Fairfield, CT – The Sacred Heart football team has been selected to pick seventh in the Northeast Conference this season, as voted on by the NEC Head Coaches and announced Monday morning during the first-ever NEC Football Head Coaches Google+ Hangout. Junior defensive lineman Troy Moore (Worcester, MA) and senior offensive lineman Paul Link (East Greenwich, RI) were named to the preseason All-NEC team.
Sacred Heart finished last season 1-7 in the NEC and 2-9 overall. SHU defeated Central Connecticut State, 34-21 on September 29th and Dartmouth, 27-10 on October 13th.
Sacred Heart Head Coach Mark Nofri begins his first full season as Pioneer head coach after coaching last year as the interim head coach. Nofri is the longest tenured coach in Sacred Heart football history, beginning his 20th season as a Pioneer in 2013.
Moore enters this season after completing a tremendous sophomore year in which he notched 6.5 sacks (2nd on the team) and 11.5 tackles for loss. Moore started all 11 games on the defensive line. SHU ranked second in the league in total defense last season and led the NEC in sacks, notching 33 of them in 2012.
"Troy has been a starter for us since his freshman season. He is a guy that works as hard off the field as he does on it and I look forward to him leading us this season as a junior," Head Coach Mark Nofri said.
Link was the anchor of the Sacred Heart offensive line last season and a vital force in SHU rushing for over 1,200 yards last season.
"Paul is a very valuable guy for us. He has worked extremely hard and I have loved his attitude these past four years. He is able to play a couple different positions for us up front and I expect a tremendous final season for him," Coach Nofri commented.
Sacred Heart's 2013 season will kick-off on Saturday, August 31st with a trip to Poughkeepsie, NY to take on the Marist Red Foxes.
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