Spence and Moore Named Sports Network All-Americans
Philadelphia, PENN - Junior running back Keshaudas Spence (Dorchester, MA) and junior defensive lineman Troy Moore (Worcester, MA) were both named to The Sports Network FCS All-America Team announced on Wednesday afternoon. Spence (2nd Team) and Moore (Third Team) helped lead the Pioneers to the 2013 Northeast Conference Championship and earn the program's first-ever berth into the FCS Playoffs.
On his way to breaking the Sacred Heart single-season rushing record in 2013, Keshaudas Spence ran for 1,669 yards and 13 touchdowns. Spence currently ranks second in the NEC in rushing yards per game and 6th in all of the FCS. With his 22-yard touchdown run in a week 12 win over Duquesne, Spence broke Ed Pricolo's 2004 single season rushing record (1,339 rush yards). Spence ran for a career high 211 yards in a 59-36 win over Central Connecticut State on October 12th. The workhorse back all season long, Spence also broke the Sacred Heart single-season rushing attempts record with 281 carries this season. In the Pioneers' FCS Playoff loss at Fordham, Spence ran for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
After three seasons in the Sacred Heart backfield, the junior running back is just 87 yards shy of Pricolo's all-time Sacred Heart rushing record of 3,052 career yards.
Troy Moore was a key part to a Sacred Heart defensive line that led the NEC in sacks (41), tackles for loss (120), and rushing defense (110.4 yds/gm). Sacred Heart's 120 tackles for loss led the entire country. Starting all 12 games for SHU, Moore finished the regular season first on the team with 8.5 sacks, and second on the team with 16.5 tackles for loss. The Massachusetts native was named NEC Defensive Player of the Week after a three sack, six tackles for loss performance at Bryant on October 18th.
Both Moore and Spence will back next season as the Pioneer attempt to defend their NEC Championship.