Villanova Picked As League Favorites
Villanova, which returns 17 starters from its 2009 NCAA Division I National Championship squad, is the overwhelming pick to win the CAA Football Championship in 2010 according to a vote of the league’s 10 head coaches and media relations personnel.  The results of the poll, along with the Preseason All-Conference squads, were officially announced during CAA Football Media Day at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

Villanova senior wide receiver/returnman Matt Szczur and senior linebacker Terence Thomas headlined the 2010 CAA Football Preseason All-Conference squad as each were named Preseason Players of the Year.  Thomas, who is one of the league’s eight returning All-America honorees, led the Wildcats with 116 stops in 2009 and has yet to miss a start in his three-year career.  Szczur, who recently signed a Major League Baseball contract with the Chicago Cubs, is slated to return to campus in early August to take part in preseason camp with the Wildcats.  Szczur led the league in all-purpose yardage last season by averaging nearly 150 yards a game which helped him become CAA Football’s first-ever Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Year in the same season.

2010 CAA FOOTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH (first-place votes)
1.  Villanova (17)
2.  William and Mary
3.  New Hampshire (2)
4.  James Madison
5.  Delaware (1)
6.  Richmond
7.  Maine
8.  Massachusetts
9.  Rhode Island
10.  Towson

 

CAA Football In The Polls
For a complete rundown of both the Sports Network/Fathead.com Top-25 and the FCS Coaches Poll visit page 12 of the weekly release.  Below are highlights and notes about CAA Football in this week’s rankings.

The Sports Network Top-25
-- The league’s four squads in the top 10 each extended individual program streaks as Richmond has now been ranked 10th-or-better 35-straight weeks.  Villanova has not fallen out of the Top 10 in 24-straight weeks, William and Mary has been above the 10th-spot 14-straight weeks and New Hampshire has been among the Top 10 three-straight weeks.

-- CAA Football makes up four of the Top 10, while both the Southern (Appalachian State and Elon) and Missouri Valley (Southern Illinois and South Dakota State) Conferences boast two in the Top 10.  The Big Sky is represented in the Top 10 by Montana while Stephen F. Austin gives the Southland Conference representation in the group of 10.

-- The league has now had at least three teams ranked every week since The Sports Network’s poll began and two teams among the  poll’s Top 10 in 70-straight weeks.

FCS Coaches Top-25
-- CAA Football makes up four of the Top 10, while both the Southern (Appalachian State and Elon) and Missouri Valley (Southern Illinois and South Dakota State) Conferences boast two in the Top 10.  The Big Sky is represented in the Top 10 by Montana while Stephen F. Austin gives the Southland Conference representation in the group of 10.

-- The league has now had at least four teams ranked among the Top 10 in the Coaches poll 17-straight weeks dating back to the Nov. 23, 2008 edition.

-- CAA Football has also had at least four squads ranked every week in the FCS Coaches poll since it debuted in 2007.

 

Bring On The BCS/FBS
CAA Football logged a record-breaking total of four wins over BCS/FBS opponents last season.  New Hampshire (Ball State), Richmond (Duke), Villanova (Temple) and William and Mary (Virginia) all added BCS/FBS victories to the league’s total of 29 non-conference wins in 2009.

The league has an all-time mark of 27-112 (.194) against BCS/FBS opponents dating back to the 1978 I-A/I-AA split by the NCAA.  Prior to 2009, the league had not beaten more than three BCS/FBS squads in a single season.

CAA Football finished the 2009 season 2-1 against the Mid-American Conference and had a .500 (2-2) mark against the Atlantic Coast Conference (BCS).  The only wins for FCS squads, as recognized by the NCAA, over BCS/FBS teams last season came from CAA Football (4-86).

Note: Central Arkansas (Southland, FCS) beat Western Kentucky (Sun Belt, FBS), 28-7, Sept. 19, but was in its final year of NCAA Division I FCS transition and was not recognized as an FCS program in the NCAA statistics.

CAA Football has won 18 games versus BCS/FBS opponents since 2000.  The league has garnered at least one win over BCS/FBS foes in seven of the last eight years, and multiple wins over BCS/FBS teams in six of the last eight years.

For a complete list of CAA Football’s wins over BCS/FBS opponents check out page 17 of the weekly release.

 

It’s A Gift
CAA Football’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Matt Szczur can be described in one phrase -- “God-Given Talent”.

Last fall the senior helped lead Villanova to its first-ever football National Championship in 2010 after ranking as the only player in major college football to record touchdowns passing, rushing, receiving and returning a kick.  In the spring he batted .436 and earned First Team All-Big East honors in baseball.

Szczur’s success didn’t end there.  In early June he was selected in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs and began his professional baseball career July 7.  The success he had while in college carried over evidenced by a 21-game hitting streak which started in his first professional game.  By the end of the summer Szczur had moved up three levels in the Cubs’ organization to Class A Peoria after batting .347 with an on-base percentage of .414.

All that success, and guess where Szczur will be Sept. 3...leading the defending National Champion Villanova Wildcats into Lincoln Financial Field to defend its Mayor Cup title against Temple.

 

Poll Position
Villanova, William and Mary, Richmond and New Hampshire’s spots in the Preseason Sports Network/Fathead.com Top-10 mark some of the nation’s longest active streaks for Top-10 rankings.  The Spiders have been part of the Sports Network’s Top-10 for 35-straight weeks trailing only Appalachian State’s 63-week string.  Villanova’s 24-straight weeks in the Top-10 is right behind Richmond, while William and Mary’s mark of 14-straight ranks as the sixth-longest string.  New Hampshire extended a three-week Top-10 streak by its No. 10 spot in the preseason poll.

Team - Consecutive Weeks In SN/F Top-10
No. 3  Appalachian State - 63
No. 6  Richmond - 35
No. 1  Villanova - 24
No. 2  Montana - 23
No. 5  Southern Illinois - 18
No. 4  William and Mary - 14
No. 7  Elon - 10
No. 10  New Hampshire - 3
No. 2  Stephen F. Austin - 2
No. 9  South Dakota State - 1

 

CAA Football Has Five on the Walter Payton Award Watch List
The Payton Award race kicked off July 12 as seven finalists from last season were announced as part of a 20-player Watch List for the Football Championship Subdivision’s top individual honor.

The Payton Award is in its 24th season and will be presented to the FCS National Player of the Year on Thursday, Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas - the night before the national championship game.

Reigning National Champion Villanova boasts three on the Watch List -- seniors Ben Ijalana, Matt Szczur and Chris Whitney.  Szczur finished 21st in the Payton balloting last season, while Ijalana has already been named to the 2010 Outland Trophy Watch list.  Delaware senior Pat Devlin, who was 17th in the 2009 award voting, is also part of the 2010 Watch List while William and Mary’s junior Jonathan Grimes is a newcomer to the preseason list.

CAA Football logged five standouts on the preseason list, equalling the Big Sky’s total of five which is the most from any of the 13 FCS conferences honored.

Walter Payton Award Watch List Honorees
-- Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware
-- Jonathan Grimes, RB, William and Mary
-- Ben Ijalana, OL, Villanova
-- Matt Szczur, WR/RS, Villanova
-- Chris Whitney, QB, Villanova

 

CAA Football Has Four on the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List
The Buchanan Award is in its 16th season and will be presented to the FCS National Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday, Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas - the night before the national championship game.  CAA Football will be looking for a repeat in 2010, as James Madison defensive end Arthur Moats won the honor last season.  Moats, who is making the switch from defensive end to inside linebacker with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, became the second Duke and CAA Football student-athlete to log the honor.

2008 National Champion Richmond boasts three on this year’s Watch List -- seniors Eric McBride, Martin Parker and Justin Rogers.  Parker finished 13th in the 2009 Buchanan voting while both McBride and Rogers have already earned several preseason honors.  Senior Terence Thomas, who made eight tackles and a sack in Villanova’s National Champion win last season, is a newcomer to the preseason list of 20 student-athletes.

CAA Football logged four standouts on the preseason list, equalling the Southern Conference total of four which is the most from any of the 13 FCS conferences honored.

Buck Buchanan Award Watch List Honorees
-- Eric McBride, LB, Richmond
-- Martin Parker, DL, Richmond
-- Justin Rogers, DB, Richmond
-- Terence Thomas, LB, Villanova

 

Delaware’s Devlin Named To The Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List
Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin was selected to the Watch List for the 2010 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

The honor is bestowed annually to the top senior quarterback in the nation by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Foundation and acknowledges performance on the field, character, citizenship, and integrity. The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc., has awarded more than $525,000 in scholarships to deserving scholar-athletes from local area high schools both in Maryland and Kentucky.

Devlin, a native of Downingtown, Pa., was the only NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision player named to the watch list.

Devlin started all 11 games and completed 220 of 344 passes for 2,664 yards and 16 touchdowns against nine interceptions a year ago, his first with the Blue Hens after transferring from Penn State.

His 242.2 passing yards per game led CAA Football and ranked No. 17 nationally in the FCS.  In a season-ending loss to eventual FCS National Champion Villanova, Devlin enjoyed his finest statistical performance, completing a school record 42 passes for 407 yards, which ranks sixth for a single-game performance in Delaware history. He will serve as a team co-captain this fall.

 

Villanova’s Ijalana Named To The Outland Trophy Watch List
Villanova senior offensive tackle Ben Ijalana was one of 63 players named to the 2010 Outland Trophy Watch List released in June. The Outland Trophy, which has been presented annually since 1946, is given to the nation’s top interior lineman.

Ijalana is the only member of the list of 63 who plays for an FCS program. The 2010 Outland Trophy winner will be announced on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 9.

Last season, Ijalana helped Villanova win the Division I National Championship and earned a spot on both the Sports Network and Walter Camp All-America teams. A two-time First Team All-CAA Football selection, Ijalana has started all 39 games of his Villanova career.  The 6-4, 320 pound Ijalana is a native of Hainesport, N.J., and a graduate of Rancocas Valley High School.

 

CAA Football In The Preseason Publications
Throughout the summer months and into the preseason camp schedules numerous publications announced Top 25 polls and ratings.  CAA Football had a top-rated squad in five of the six preseason rankings.  Villanova is the consensus No. 1 heading into its season-opener against Temple when looking at The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 and the FCS Coaches Poll.  The Wildcats also garnered the top-spot in four other preseason polls and rankings.  William and Mary also earned a preseason No. 1 ranking in Phil Steele’s College Football Preview, while the Tribe was among the Top-10 in five other preseason publications.  The league showed on average six squads among the preseason Top 25, while Athlon Sports’ preview had seven CAA Football teams among its Top 25.

Phil Steele Preseason Top 25
1.  William and Mary
3.  Villanova
8.  James Madison
15.  Delaware
17.  Richmond
28.  New Hampshire
38.  Maine

Sporting News Preseason Top 25
1.  Villanova
5.  Richmond
8.  James Madison
10.  New Hampshire
13.  William and Mary
18.  Delaware

Lindy’s Preseason Top 25
1.  Villanova
3.  Richmond
10.  William and Mary
18.  Delaware
22.  New Hampshire

Athlon Sports Preseason Top 25
1.  Villanova
3.  Richmond
5.  William and Mary
11.  James Madison
14.  New Hampshire
16.  Delaware
22.  Maine

AnyGivenSaturday.com Preseason Poll
1.  Villanova
4.  William and Mary
6.  New Hampshire
8.  Richmond
15.  Delaware
16.  James Madison

USA Today College Football Sports Weekly Top 25
3.  Villanova
5.  Richmond
6.  New Hampshire
7.  William and Mary
16.  Delaware
17.  James Madison

 

FCS Non-Conference Domination
CAA Football schools are a combined 63-14 (.818) against non-conference FCS regular-season competition since the 2007 season.  League schools combined to go 21-4 (.840) against non-conference FCS regular-season in 2007, then compiled a 25-5 (.833) non-conference regular season FCS mark in 2008.  Last season CAA Football squads were 17-5 (.773) in non-league regular season games against FCS opponents.

For more information on the league’s marks in non-conference competition visit page 17 of the weekly release.

 

2010 CAA Football -- Did You Know...
-- CAA Football was a combined 29-14 against non-conference opponents in 2009, including a 6-1 mark in the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

-- CAA Football was the only FCS league to earn victories over BCS/FBS foes in 2009 as recognized by the NCAA.

-- A CAA Football program has won four of the last seven National Championships, while the other three have gone to one school -- Appalachian State (Southern Conference).  The league’s four National Championships in that span have gone to four different league squads.

-- CAA Football has been represented in the NCAA Division I National Championship game in six of the last seven seasons.

-- Northeastern (1993-2009) and Hofstra (2001-09), previously part of CAA Football lineage, ended football programs following the 2009 season.

-- CAA Football, now a 10-team one-division league, will welcome Old Dominion to its membership in the 2011 season and Georgia State in the 2012 season.

-- CAA Football returns eight All-Americans from the 2009 season -- Rhode Island’s Rob Damon, Massachusetts’ Tyler Holmes, Villanova’s Ben Ijalana, Richmond’s Eric McBride, Richmond’s Martin Parker, Richmond’s Justin Rogers, Villanova’s Matt Szczur and Villanova’s Terence Thomas.

 

WEST CHESTER AT #16/19 DELAWARE
Thursday, Sept. 2 - 7 pm
Delaware Stadium (22,000), Newark, Del.
Series:  Delaware leads 44-6-1

Delaware (0-0, 0-0 CAA)

    Coach:  K.C. Keeler
    Career:  150-60-1 (17 years)
    School:  62-39 (9 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  David Hayes (11 G, 101-409 yards, 2 TD)
    Passing:  Pat Devlin (11 G, 220-344-9-2664 yards, 16 TD)
    Receiving:  Mark Mackey (11 G, 33-374 yards, 1 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Bernard Makumbi (11 G, 39 solo, 28 assisted, 67 total)
    Sacks:  Chris Morales (8 G, 3.0-24 yards)
    Interceptions:  Anthony Bratton (9 G, 4-37 yards) 


West Chester (0-0)
    Coach:  Bill Zwaan
    Career:  115-40 (14 years)
    School:  61-26 (8 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  D’Andre Webb (11 G, 81-423 yards, 7 TD)
    Passing: None
    Receiving:  Dan DePalma (11 G, 45-832 yards, 9 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Cordero Newkirk (11 G, 34 solo, 4 assisted, 38 total)
    Sacks: Travis Ford-Bey (11 G, 3.5-15 yards)
    Interceptions:  Cordero Newkirk (11 G, 1-66 yards)

 

ALBANY AT MAINE
Thursday, Sept. 2 - 7 pm
Alfond Stadium (10,000), Orono, Maine
Series:  Albany leads 2-1

Albany  (0-0)

    Coach:  Bob Ford
    Career:  232-147 (38 years)
    School:  232-147 (38 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Andrew Smith (11 G, 64-379 yards, 5 TD)
    Passing:  Andrew Smith (11 G, 2-2-0-44 yards, 1 TD)
    Receiving:  Jason Poore (11 G, 26-243 yards, 2 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Ross Bertrand (10 G, 28 solo, 10 assisted, 38 total)
    Sacks:  Trevor Anderson (11 G, 3.0-20 yards)
    Interceptions:  Jake Ciccarello (11 G, 2-33 yards) 


Maine (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
    Coach:  Jack Cosgrove
    Career:  93-101 (18 years)
    School:  93-101 (18 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Derek Session (11 G, 119-479 yards, 3 TD)
    Passing:  Warren Smith (8 G, 159-260-13-1695 yards, 12 TD)
    Receiving:  Tyrell Jones (11 G, 48-547 yards, 6 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Donte Dennis (11 G, 50 solo, 56 assisted, 106 total)
    Sacks: Jerron McMillian (11 G, 2.0-7 yards)
    Interceptions:  Jerron McMillian (11 G, 5-65 yards)

 

RHODE ISLAND AT BUFFALO
Thursday, Sept. 2 - 7 pm
UB Stadium (29,013), Buffalo, N.Y.
Television:  TWCS
Series:  Buffalo leads 3-0

Rhode Island (0-0, 0-0 CAA)

    Coach:  Joe Trainer
    Career:  14-30 (5 years)
    School:  1-10 (2 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Ayo Isijola (10 G, 85-365 yards, 1 TD)
    Passing:  Chris Paul-Etienne (10 G, 143-268-7-1745 yards, 14 TD)
    Receiving:  Tyquan Bynum (11 G, 38-506 yards, 2 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Rob Damon (11 G, 60 solo, 64 assisted, 124 total)
    Sacks:  Matt Hansen (10 G, 4.0-24 yards)
    Interceptions:  Jarrod Williams (11 G, 4-34 yards) 


Buffalo (0-0)
    Coach:  Jeff Quinn
    Career:  0-0 (First year)
    School:  0-0 (First year)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Ike Nduka (8 G, 96-598 yards, 6 TD)
    Passing:  Jerry Davis (5 G, 8-15-0-145 yards, 1 TD)
    Receiving:  Terrell Jackson (11 G, 25-250 yards, 0 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Davonte Shannon (12 G, 50 solo, 47 assisted, 97 total)
    Sacks: Steven Means (12 G, 5.0-39 yards)
    Interceptions:  Davonte Shannon (12 G, 2-50 yards)

 

TOWSON AT INDIANA
Thursday, Sept. 2 - 7:30 pm
Memorial Stadium (52,692), Bloomington, Ind.
Television: B10
Series:  First Meeting

Towson (0-0, 0-0 CAA)

    Coach:  Rob Ambrose
    Career:  5-16 (3 years)
    School:  2-9 (2 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Tremayne Dameron (11 G, 177-588 yards, 8 TD)
    Passing:  Peter Athens (6 G, 59-112-12-691 yards, 6 TD)
    Receiving:  Hakeem Moore (9 G, 28-286 yards, 1 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Danny Collins (5 G, 35 solo, 31 assisted, 66 total)
    Sacks: Josh McCants (10 G, 3.0-18 yards)
    Interceptions:  Ray White (11 G, 3-52 yard)

Indiana (0-0)
    Coach:  Bill Lynch
    Career:  95-90-3(18 years)
    School:  14-23 (4 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Darius Willis (9 G, 123-607 yards, 6 TD)
    Passing:  Ben Chappell (12 G, 268-428-15-2941 yards, 17 TD)
    Receiving:  Tandon Doss (12 G, 77-962 yards, 5 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Tyler Replogle (11 G, 51 solo, 29 assisted, 80 total)
    Sacks: Adam Replogle (11 G, 4.0-16 yards)
    Interceptions:  Tyler Replogle (11 G, 1-30 yards)

 

#1/1 VILLANOVA AT TEMPLE
Friday, Sept. 3 - 5 pm
Lincoln Financial Field (68,532), Philadelphia, Pa.
Television: ESPN3
Series:  Villanova leads 15-12-2

Villanova (0-0, 0-0 CAA)

    Coach:  Andy Talley
    Career:  207-120-2 (31 years)
    School:  179-102-1 (26 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Chris Whitney (15 G, 203-987 yards, 6 TD)
    Passing:  Chris Whitney (15 G, 159-246-4-1936 yards, 18 TD)
    Receiving:  Matt Szczur (15 G, 51-610 yards, 4 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Terence Thomas (15 G, 68 solo, 48 assisted, 116 total)
    Sacks:  Terence Thomas (15 G, 8.5-57 yards)
    Interceptions:  Jimmy Pitts (15 G, 4-16 yards) 


Temple (0-0)
    Coach:  Al Golden
    Career:  19-30 (5 years)
    School:  19-30 (5 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Bernard Pierce (12 G, 236-1361 yards, 16 TD)
    Passing:  Chester Stewart (9 G, 26-65-3-514 yards, 3 TD)
    Receiving:  Joe Jones (13 G, 28-387 yards, 1 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Jaiquawn Jarrett (13 G, 46 solo, 30 assisted, 76 total)
    Sacks: Adrian Robinson (13 G, 13.0-64 yards)
    Interceptions:  Marquise Liverpool (5 G, 3-88 yards)

 

#4/4 WILLIAM AND MARY AT MASSACHUSETTS
Saturday, Sept. 4 - 3:30 pm
McGuirk Stadium (17,000), Amherst, Mass.
Television:  TCN/CSN-NE/COX11
Series:  Massachusetts leads 7-4

William and Mary (0-0, 0-0 CAA)

    Coach:  Jimmye Laycock
    Career:  200-141-2 (31 years)
    School:  200-141-2 (31 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Jonathan Grimes (14 G, 277-1294 yards, 9 TD)
    Passing:  Terrance Schmand (4 G, 4-7-0-57 yards, 0 TD)
    Receiving:  Jonathan Grimes (14 G, 46-289 yards, 1 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Jake Trantin (14 G, 49 solo, 41 assisted, 90 total)
    Sacks:  Michael Stover (13 G, 5.5-39 yards)
    Interceptions:  B.W. Webb (14 G, 8-160 yards) 


Massachusetts (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
    Coach:  Kevin Morris
    Career:  29-38 (8 years)
    School:  5-6 (2 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Jon Hernandez (10 G, 121-577 yards, 8 TD)
    Passing:  Kyle Havens (10 G, 146-264-15-1908 yards, 9 TD)
    Receiving:  Julian Talley (11 G, 28-350 yards, 1 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Tyler Holmes (10 G, 50 solo, 60 assisted, 110 total)
    Sacks: Tyler Holmes (10 G, 1.0-9 yards)
    Interceptions:  Tyler Holmes (10 G, 4-12 yards)

 

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE AT #10/9 NEW HAMPSHIRE
Saturday, Sept. 4 - 12 pm
Cowell Stadium (6,500), Durham, N.H.
Series:  New Hampshire leads 5-0

Central Connecticut State (0-0)

    Coach:  Jeff McInerney
    Career:  30-15 (5 years)
    School:  30-15 (5 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Bryan Fowler (12 G, 76-526 yards, 2 TD)
    Passing:  None
    Receiving:  Josue Paul (12 G, 55-836 yards, 5 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Jeff Marino (12 G, 31 solo, 62 assisted, 93 total)
    Sacks:  Ricardo Gibson (11 G, 3.0-22 yards)
    Interceptions:  London Lomax (12 G, 2-24 yards) 


New Hampshire (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
    Coach:  Sean McDonnell
    Career:  80-53 (12 years)
    School:  80-53 (12 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Sean Jellison (13 G, 97-424 yards, 7 TD)
    Passing:  R.J. Toman (12 G, 174-320-11-2181 yards, 15 TD)
    Receiving:  Kevon Mason (13 G, 21-261 yards, 1 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Devon Jackson (12 G, 44 solo, 54 assisted, 98 total)
    Sacks: Brian McNally (12 G, 4.0-17 yards)
    Interceptions:  Dino Vasso (13 G, 5-89 yards)

 

MOREHEAD STATE AT #15/15 JAMES MADISON
Saturday, Sept. 4 - 6 pm
Bridgeforth Stadium (15,500), Harrisonburg, Va.
Series:  James Madison leads 4-2

Morehead State (0-0)

    Coach:  Matt Ballard
    Career:  122-101-1 (21 years)
    School:  87-76 (16 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Desmond Cox (11 G, 80-305 yards, 1 TD)
    Passing:  Zach Lewis (7 G, 86-161-7-813 yards, 4 TD)
    Receiving:  Ronnie McDermott (11 G, 30-309 yards, 2 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Tony Bachman (11 G, 18 solo, 38 assisted, 56 total)
    Sacks:  Mark Hall (11 G, 3.5-20 yards)
    Interceptions:  Daryl Smith (10 G, 2-34 yards) 


James Madison (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
    Coach:  Mickey Matthews
    Career:  82-51 (12 years)
    School:  82-51 (12 years)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Justin Thorpe (11 G, 148-654 yards, 5 TD)
    Passing:  Justin Thorpe (11 G, 82-145-9-1260 yards, 6 TD)
    Receiving:  Scott Noble (11 G, 16-235 yards, 1 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Pat Williams (11 G, 42 solo, 48 assisted, 90 total)
    Sacks: D.J. Bryant (11 G, 4.5-24 yards)
    Interceptions:  Jakarie Jackson (11 G, 3-31 yards)

 

# 6/6 RICHMOND AT VIRGINIA
Saturday, Sept. 4 - 6 pm
Scott Stadium (61,500), Charlottesville, Va.
Television:  ESPN3
Series:  Virginia leads 25-2-2

Richmond (0-0, 0-0 CAA)

    Coach:  Latrell Scott
    Career:  0-0 (First year)
    School:  0-0 (First year)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Garrett Wilkins (13 G, 61-282 yards, 2 TD)
    Passing:  John Laub (5 G, 9-18-1-122 yards, 0 TD)
    Receiving:  Tre Gray (13 G, 51-713 yards, 4 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Patrick Weldon (13 G, 39 solo, 58 assisted, 97 total)
    Sacks:  Martin Parker (13 G, 6.5-38 yards)
    Interceptions:  Justin Rogers (13 G, 3-11 yards) 


Virginia (0-0)
    Coach:  Mike London
    Career:  24-5 (2 years)
    School:  0-0 (First year)
Offense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Rushing:  Torrey Mack (9 G, 23-73 yards, 0 TD)
    Passing:  Marc Verica (6 G, 28-63-1-156 yards, 0 TD)
    Receiving:  Kris Burd (12 G, 31-413 yards, 1 TD)
Defense (category leader who returns in 2010)
    Tackles:  Steve Greer (12 G, 49 solo, 43 assisted, 92 total)
    Sacks: Zane Parr (12 G, 3.5-16 yards)
    Interceptions:  Ras-I Dowling (12 G, 3-70 yards)