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  NOV 21 NEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nasir Smith, Central Connecticut, Running Back, Sr., 5-11, 220 lbs., Auburn, NY/Alfred, Week 12 Stats: 29 rushes, 218 rushing yards, 7.5 rushing yards per carry, 4 rushing TDs,...Smith ran for a career-high 218 yards to secure the NEC's rushing title in Central Connecticut's 39-13 win over Stonehill on Saturday. The Auburn, NY native carried the ball 29 times with four touchdowns. One play after converting on a fourth down, Smith opened the second half with a 15-yard run, which proved to be the go-ahead score. His third touchdown of the game from 10 yards out capped a 90-yard drive that put CCSU in front, 32-14, while his final score, a 30-yard run, put him over the 200-yard mark on the afternoon. Leading the conference in rushing yards per game (110.8), Smith finished tied for first in the conference with 14 touchdowns, while his 13 rushing scores were the most in the league. This is his first NEC Player of the Week honor of the season. - NEC Football

Sr/2023 RB Nasir SmithCentral Connecticut
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  NOV 21 NEC FOOTBALL PRIME PERFORMER: Nasir Smith, CCSU (RB, Sr.),...Smith rushed for a career-high 218 yards to secure the NEC's rushing title in Central Connecticut's 39-13 win at Stonehill on Saturday. The senior, who was tabbed the NEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, reached the end zone four times to finish tied for first in the league in touchdowns (14). - NEC Football

Sr/2023 RB Nasir SmithCentral Connecticut
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  NOV 21 NEC FOOTBALL PRIME PERFORMER: Chizurum Umunakwe, CCSU (LB, Sr.),...Umunakwe had 12 tackles, including five solo, and 1.5 tackles for loss in Central Connecticut's season-ending victory at Stonehill. The senior finished the campaign as the NEC's leader in tackles with 94 total and 9.4 per game. - NEC Football

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  NOV 14 NEC PRIME PERFORMER: Nasir Smith, CCSU (RB, Sr.),...Smith became the 16th player in CCSU history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season on Saturday against Merrimack. The senior running back ran for 100 yards for the fifth time this season - and the third time in as many games - after recording 148 yards with one touchdown on 30 carries. - NEC Football

Sr/2023 RB Nasir SmithCentral Connecticut
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  NOV 7 NEC FOOTBALL PRIME PERFORMER: Nasir Smith, CCSU (RB, Sr.),...Smith rushed for 100-plus yards for the third time in the past four games, and the fourth time this season, in Central Connecticut's defeat to LIU on Saturday. The senior running back compiled 127 yards on the ground and one rushing touchdown on 27 carries. - NEC Football

Sr/2023 RB Nasir SmithCentral Connecticut
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  OCT 31 NEC FOOTBALL PRIME PERFORMER: Nasir Smith, CCSU (RB, Sr.),...Smith enjoyed a career day in Central Connecticut's win over Wagner on Saturday. The senior running back registered carer highs in rushes (31), rushing yards (174) and rushing touchdowns (3) to help lead the Blue Devils to their first win of the season. - NEC Football

Sr/2023 RB Nasir SmithCentral Connecticut
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  Nasir Smith ran for a career-high 174 yards and three touchdowns as Central Connecticut won for the first time this season, taking down Wagner 34-7 in a Northeast Conference game Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils (1-7, 1-3) came into the game having lost seven straight games and all three conference contests, but scored the game's first 28 points, three on runs by Smith, and controlled the ball for almost 41 of the game's 60 minutes. Wagner (1-7, 1-3) got its touchdown on a Nick Kargman-to-Naiem Simmons pass from 16 yards out with :21 left in the first half. The Seahawks snapped a string of six straight losses to start the season a week ago with a 37-26 win over Long Island. Shon Mitchell threw for a touchdown and added a 12-yard touchdown run in the second half for Central Connecticut. Smith had a career-high 31 carries and scored on runs of 5, 18 and 7 yards. - AP College Football

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  OCT 24 NEC PRIME PERFORMER: Nasir Smith, CCSU (RB, Sr.),...Smith racked up a game-high 132 total yards and scored Central Connecticut's lone touchdown - a 19-yard run that capped a seven-play, 72-yard drive - in a defeat to Duquesne. The senior running back had 91 yards on the ground on 20 carries and added 41 yards through the air on three catches. - NEC Football

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  OCT 3 NEC PRIME PERFORMER: Chizurum Umunakwe, CCSU (LB, Sr.),...Umunakwe posted double-digit tackles for the third time this season after registering 14 - the second-most by a NEC player in a game this season - including seven solo. He had 2.0 tackles for loss, which included a sack that pushed Saint Francis U back 17 yards, and one quarterback hurry. - NEC Football

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  SEP 12 NEC PRIME PERFORMER: Nasir Smith, CCSU (RB, Sr.),...Smith put up a game-high 130 yards for the Blue Devils against two-time defending champion Sacred Heart. The senior running back rushed for 92 yards with a long of 24 and scored one touchdown on 21 carries. - NEC Football

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  SEP 12 NEC PRIME PERFORMER: Jahlil Brown, CCSU (CB, Sr.),...Brown stood tall in Central Connecticut's NEC debut against two-time defending champion Sacred Heart on Saturday, compiling 10 tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss. The senior had two fumble recoveries in the contest, the first of which gave the Blue Devils a third-quarter lead while the second leading to Central Connecticut's final possession of the game, a nine-play, 42-yard drive that ended in a Pioneers' touchback. - NEC Football

rSr/2023 CB Jahlil BrownCentral Connecticut
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  OCT 10 NEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chizurum Umunakwe, Central Connecticut, Linebacker, Sr., 6-1, 215, Bronx, NY/Towson, Week 6 Stats: 13 total tackles (2 solo), 2.0 TFL (5 yards),...Umunakwe recorded double digits in tackles for the fourth time this season in Central Connecticut's setback to Brown on Saturday. The senior linebacker tallied three solo stops and 13 total tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss. Umunakwe leads the league in tackles per game and is the only player in the circuit averaging double figures in the category with 10.5 per contest. This is the Bronx, NY native's first NEC Defensive Player of the Week honor this season. - NEC Football

rSr/2023 OLB Chizi UmunakweCentral Connecticut
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  OCT 10 NEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aidan Clark, Central Connecticut, Kicker/Punter, Fr., 6-3, 235, Tolland, CT/Tolland, Week 6 Stats: 44.3 punting avg., 6 punts, 265 punt yards, 2 50+ yard punts, 1 Inside 20, 1 TB, 2-3 PAT,...Clark boomed two 50-plus yard punts and averaged 44.3 yards per boot in Central Connecticut's 27-20 defeat to Brown on Saturday. He punted for 51 yards and pinned the Bears on their own 25-yard line in the first quarter, while his second 50-plus yard boot of the game, which carried for a 62 yards, resulted in a fair catch in the second stanza. A local product from Tolland, CT, Clark added two PATs. The rookie also handled CCSU's kickoff duties, averaging 34.0 yards on four attempts. He ranks second in the NEC in punting, averaging 39.2 yards per boot. This is his first NEC Special Teams Player of the Week honor this season. - NEC Football

Jr/2025 P Aidan ClarkCentral Connecticut
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  OCT 10 NEC PRIME PERFORMER: Chizurum Umunakwe, CCSU (LB, Sr.),...Umunakwe, the league leader in tackles, compiled double digits in the category for the fourth time this season after finishing with 13 against Brown on Saturday. Also named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week, the senior linebacker registered 2.0 tackles for loss to pace the Blue Devils' defense. - NEC Football

rSr/2023 OLB Chizi UmunakweCentral Connecticut
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  OCT 10 NEC PRIME PERFORMER: Nasir Smith, CCSU (RB, Sr.),...Smith collected a career-best 195 all-purpose yards - the second-most by a NEC player in a game this season - after compiling 145 rushing yards (16 rushes) and 50 receiving yards (4 receptions) against Brown. The senior running back had an 85-yard touchdown run up the middle in the first quarter before he caught a Shon Mitchell pass at the 16-yard line and ran it in for a score to pull the Blue Devils within one possession at 27-20. - NEC Football

Sr/2023 RB Nasir SmithCentral Connecticut
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