchdowns, completing 198-of-297 pass attempts for 2,405 yards. He set a new Duquesne single-season record for completion percentage (66.7 percent), ranking seventh in the country in that statistical category while sitting eighth among the nation's leaders in pass efficiency rating (159.3).
In addition, he rushed for 328 yards with five scores on the season, racking up 32 total touchdowns for the Dukes. Stuart had nine games with at least two total touchdowns, including six games with three touchdowns or more.
Roberts led Duquesne with four interceptions on the year, a figure good for second in the conference. The two-time All-NEC selection was fourth on the team with 52 tackles (37 solo) with two pass breakups, a pair of forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Crawford capped the regular season by pacing the country with 15 receiving touchdowns while leading the NEC with 93.3 receiving yards per game. He hauled in 65 receptions on the season for 1,026 yards. The Fort Pierce, Fla. native is now the eighth Dukes player to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a single season.
Crawford had five 100-yard receiving games on the season, catching two touchdown passes in six contests.
After tallying a league-high 12 all-conference nods, the Dukes also led the NEC with three selections to the All-ECAC teams. Bryant had two selections highlighted by ECAC Defensive Player of the Year Tom Costigan while Central Connecticut State had two All-ECAC picks and Sacred Heart had one honoree.