MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair State University proudly announced this week that their former All-American cornerback C.J. Conway was one of six players signed to the New York Giants 10-member practice squad.
The Giants announced that Conway was added to the practice team with the Giants this past Sunday, making him the first Red Hawk to start the season with a National Football League club since 2001.
Conway follows in the footsteps of offensive lineman John Kuzora, who was signed by the Giants practice squad for the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
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Conway participated in the Rookie Mini-Camp in June and was signed by the Giants on August 24. He played in both of New York's final two preseason games, making a pair of tackles versus the Jets on August 29 and played on defense and special teams in the final preseason contest at World Champion New England last Thursday, says MSU officials.
Conway was released by the club in the final cutdown on Saturday, but was brought back on Sunday and will be one of 10 players on the team's practice squad.
Conway closed out his career as the NJAC Male Athlete of the Year for 2014 with Montclair State in 2014. He earned placement on several All-America Teams and was chosen to the American Football Coaches Association Division III Team as well as First Team by USA Football. He was also an Honorable Mention selection by D3Football.com
According to the release, Conway was a First-Team D3Football All-Region and First-Team All-NJAC honoree, led the NJAC in passes defended with 17 and was second with eight interceptions as he also registered 51 tackles and forced two fumbles.
Conway ranked third in the nation in interceptions (0.8 per game) and was 11th in passes defended. A two-time NJAC Defensive Player of the Week selection, Conway finished with 12 career picks which is sixth all-time in MSU history. He also ended his career with 33 pass breakups, second-best on the career list.