Despite the season coming to an end several weeks ago, The Duquesne football team isn’t done getting accolades in 2013 just yet.
Sophomore linebacker Christian Kuntz, a fellow alumni of Chartiers Valley High School in the south hills of Pittsburgh, has been named an All-American by The Sports Network. He is listed as a part of their third team defense.
Kuntz is only the fifth Duke to be honored in this way since the football program returned to the NCAA ranks in 1987, joining teammate Dorian Bell and former players Serge Kona, Bruce Hocker, and Antoine Bullock. All five All-Americans were members of Jerry Schmitt-coached teams.
Here’s The Sports Network’s release on the team.
Several other NEC players were recognized on the team, including running backs Keshaudas Spence, Rob Holloman, and Kyle Harbridge. Ironically, the latter two were named to the second team although third-teamer Kuntz was a large part of making the pair look rather dubious against Duquesne.
In all, the NEC had as many or more players recognized than seven other FCS conferences, including the respected Ivy League and leagues with familiar opponents like the Patriot and Pioneer leagues.
Kuntz was recognized throughout the season for his play, including two nods as NEC defensive player of the week and a listing on the All-NEC first team defense. He led the Dukes in several categories, including tackles for a loss.