Williams & Totino Earn NEC POTW Honors

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne senior receiver Dave Williams (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) and senior linebacker Nathan Totino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton-La Salle) both took away Northeast Conference Football Player of the Week honors for their performances in Duquesne's come-from-behind 21-20 win at Wagner on Saturday.

Dave Williams caught a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a game-winning 16-yarder with 1:41 left to earn a share of Offensive Player of the Week, while Totino added 12 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss to earn Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Williams, who leads the NEC in receptions (41), receiving yards (556) and receiving touchdowns (7), finished the Wagner game with nine catches for 128 yards. With the Dukes down 20-7 early in the fourth quarter, Williams caught a 15-yard TD pass from Sean Patterson. Three plays prior to the score, his 24-yard reception gave Duquesne a 1st-and-10 at Wagner's 22-yard line. Williams converted a pair of third downs during DU's 98-yard game-winning drive. The first was a 39-yarder on 3rd-and-15 and the second was the winning TD catch which came on a 3rd-and-nine play. Six of Williams' game-high nine catches and 107 of his 128 yards came in the fourth quarter. Dave shares this week's offensive honor with Central Connecticut State's running back Everette Benjamin.

The last of Nathan Totino's 12 stops came at a key juncture. With Wagner facing a 2-and-12 late in the game, Totino recorded a two-yard tackle for loss to force the punt that gave the Dukes' offense one last chance. Totino also recorded a TFL on back-to-back Wagner possessions to preserve a 7-7 tie in the second quarter. The 5-10, 210-pounder also added a sack in recording his 17th career double-digit tackle game.

Totino leads the Dukes with 65 tackles (34 solo) this season.

Williams and Totino are the fifth and six DU players to earn NEC honors this season, joining sophomore running back Larry McCoy (Oct. 11), sophomore linebacker Serge Kona (Sept. 27), Totino (Sept. 13) and sophomore quarterback Sean Patterson (Sept. 7).

The league also named Monmouth safety Jose Gumbs Special Teams Player of the Week. The NEC Rookie of the Week award went to Albany signal caller Buddy Leathley.

Duquesne returns to action on Saturday when it makes the short trip to Moon Township, Pa. to face NEC-leading Robert Morris (6-1, 5-0) at 12:00 p.m in the NEC TV game of the week. The game will be televised nationally by Fox College Sports, ESPN3 and ESPN Game Plan and locally by PCNC. It will also air on tape delay on FSN Pittsburgh on Nov. 1. Please note the tape delay time has been moved from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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