NEC Players of the Week

Mallory, NEC's #5 rusher, get special teams honor

The Northeast Conference, on Monday, announced the league's players of the week for last weekend's action.

The Offensive Player of the Week is Brian Fowler. The junior running back from Central Connecticut State scored three touchdowns in the Blue Devils', 42-21, win over Robert Morris.

Monmouth's sophomore safety Jose Gumbs, who hadn't seen action in two weeks, is the Defensive Player of Week for his play in the Hawks game with Wagner.

There are two Special Team Players of the Week. Senior running back James Mallory, an NEC Offensive Player of the Week earlier this season, did it on special teams for Central Connecticut State on Saturday. UAlbany's senior tailback Justin Gannon scored on a 78-yard punt return in the Great Danes', 55-10, homecoming win over Duquesne.

Freshman quarterback Nick Doscher, who led Wagner to a 27-24 win over Monmouth, is the league's Rookie of the Week.


Northeast Conference Players of the Week
Week Six - October 12, 2009

Offensive Player of the Week

    Brian Fowler, Central Conn. St.
    Jr., RB, 6-2, 220
    Geneva, NY / Erie CC / Geneva

    Fowler totaled 185 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in helping Central Connecticut State extend its win streak to three. The junior running back averaged 8.4 yards per carry in the Blue Devils' 42-21 NEC victory over visiting Robert Morris. Fowler rushed 19 times for 159 yards, the highest total in the NEC this past week, and two touchdowns while adding 15 yards on two receptions. He logged four rushes in excess of 10 yards, including a 66-yard second-half scoring scamper that increased CCSU's lead to 35-14. Fowler's first touchdown of the day came through the air, a nine-yard catch, and tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. Later in the opening half, he gave the Blue Devils a 13-7 advantage on a one-yard touchdown plunge.

Defensive Player of the Week

    Jose Gumbs, Monmouth
    So., S, 5-10, 205
    Queens, NY / Hebron Academy

    After missing two games due to injury, Gumbs came back in a big way against Northeast Conference rival Wagner. The sophomore safety recorded 10 tackles (8 solo), 2.0 TFL, one sack, one forced fumble, and a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown. Gumbs set the tone from the start when he stuffed Lon Woods for a loss of three yards on Wagner's first play from scrimmage. The 2009 NEC Defensive Rookie of the Year put Monmouth on the scoreboard by intercepting a pass and returning 35 yards for a first-quarter touchdown that tied the game at 7-7. With Wagner threatening to score on 3rd-and-11 at the Monmouth 26-yard line, Gumbs broke through for his first sack of the season and his jarring hit forced a drive-ending fumble.

Special Teams Players of the Week

    Justin Gannon, Albany
    Sr., TB, 5-6, 175
    Sussex, NJ / Vernon Township

    Gannon returned two punts for a total 88 yards while accomplishing a feat that had eluded UAlbany during its 10 years of Division I competition. Becoming the first Great Dane to find the end zone on a punt return since Oct. 31, 1998, Gannon brought one back 78 yards for a second-quarter touchdown that staked Albany to a 13-0 advantage over Duquesne. The senior tailback totaled 119 all-purpose yards in a 55-10 victory over the Dukes, Albany's record-tying 16th consecutive triumph over NEC opponents.

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    James Mallory, Central Connecticut State
    Sr., RB, 5-10, 200
    Buffalo, NY / Kenmore West

    Known primarily for his great ability to run the football, Mallory is becoming a game-changing force on special teams. The senior running back, who stuffed a punt in CCSU's win at Columbia in Week Three, blocked two punts in the Blue Devils' 42-21 Northeast Conference win over Robert Morris. Mallory's first punt block gave the Blue Devils the ball at Robert Morris' 22-yard line with 4:31 remaining in the opening quarter. CCSU tied the game at 7-7 four plays later. Mallory struck again on the first play of the second quarter when he again harassed the punter. His deflection limited the RMU punt to a 19-yard net gain and gave CCSU good field position for its ensuing scoring drive.

Rookie of the Week

    Nick Doscher, Wagner
    Fr., QB, 6-1, 220
    Staten Island, NY / Moore Catholic

    Doscher accounted for 315 yards of total offense and three touchdowns to power Wagner past Monmouth, 27-24, on the road in Northeast Conference play. The freshman signal caller went 14-of-27 passing for 260 yards and two touchdowns while adding a number of key contributions with his feet. Wagner's rookie quarterback rushed 14 times for 55 yards, none bigger than his final three carries during the Seahawks' third-quarter scoring drive. After Monmouth cut Wagner's lead down to three, 20-17, Doscher responded by driving the team 91 yards on 14 plays and rushing for the eventual game-winning touchdown. The native Staten Islander kept the ball for the final three plays of the Seahawks' lone second-half scoring drive, rushing for gains of nine, seven, and 14 yards.

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