Sacred Heart University football, the defending Northeast Conference Champions, had two student-athletes earn selection to the 2014 The Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America team. Troy Moore (Worcester, Mass.) was named First Team at defensive tackle, while Keshaudas Spence (Dorchester, Mass.) earned Second Team at running back.
"To be recognized with Preseason All-America selection is a tremendous accomplishment for Troy and Keshaudas," said third-year head coach Mark Nofri. "These two guys have worked very hard to become successful players and their dedication has helped us reach new heights as a program, including our first-ever FCS Championship appearance last fall. I am looking forward to them continuing to lead our program this season and seeing what new levels we can achieve."
Moore, a TSN Third Team All-America selection in 2013, finished the Pioneers championship run with 63 tackles, including a team-best 8.5 sacks. The 2013 NEC Defensive Player of the Year finished second on the roster with 16.5 tackles for loss, helping the Pioneers lead the nation in that category with 120. Moore was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week after a three sack, six tackle for loss effort in the Pioneers win over Bryant, one of three games in which he recorded eight or more tackles. Moore, a graduate of Bridgton Academy, was also named All-New England by the New England Football Writers Association.
A Catholic Memorial graduate, Spence earned TSN Second Team All-America honors after the 2013 campaign in which he set a single-season Pioneer rushing record of 1,669 yards, fourth-best in the FCS. The NEC Offensive Player of the Year broke the school's single-season rushing record with a 22-yard TD scamper versus Duquesne and set the single-game mark with a 211 yard effort in a win over Central Connecticut State. Spence, an All-New England selection, rushed for 194 yards and two scores in the Pioneers FCS Playoff game at Fordham.
Moore and Spence helped Sacred Heart to a 10-3 record last fall as the Pioneers captured their first-ever NEC Football Championship and advanced to the FCS Playoffs for the first time. In addition to numerous athletic honors, the Pioneers were recognized by the NEC with the league's Football Sportsmanship Award.
Sacred Heart begins the 2014 campaign on August 30, versus Marist, under the lights – the first of four consecutive home games to open the year. The Pioneers begin their NEC title defense on October 11 with a home game versus Robert Morris.