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Seven from Football Named All-NEC Selections

Collage of Merrimack Football's seven all-conference selections in 2021


SOMERSET, N.J. – The Merrimack College football program saw seven student-athletes earn Northeast Conference (NEC) All-Conference honors on Wednesday when the NEC announced its all-league teams and major award winners.

All seven Warriors earned second-team distinction. On the offensive side of the ball, senior offensive lineman Clay LeGault and Miles Cobb along with junior wide receiver Anthony Norcia earned their first-ever NEC all-league accolades. On defense, the Warriors’ defensive ends in junior Cory Hagerman and Nicholas Lenon earned honors as did Merrimack’s cornerback tandem of senior Caleb Holden and junior Darion McKenzie.

LeGault has been one of Merrimack’s top offensive lineman over the last few years, serving as the team’s starting right tackle. He appeared and started in all three games this spring as a team captain, extended his consecutive games played streak to 32. He blocked for a passing offensive that improved in every game this spring.

Merrimack’s starting center, Cobb was also named a team captain for the first time this spring. He appeared in all three games this season after starting in 10 of the team’s 11 games in 2019 as the Warriors’ starting center. The Woodland Park, N.J. native has been a staple of the team’s offense throughout his career, appearing in 31 total games since 2017.

Norcia enjoyed a productive spring campaign to earn the first all-conference honor in his career. Over two games, he led the team’s receiving core with 11 catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns. He started the year with four receptions for 43 yards with a score against Bryant, and then followed that up with the best game of his career. The Everett, Mass. native caught a career-high seven balls for a career-best 68 yards and another score. He tied for the team lead in catches, led Merrimack in receiving yards and touchdowns this spring.

Merrimack boasted one of the top defensive end tandems in the conference in Hagerman and Lenon. For the former, he landed on the All-NEC Second Team after being selected as a preseason all-conference performer as well. Hagerman ranked second on the team in tackles with 18, third on the squad in tackles for loss (3.5) while also contributing 1.5 sacks. He now has 13.5 sacks over 24 career games, the seventh most in school history.

After an impactful freshman season, Lenon continued his strong play this spring. He led both Merrimack and the NEC with three sacks. He also led the Warriors with five tackles for loss, recording one sack in each of the team’s three games this spring. The Baltimore, Md. native added one pass break-up, one quarterback hurry and a team-leading two fumble recoveries.

Holden’s season featured strong play on the backend of the team’s defense. The defensive back led Merrimack with six PBU’s, pacing the NEC with an average of 2.0 per game. Holden enjoyed a strong season finale at LIU, breaking up four throws to match the highest single-game total in all of NCAA FCS this past season. He also finished the year with four tackles.

McKenzie led Merrimack in interceptions to highlight the cornerback’s all-league campaign. He added nine tackles, which were tied for the most among the team’s cornerbacks. The Berlin, Md. native broke up two passes overall, while also serving as one of the team’s kickoff returners. McKenzie will enter the fall with four career interceptions and 16 PBU’s, which ranks as the 11th-most in school history.

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