Northeast Conference release
- The Northeast Conference Co-Offensive Players of the Week hail from teams that have started NEC play at 2-0. Albany senior tailback David McCarty's third consecutive 100-yard rushing performance resulted in the Great Danes' third consecutive victory, a 27-6 win over league rival Saint Francis (PA). Bryant senior running back Jerell Smith scored the only touchdown in a 6-2 victory over Wagner, the Bulldogs' second NEC win in what is their first season as a conference member.
NEC Defensive Player of the Week Marcus Dorsey accounted for four tackles, three pass break-ups, and a game-changing defensive touchdown in Central Connecticut State's 24-12 victory over intrastate NEC rival Sacred Heart.
Red Flash freshman Kyle Harbridge captured the Special Teams Player of the Week award for his kickoff return and kick coverage efforts against Albany. Duquesne freshman Larry McCoy's second consecutive 100-yard rushing performance results in his second NEC Rookie of the Week award this season.
Week Five - October 5, 2009
Offensive Players of the Week
- David McCarty, Albany
Sr., RB, 6-0, 215
Gansevoort, NY / La Salle Institute
David McCarty's third consecutive 100-yard rushing performance resulted in Albany's third straight victory. Helping the Great Danes move to 2-0 in their Northeast Conference title defense, McCarty totaled a season-high 170 yards and two touchdowns on 25 rushing attempts. The Walter Payton Award candidate opened the game's scoring on a five-yard touchdown run 3:17 into the first quarter. McCarty's 33-yard rush into Saint Francis' territory helped set up a field goal later on in the opening period. The senior tailback extended Albany's lead to 24-6 when he rushed 14 yards around left end for a touchdown with 1:04 remaining in the third quarter. McCarty, who left the game with 14:30 left in regulation, averaged 6.8 yards per carry. The game marked the eighth time in McCarty's career that he has reached the 170-yard rushing mark while his two touchdowns moved him into a tie for sixth-place on the NEC's all-time scoring list (228 pts.).
Jerell Smith scored the game's only touchdown in leading Bryant past Wagner, 6-2, on Homecoming Day at Bulldog Stadium. The senior running back rushed 31 times for 178 yards as Bryant outgained the NEC rival Seahawks by a 3-to-1 margin. Smith helped Bryant cash in on a short field in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. Capping a drive that started at Wagner's 37-yard line after a Seahawks' special teams miscue, Smith rushed 17 yards into the end zone with 10:29 remaining in regulation. He also made one catch for 11 yards.
- Marcus Dorsey, Central Connecticut State
Sr., DB, 6-1, 175
Germantown, MD / Seneca Valley
Marcus Dorsey accounted for four tackles, three pass break-ups, and a game-changing defensive touchdown in Central Connecticut State's 24-12 victory over intrastate NEC rival Sacred Heart. The senior defensive back preserved the Blue Devils' fourth-quarter lead by intercepting a pass in the end zone and returning it for a touchdown. The 100-yard return, which gave CCSU a two-touchdown lead with 2:24 remaining in the game, stands as the longest in program history. Two of his pass break-ups came in the final quarter of play. Dorsey's four passes defended helped limit the usually-accurate Dale Fink to 17-of-38 passing.
Special Teams Player of the Week
- Kyle Harbridge, St. Francis (PA)
Fr., RB, 5-10, 180
Easton, PA / Easton
Kyle Harbridge returned four kickoffs for 124 yards and made two special teams tackles against two-time defending Northeast Conference champion Albany. The freshman running back averaged 31.0 yards per return to maintain his standing as the Northeast Conference's second-ranked kickoff returner. After Albany scored a touchdown on the game's opening drive, Harbridge set up Saint Francis' first score by bringing back the ensuing kickoff 49 yards to the Great Danes' 44-yard line. The Red Flash's rookie returner made a tackle on both kickoff and punt coverage. His second special teams stop halted an Albany punt return at its own 13-yard line.
- Larry McCoy, Duquesne
Fr., RB, 5-11, 215
Wytheville, VA / George Wythe
Larry McCoy's second consecutive 100-yard rushing performance results in his second NEC Rookie of the Week award this season. The freshman running back carried 20 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns in Duquesne's 34-20 win over cross-town NEC rival Robert Morris. His 13-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run ended Robert Morris' 20-point rally and gave Duquesne a 14-point cushion with 6:21 remaining in regulation. The rookie Duke rushed five times for 42 yards on the game-sealing scoring drive. McCoy's first touchdown of the game made the score 20-0 in favor of Duquesne in the final minute of the first half. Averaging 5.3 yards per carry, McCoy rushed for seven of Duquesne's 26 first downs.