Fresh off its 2011 Northeast Conference regular season title, the Duquesne football team is back to its winning ways, opening the season with a 3-1 record. Despite losing 13 of 22 starters from last year, the Dukes have gelled quickly and seem poised to make another run at a championship.
After opening the season with a loss at national-ranked Old Dominion, the Red and Blue have rattled off three straight wins, including a win over NEC conference foe Bryant and non-conference opponents Valparaiso and Dayton.
Offensively, the Dukes are led by senior quarterback Sean Patterson and senior running back Larry McCoy who have accounted for 13 of the team’s 14 offensive touchdowns thus far. McCoy has rambled for 498 yards and seven touchdowns in four games while Patterson has thrown for 788 yards and six scores. On the receiving end of those six touchdowns has been Gianni Carter, Noel Oduho and Sean Brady with two scores apiece.
Defensively, the Red and Blue have had several key contributors led by senior Pre-Season All-American defensive back Serge Kona and senior linebackers Horvin Latimer and Chidozie Oparanozie. Kona leads DU with four passes defended and three interceptions while Latimer and Oparanozie share the team-lead with 30 tackles each. Junior linebacker Dorian Bell has also made some big plays with his 27 tackles, team-best two forced fumbles and team-best 4.5 tackles for a loss.