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Zanotto, Crawford earn NEC football awards


Career numbers over the weekend earned a pair of Duquesne football players weekly awards by the Northeast Conference.

Junior linebacker Brett Zanotto (Franklin Regional) was named defensive player of the week, while senior wide receiver Nehari Crawford was the top co-offensive player. The pair helped the Dukes move to 3-1 with a 31-26 win over Dayton on Saturday at Rooney Field.

Zanotto, who transferred from Maryland, registered a career-high 10 tackles, 2.5 for losses, and a pass breakup in the win.

He leads the Dukes with 28 tackles, 20 of them solo.

A preseason All-American, Crawford pulled in a career-best 11 receptions for 223 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard score. He shared the conference accolade with Wagner running back Ryan Fulse.

Crawford, from Fort Pierce, Fla., surpassed 2,000 career yards.

Duquesne travels to Hawaii next week.

Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at [email protected] or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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