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  2022 NORTHEAST CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: DL Eric O'Neill, LIU,...O'Neill wasted little time in making his name known in the NEC loop as a disruptive force. He was a nightmare for opposing team's offenses, especially down the final stretch of the season. Averaging 5.6 tackles per game in league play, the 6-foot-3 redshirt freshman ended the campaign on an absolute tear with 33 of his 51 stops coming in last four games of the year. It's no coincidence that LIU went 4-0 in that stretch for a program-best third-place finish in the NEC standings. Recently named the Stat Perform FedEx Ground FCS National Freshman Player of the Week, O'Neill twice earned the NEC Defensive Player of the Week award.

His first honor came after he stuck 5.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks in the Sharks' first win of the season, a double-overtime takedown of Duquesne in late October. Stymying Sacred Heart's final drive and comeback bid with consecutive sacks in a 37-34 road win, the Staten Island native doubled his weekly award total this past Monday. The rookie made a career-best 14 hits, including 3.5 sacks and an NEC single-game season-high 5.5 tackles-for-loss. Overall, O'Neill's 21.0 tackles-for-loss and 10.0 sacks rank him second in the NEC. - NEC Football


rFr/2026 DE Eric ONeillLong Island University
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  NOV 21 NEC FOOTBALL PRIME PERFORMER: Luca Stanzani, LIU (QB, Fr.),...Stanzani threw for four touchdowns and ran for one more to lead LIU past Sacred Heart, 37-34, in its 2022 regular season finale. The NEC Rookie of the Week honoree tallied 267 all-purpose yards, including 197 in the air, to finish his debut campaign with a 4-0 record as a starter. - NEC Football

Fr/2026 QB Luca StanzaniLong Island University
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  NOV 21 NEC FOOTBALL PRIME PERFORMER: Michael Love, LIU (WR, Jr.),...Love had a season-high 132 receiving yards and three touchdown catches for LIU, which ended the campaign on a four-game winning streak after defeating Sacred Heart, 37-30, on Saturday. Hauling in a 71-yard pass to open the game, he made it a 28-10 Sharks' advantage with his final touchdown reception, a 10-yarder with 11:12 left in the third. - NEC Football

rJr/2024 WR Michael LoveLong Island University
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  NOV 21 NEC FOOTBALL PRIME PERFORMER: Eric O'Neill, LIU (DE, R-Fr.),...O'Neill, who also garnered NEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, had 14 sacks to pace the Sharks. Registering the most tackles for loss (5.5) and the second-most sacks (3.5) by a NEC player in a game this season, the redshirt-freshman had sacks on consecutive plays to stymie Sacred Heart's final drive. - NEC Football

rFr/2026 DE Eric ONeillLong Island University
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  NOV 21 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eric O'Neill, Long Island, Defensive Back, R-Fr., 6-3, 240 lbs., Staten Island, NY/Paramus Catholic, Week 12 Stats: 14 tackles (9 solo), 5.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 FF,...O'Neill, a defensive end from Staten Island, NY, capped off a career day by delivering a pair of game-saving stops to help LIU extend its season-ending four-game winning streak to four with a 37-34 victory at Sacred Heart. The redshirt-freshman had sacks on consecutive plays in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter to stave off the Pioneers, who scored 24-unanswered to pull within three, on their final drive. Teaming up with Carson Binder to take down quarterback Cabe Pribula and the Pios' back to the Sharks' 47-yard line, O'Neill stuck another sack and forced a fumble on a Sacred Heart fourth down to seal the win. He also stopped a fourth-and-goal rush from the LIU one-yard line to turn the ball back to the Sharks' offense in the first quarter. He was a nightmare for Sacred Heart's offense, racking up 14 tackles, including nine solo. In addition, his 5.5 tackles for loss were the most in a game by an NEC player this season, while his 3.5 sacks marked the second-best performance in the circuit. - NEC Football

rFr/2026 DE Eric ONeillLong Island University
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  NOV 21 NEC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Luca Stanzani, Long Island, Quarterback, Fr., 5-11, 180 lbs., Clearwater, FL/Clearwater Academy International, Week 12 Stats: 15-30, 197 passing yards, 50.0 pass completion percentage, 4 TDs, 2 INT, 7 rushes, 70 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD,...Stanzani improved to 4-0 as a starter as LIU defeated Sacred Heart, 37-34, to close out the 2022 season with a fourth straight victory. The Clearwater, FL native passed for four touchdowns and ran for another on Saturday to help the Sharks finish third in the NEC. Compiling 267 all-purpose yards, including 197 in the air, the rookie set the tone early for the offense, connecting with receiver Michael Love for a 71-yard touchdown pass. Stanzani added 27 and 41-yard touchdown passes in the second quarter to put the Sharks up by 14 before he connected with Love for a 10-yarder in the opening minutes of the third to make it 28-10 lead. In his four starts, LIU averaged 37.5 points per game. This is Stanzani's third NEC Rookie of the Week award. - NEC Football

Fr/2026 QB Luca StanzaniLong Island University
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  NOV 21 FEDEX GROUND FCS NATIONAL FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eric O'Neill, LIU, DE, 6-3, 240, R-Fr., Staten Island, New York,...O'Neill proved to be a nightmare for Sacred Heart's offense, collecting a game-high 14 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks while also forcing a fumble in LIU's 37-34 victory - the Sharks' fourth straight to end the Northeast Conference season. The tackles behind the line of scrimmage totaled 20 yards. The fumble occurred on a sack that ended Sacred Heart's final drive near midfield with just under two minutes remaining. Honorable Mention: Major Bowden, RS, Lamar; Jayden Brown, RB, Gardner-Webb; Micah Davey, LB, McNeese; Jake Gerardi, P, Southern Utah; Travis Hunter, WR/DB, Jackson State; Ruben Lopez, S, San Diego; Hayward McQueen III, LB, Western Carolina. - STATS FCS Football

rFr/2026 DE Eric ONeillLong Island University
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  Luca Stanzani threw four touchdowns and ran for another and Long Island ended its season holding off Sacred Heart 37-34 on Saturday. Long Island built a 37-10 lead when Stanzani ran it from 13 yards out with 3:32 left in the third quarter. Stanzani, a true freshman from Clearwater, Florida, helped boost the Sharks' (4-7, 4-3) fortunes when he took over as the starting quarterback a month ago and ignited a four-game winning streak. Malik Grant finished with a pair of rushing touchdowns and 110 yards on the ground for the Pioneers (5-6, 3-4). - AP College Football

Fr/2026 QB Luca StanzaniLong Island University
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  NOV 14 NEC PRIME PERFORMER: Ayinde Johnson, LIU (DB, R-FR),...Now a back-to-back weekly award winner who garners NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career, Ayinde came away with the game-saving heroics inside the final minute of action for the second straight week. The redshirt-freshman defensive back's pick at the Sharks' 47-yard line sealed the deal and extended LIU's winning streak to three contests. - NEC Football

rFr/2026 CB Ayinde JohnsonLong Island University
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  NOV 14 NEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ayinde Johnson, Long Island, Defensive Back, R-Fr., 6-0, 190 lbs., Danbury, CT/Capital Prep Harbor, Week 11 Stats: 3 total tackles (3 solo), 1 INT,...For the second time in as many weeks, Johnson sealed the deal for LIU in the final minute with an interception. The redshirt-freshman's pick at the Sharks' 47-yard line with 41 seconds left preserved LIU's 34-28 lead and secured the victory. A week ago, Johnson took home his first weekly award (NEC Co-Rookie of the Week) after he had a pick six in the final minute and returned in for 40 yards to secure a 29-20 win against CCSU. The Danbury, CT native added three solo tackles for the Sharks, who have won three-in-a-row. - NEC Football

rFr/2026 CB Ayinde JohnsonLong Island University
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  NOV 14 NEC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Luca Stanzani, Long Island, Quarterback, FR, 5-11, 180 lbs., Clearwater, FL/Clearwater Academy International, Week 11 Stats: 19-29, 333 yards, 65.5 pass completion percentage, 3 TDs, 0 INT, 7 rushes, 32 rush yards,...Stanzani continues to keep a red-hot LIU team rolling, as he propelled the Sharks to a 34-28 win over Stonehill on Saturday. The Clearwater, FL native threw for 300 yards for the second time in three weeks, registering 333 yards and three touchdowns after going 19-of-32 with zero interceptions to propel LIU to its third straight victory and push his record as a starter to 3-0 in the process.

Stanzani has been one of the NEC's top quarterbacks during the closing stretch of the regular season. Compiling 913 passing yards (304.33 per game) in his first three career starts, he has tossed eight touchdowns and has been intercepted just once during that span for a 68.18 pass completion percentage and 127.70 quarterback rating. Most impressive, Stanzani boasts Since taking over the starting quarterback duties against Duquesne on Oct. 29, the Sharks have put up 37.67 points per game, which is more than double the 16.57 points that they averaged over the first seven games of the season. This marks the second time in three weeks that Stanzani is tabbed the NEC Rookie of the Week. - NEC Football


Fr/2026 QB Luca StanzaniLong Island University
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  NOV 14 NEC PRIME PERFORMER: Owen Glascoe, LIU (TE, R-JR),...Glascoe accounted for three of the Sharks' four touchdowns in a 34-28 win against Stonehill on Saturday. The redshirt-junior tight end caught a 34-yard pass in the end zone before recording a pair of touchdowns on four and two-yard runs. - NEC Football

rJr/2024 TE Owen GlascoeLong Island University
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  NOV 14 NEC PRIME PERFORMER: Davon Wells, LIU (WR, JR),...Wells racked up 163 receiving yards on eight receptions to lead LIU to its third straight victory. The junior wide receiver hauled in a 43-yard pass from teammate Luca Stanzani to put the Sharks in front, 27-7, at halftime. - NEC Football

Jr/2024 WR Davon WellsLong Island University
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  NOV 14 NEC PRIME PERFORMER: Luca Stanzani, LIU (QB, FR),...Stanzani, who garners NEC Rookie of the Week honors for the second time in the past three weeks, led the Sharks to their third straight victory by way of a 34-28 Senior Day victory against Stonehill. The freshman quarterback completed 19-of-29 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns to improve to 3-0 as a starter. - NEC Football

Fr/2026 QB Luca StanzaniLong Island University
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  Freshman Luca Stanzani passed for 333 yards and three touchdowns and Long Island University held off Stonehill 34-28 on Saturday. Stanzani staked Long Island (3-7, 3-3 Northeast Conference) to a 14-0 lead after one quarter with a 21-yard touchdown toss to Tosin Oyekanmi and a 34-yard scoring strike to Owen Glascoe. Jermaine Corbett's 21-yard touchdown run 35 seconds into the second quarter pulled Stonehill (4-4, 2-4) within 14-7. The Sharks answered with Glascoe's 4-yard touchdown run and Stanzani's 42-yard touchdown pass to Davon Wells for a 27-7 lead at halftime.

Glascoe added a 2-yard scoring run in the first minute of the final quarter to cap the scoring for Long Island. Tom Comella added two short touchdown runs for Stonehill from there. Stanzani completed 19 of 29 passes for Long Island. Wells had eight receptions for 163 yards. Ashur Carraha completed 17 of 42 passes for 180 yards with one interception for the Skyhawks. Long Island has won three straight and closes out the season at Sacred Heart next Saturday. Stonehill has lost four of its last five games after a 3-0 start. - LIU/AP College Football


Fr/2026 QB Luca StanzaniLong Island University
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