2009 Preseason
All-CAA Football Offense

2009 Preseason
All-CAA Football Defense

 

BALTIMORE, Md. (July 29, 2009) -- Richmond, which returns 18 starters off last year’s NCAA National Championship team, and Villanova, which returns 16 starters from 2008, are picked to share the overall CAA Football Championship in 2009.  New Hampshire, last season’s North Division winner, was also picked to repeat in the North according to a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches and selected media.  The results of the poll, along with the Preseason All-Conference squads, were announced during Wednesday’s CAA Football Media Day at the ESPNZone in Baltimore, Md.

Richmond junior linebacker Eric McBride, William and Mary senior defensive end Adrian Tracy and New Hampshire junior quarterback R.J. Toman headlined the 2009 CAA Football Preseason All-Conference squad as all three were selected as Preseason Players of the Year.  McBride, who earned All-America honors as a sophomore in 2008, and Tracy, the league’s leader in sacks per game last season, shared Defensive honors while Toman picked up Offensive honors thanks a 2008 campaign which saw him rack up 3,000 yards passing and 28 touchdowns.

Richmond, which knocked off four league champions on its run to the 2008 NCAA National Championship, placed a total of five on the Preseason All-Conference squad.  McBride was joined by cornerback Justin Rogers on the defense.  Wide receiver Kevin Grayson logged preseason honors while Richmond’s Matt McCracken and Michael Silva made up two of the five preseason offensive linemen.

Villanova, which logged nine first-place votes among the Southern division, placed four on the preseason list including wide receiver Matt Szczur, offensive lineman Ben Ijalana, defensive lineman Tim Kukucka and linebacker Osayi Osunde.  James Madison, the 2008 CAA Football Champion, picked up one first-place vote in the South and finished third in divisional voting.  The Dukes, who became the league’s first undefeated league champion since 2006, placed three on the preseason squad including offensive lineman Dorian Brooks, defensive lineman Arthur Moats and return specialist Scotty McGee.

Delaware, selected fourth among the South Division, placed two on the preseason squad including defensive lineman Matt Marcorelle and safety Charles Graves.  William and Mary, which logged four preseason all-league honorees, came in fifth in South Division voting.  Running back Jonathan Grimes, placekicker Brian Pate and punter David Miller joined Tracy on the preseason all-conference squad.  Towson rounded out the South Division voting in sixth place.

Joining Toman on the preseason squad from Northern Division favorite New Hampshire was tight end Scott Sicko and cornerback Dino Vasso.  Massachusetts earned seven first-place divisional votes, and logged five preseason honorees including running back Tony Nelson, wide receiver Victor Cruz, offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse, linebacker Josh Jennings and safety Jeromy Miles.

Maine’s fullback Jared Turcotte earned preseason honors, while the Black Bears came in third among North Division voting.  Hofstra, selected fourth in the North Division, was represented by linebacker Luke Bonus on the preseason squad.  Northeastern and Rhode Island were picked fifth and sixth, respectively in the North.

CAA Football’s 2009 regular season is set to kick off Sept. 3 when Villanova travels across Philadelphia to face Temple and Maine hosts St. Cloud State.  The first CAA Football league contests of 2009 will take place Sept. 12 when Richmond travels to Delaware and Maine visits Northeastern.

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2009 CAA FOOTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

OVERALL CHAMPION -- Richmond & Villanova

North Division (First Place votes)
1.  New Hampshire (12)
2.  Massachusetts (7)
3.  Maine
4.  Hofstra
5.  Northeastern
6.  Rhode Island

South Division (First Place votes)
1.  Richmond (9)
1.  Villanova (9)
3.  James Madison (1)
4.  Delaware
5.  William and Mary
6.  Towson

2009 CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Position Name Year Height Weight School
Quarterback R.J. Toman Junior 6-1 195 New Hampshire






2009 CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Position Name Year Height Weight School
Linebacker Eric McBride Junior 6-2 214 Richmond
Defensive Line Adrian Tracy Senior 6-4 243 William and Mary






2009 CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
OFFENSE




Position Name Year Height Weight School
Quarterback R.J. Toman Junior 6-1 195 New Hampshire
Running Back Jonathan Grimes Sophomore 5-10 201 William and Mary
Running Back Tony Nelson Senior 5-10 210 Massachusetts
Fullback Jared Turcotte Sophomore 6-2 221 Maine
Wide Receiver Victor Cruz Senior 6-0 200 Massachusetts
Wide Receiver Kevin Grayson Junior 6-3 200 Richmond
Wide Receiver Matt Szczur Junior 5-11 195 Villanova
Tight End Scott Sicko Senior 6-3 230 New Hampshire
Offensive Line Dorian Brooks Senior 6-3 285 James Madison
Offensive Line Vladimir Ducasse Senior 6-5 315 Massachusetts
Offensive Line Ben Ijalana Junior 6-4 325 Villanova
Offensive Line Matt McCracken Senior 6-4 291 Richmond
Offensive Line Michael Silva Senior 6-5 300 Richmond






DEFENSE




Position Name Year Height Weight School
Defensive Line Tim Kukucka Senior 6-3 250 Villanova
Defensive Line Matt Marcorelle Senior 6-2 250 Delaware
Defensive Line Arthur Moats Senior 6-2 240 James Madison
Defensive Line Adrian Tracy Senior 6-4 243 William and Mary
Linebacker Luke Bonus Senior 5-10 205 Hofstra
Linebacker Josh Jennings Senior 6-0 220 Massachusetts
Linebacker Eric McBride Junior 6-2 214 Richmond
Linebacker Osayi Osunde Senior 6-1 235 Villanova
Safety Charles Graves Senior 6-0 195 Delaware
Safety Jeromy Miles Senior 6-2 215 Massachusetts
Cornerback Justin Rogers Junior 5-10 170 Richmond
Cornerback Dino Vasso Junior 5-10 175 New Hampshire






SPECIAL TEAMS




Position Name Year Height Weight School
Return Specialist Scotty McGee Senior 5-9 180 James Madison
Placekicker Brian Pate Senior 5-9 182 William and Mary
Punter David Miller Junior 6-0 183 William and Mary