LORETTO — Saint Francis University football earned four of the five major Northeast Conference yearly awards, 10 first-team All-NEC selections and three second-team All-NEC honors, the conference announced this week.
Quarterback Cole Doyle was named NEC Offensive Player of the Year, Donnell Brown was named NEC Defensive Player of the Year, Makai Jackson was named NEC Offensive Rookie of the Year, and coach Chris Villarrial was named NEC Coach of the Year. This is the first time since Sacred Heart in 2013 that a team earned at least four of the five major awards.
Brown became the first Defensive Player of the Year selection in Saint Francis history, while Doyle was the fourth Offensive Player of the Year and first since Kamron Lewis in 2016. Jackson is the fifth Offensive Rookie of the Year and first since Marcus Bagley in 2014. Villarrial earned his third-career Coach of the Year after back-to-back honors in 2015 and 2016.
The 10 All-NEC first-team selections broke the previous program record of seven set in both 2015 and 2016. Saint Francis earned seven more first-team selection than last season.
This year’s group included Elijah Sarratt, wide receiver; Tre’Quan Dorsey, offensive lineman; Seth Osborne, offensive lineman; Sebastian Benjamin, defensive lineman; Travell Cook, defensive back; Gregory Reddick, defensive back and Alex Schmoke, a kicker from Bellwood-Antis.
Named to the NEC second team for the Red Flash were Bailey Iboleon, offensive line; Marcel Mami, linebacker and Willie O’Hara, linebacker.
In other news, Colt Jennings was named one of 15 finalists for the 2022 FedEx Ground Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award.
The Doris Robinson Award is in its eighth season and presented to an FCS student-athlete who excels on the field, in the classroom, in the community and beyond. One player was selected from each conference in the FCS and Jennings earned the Northeast Conference representation. The recipient of the award will be announced on Dec. 12 and honored at the FCS National Awards banquet on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas.
Jennings, a redshirt sophomore, is a senior in academics and carries a 3.58 GPA in pursuit of his Bachelor of Science. He is studying Psychology with a concentration in Pre-Law and minoring in Sports Management. On the field, he has appeared in all-11 games with 11 total tackles and one sack as an outside linebacker.
The Red Flash compete in the FCS playoffs starting Saturday at 2 p.m. against Delaware in a game that will be televised on ESPN3.