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William and Mary Lands Role Of CAA Football Favorite In 2011

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 07/27/2011
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BALTIMORE, Md. (July 27, 2011) -- William and Mary, which earned a share of the CAA Football crown a year ago, is favored to win the CAA Football Championship in 2011 according to a vote of the league's 11 head coaches and media relations personnel. The results of the poll, along with the Preseason All-CAA Football squad, were officially announced during Wednesday's CAA Football Media Day at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

William and Mary running back Jonathan Grimes and Delaware running back Andrew Pierce, along with Massachusetts linebacker Tyler Holmes headlined the 2011 CAA Football Preseason All-CAA Football squad as Preseason Players of the Year. Grimes, the most decorated student-athlete in CAA Football history having earned eight postseason honors in just three seasons, ranked fourth in the league piling up 887 rushing yards for a Tribe squad in 2010.

Pierce enjoyed one of the finest seasons ever for a Blue Hen runner in 2010 as he rushed 329 times for 1,655 yards and 14 touchdowns. He set Delaware freshman records for carries in a season, yards rushing in a game (200 vs. Duquesne) and a season, rushing touchdowns in a season and total touchdowns (16) in a season.

Holmes finished his junior campaign in 2010 with a team-best 110 tackles and five sacks for the Minutemen. As a fifth-place finisher in the Buck Buchanan National Defensive Player of the Year balloting a year ago, Holmes earned First Team All-America honors from The Sports Network, AFCA, Associated Press and College Sporting News.

James Madison, which placed four on the Preseason All-CAA Football squad, earned four first-place votes to come in second in the league race. Delaware, also a 2010 CAA Football Champion with the Tribe, picked up two first-place votes and finished third in the overall voting. New Hampshire picked up two first-place votes, while Massachusetts earned one to log fourth and fifth place in the league race, respectively. Richmond came in at No. 6, while Villanova landed at No. 7. Rhode Island, which garnered one first-place vote, was eighth while Maine came in at No. 9. The league's newcomer in Old Dominion was at No. 10 in the predicted order of finish, and Towson rounded out the polling at No. 11.

CAA Football Media Day Live, a two-hour broadcast of 2011 CAA Football Media Day on ESPN3.com, will highlight today's annual kickoff event. CAA Football Media Day Live, the first broadcast of its kind at the NCAA Division I Football Championship level, will air 10 a.m.-12 p.m., live from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., and feature each of the league's head coaches as well as selected student-athletes from around the league.

Not only will CAA Football and FCS fans around the country be able to watch the show previewing the upcoming 2011 season, but the league encourages them to interact with each other and the conference regarding media day. CAA Football will run a CoverItLive blog on CAAFootballblog.com in conjunction with the ESPN3 broadcast, and will also post updates throughout the day using its Twitter and Facebook feeds. The official twitter hashtag for the 2011 CAA Football Media Day and Media Day Live ESPN3 broadcast is #CAAFBmd. Official tweets will include this hashtag and all media and fans are also asked to use it in their tweets related to the event.

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2011 CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Position Name Year Height Weight School
Running Back Jonathan Grimes Senior 5-10 201 William and Mary
Running Back Andrew Pierce Sophomore 5-11 200 Delaware
           
2011 CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Position Name Year Height Weight School
Linebacker Tyler Holmes Senior 6-0 220 Massachusetts
           
2011 CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
OFFENSE
Position Name Year Height Weight School
Quarterback Steve Probst Senior 6-4 227 Rhode Island
Running Back Jonathan Grimes Senior 5-10 201 William and Mary
Running Back Andrew Pierce Sophomore 5-11 200 Delaware
Fullback Kendall Gaskins Junior 6-1 228 Richmond
Wide Receiver Tre Gray Senior 5-10 175 Richmond
Wide Receiver Julian Talley Senior 6-1 185 Massachusetts
Wide Receiver Norman White Senior 6-3 215 Villanova
Tight End Alex Gottlieb Senior 6-4 255 William and Mary
Offensive Line Roane Babington Senior 6-2 275 James Madison
Offensive Line Gino Gradkowski Senior 6-4 294 Delaware
Offensive Line Rob McDowell Senior 6-3 276 Delaware
Offensive Line James Pagliaro Senior 6-3 284 William and Mary
Offensive Line Dan Shirey Junior 6-2 290 Villanova
           
DEFENSE
Position Name Year Height Weight School
Defensive Line Michael Atunrase Senior 6-2 261 Delaware
Defensive Line Frank Beltre Junior 6-2 225 Towson
Defensive Line Marcus Hyde Senior 6-3 242 William and Mary
Defensive Line Antoine Lewis Sophomore 6-3 270 Villanova
Defensive Line Brian McNally Senior 6-3 266 New Hampshire
Linebacker Dante Cook Junior 5-11 213 William and Mary
Linebacker Matt Evans Junior 6-0 233 New Hampshire
Linebacker Tyler Holmes Senior 6-0 220 Massachusetts
Linebacker Stephon Robertson Sophomore 5-11 210 James Madison
Linebacker Paul Worrilow Junior 6-0 230 Delaware
Safety Jerron McMillian Senior 5-11 215 Maine
Safety Vidal Nelson Senior 5-11 205 James Madison
Cornerback James Pitts Senior 6-0 185 Villanova
Cornerback B.W. Webb Junior 5-11 175 William and Mary
           
SPECIAL TEAMS
Position Name Year Height Weight School
Return Specialist Travis Hurd Sophomore 5-8 180 Rhode Island
Placekicker Wil Kamin Junior 5-9 175 Richmond
Punter David Skahn Junior 6-2 175 James Madison
           
2011 CAA FOOTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH (first-place votes)
1.  William and Mary (12)        
2.  James Madison (4)          
3.  Delaware (2)          
4.  New Hampshire (2)          
5.  Massachusetts (1)          
6.  Richmond          
7.  Villanova          
8.  Rhode Island (1)          
9.  Maine          
10.  Old Dominion          
11.  Towson          
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