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Husson Eagles Picked To Capture ECFC

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The Husson Eagles were picked to finish first in the 2017 Preseason Coaches Poll, which the ECFC announced earlier this week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Husson University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Earlier this week – Tuesday, to be exact – the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) unveiled its preseason coaches poll with Husson University claiming the top spot.

The Eagles, who won the league last season, earned six first-place votes, while securing 62 total points. SUNY Maritime and Mount Ida College checked-in second and third, respectively, while Castleton University (fourth) and Dean College (fifth) rounded out the top five. The Privateers of SUNY Maritime earned one first-place vote, as well as the Bulldogs of Dean.

Gallaudet University, which welcomes back 16 starters, was picked to finish sixth, while Alfred State and Anna Maria College checked-in seventh and eighth, respectively.

Husson, which advanced to last season’s NCAA Division III Tournament, welcomes back 13 starters from last season, including halfback John Smith, who led the conference in multiple categories, including rushing touchdowns (17). Smith will certainly be tasked with carrying the Eagles this season due to gradation losses to Deon Wiggins and Kadeem Edge. Quarterback Cory Brandon returns this fall, along with key members of the defense, including defensive lineman Luke Washburn.

The Eagles will begin its title defense on Saturday, September 2 when they entertain Union College before visiting Dean College on Saturday, September 9. Last season, the Eagles defeated the Bulldogs, 43-23, thanks to four rushing touchdowns by Smith. Smith would conclude the contest with 280 yards on 39 carries. He also hauled in two catches for 25 yards.

Mass. College Football: Husson Picked To Capture Eastern Collegiate Football Conference

Husson University's football team was picked first in the preseason coaches poll. (Photo Credit: Husson University Athletics)

Husson University’s football team was picked first in the preseason coaches poll. (Photo Credit: Husson University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Husson University Eagles – the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) champions last season – were picked to defend their crown this fall, as noted in the conference’s season preview.

Husson was the unanimous preseason pick to win the league – the Eagles garnered eight first-place votes for 64 points. Norwich University was selected to finish second, while Castleton State College was tabbed third. Mount Ida College and SUNY Maritime College rounded out the top five, earning fourth and fifth place projections, respectively.

Gallaudet University was selected to finish sixth, Becker College seventh and Anna Maria College eighth.

Last season, the Eagles won every conference game before defeating Mount Ida, 41-21, to clam the program’s initial ECFC Championship and NCAA berth.

Husson returns nine starters from last season’s team on defense, including junior Ellis Throckmorton, who led the Eagles with 90 total tackles, including 56 solo stops. Senior Bryant Wade returns for his final season and will attempt to duplicate his production of 45 total tackles, 30 solo stops, a trio of fumble recoveries, a pair of forced fumbles and one sack.

On offense, senior quarterback Joe Seccareccia returns following an impressive junior campaign, which saw him complete 122-of-245 attempts for 1,490 yards – the most passing yards by any quarterback in the ECFC last fall. He was first in the league in completions and second in touchdown passes (14).

Husson also returns the conference’s leading rusher, sophomore John Smith, who registered 1,408 yards on the ground and 13 touchdowns. Smith also caught two passes for 13 yards.

The Eagles begin its title defense on Saturday, September 5 when they host Alfred University for a 12:00 p.m. kick-off. On Saturday, October 3, Husson will begin league play when they host Castleton.

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