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LORETTO — Saint Francis University football earned four of the Northeast Conference’s five major annual awards, 10 first-team All-NEC selections and three second-team All-NEC awards, 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 has received at least four of the five grand prizes.

Brown became the first Defensive Player of the Year 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 the first since Marcus Bagley in 2014. Villarrial was named coach of the year for the third time in his career, following back-to-back honors in 2015 and 2016.

The 10 All-NEC first-team selections broke the previous program record of seven sets in 2015 and 2016. Saint Francis received seven more first-team selections than the previous season.

This year’s group included Elijah Sarratt, wide receiver; Tre’Quan Dorsey, offensive lineman; Seth Osborne, offensive lineman; Sebastian Benjamin, defense attorney; Travell Cook, Defense Attorney; Gregory Reddick, defender and Alex Schmoke, a kicker from Bellwood-Antis.

Joining NEC’s second team for the Red Flash were Bailey Iboleon, offensive line; Marcel Mami, linebacker and Willie O’Hara, linebacker.

Additionally, Colt Jennings was named one of 15 finalists for the 2022 FedEx Ground Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award.

Entering its eighth season, the Doris Robinson Award is 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 received Northeast Conference representation. The recipient of the award will be announced on December 12 and will be honored at the FCS National Awards Banquet on January 7 in Frisco, Texas.

Jennings, a sophomore in Redshirt, is a Senior in Academics and has a 3.58 GPA for his Bachelor of Science degree. He studies psychology with a major in prerogative and a minor in sports management. On the field, he has appeared in all 11 games as an outside linebacker with 11 total tackles and one sack.

The Red Flash take on Delaware in the FCS playoffs starting Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in a game televised on ESPN3.

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