2009 CAA Football Players of the Year

2009 All-CAA Football First Team Offense

2009 All-CAA Football First Team Defense

2009 All-CAA Football First Team Special Teams

2009 All-CAA Football Second Team

2009 All-CAA Football Third Team


RICHMOND, Va. (November 23, 2009) -- After logging the highest number of postseason berths by any one conference in the 2009 NCAA Division I Football Championship field, CAA Football announced its 2009 All-Conference teams Monday.

The awards, voted on by the 12 CAA Football head coaches, were handed out following an exciting 2009 season which included a record four wins over FBS foes and as many as eight squads were ranked among the FCS Coaches’ Top-25 poll.

Villanova junior wide receiver/running back Matt Szczur was chosen as the 2009 CAA Football Offensive Player of the Year and the 2009 CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Year.  The league’s Defensive Player of the Year honor went to James Madison defensive lineman Arthur Moats, while Villanova head coach Andy Talley was named the league’s 2009 Coach of the Year.  Talley guided the Wildcats to the No. 2 overall seed in this season’s NCAA Division I Football Championship.  James Madison redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Thorpe was named the league’s top Offensive Rookie, while William and Mary defensive back B.W. Webb picked up CAA Football’s 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year honor.

2009 CAA Football Champions Richmond and Villanova led the way by each garnering six selections to the All-CAA Football First Team.  William and Mary was not far behind with five on the First Team, while both Massachusetts and Delaware logged four.  James Madison and New Hampshire each had two First Team selections, while Hofstra, Maine and Northeastern also had one on the league’s First Team.

Szczur, who head coach Andy Talley called the best player he has had on the Mainline since Brian Westbrook, was a do-it-all threat for the Wildcats’ offense logging touches as a wide receiver, running back and quarterback.  The junior was the only player in all of major college football (FBS and FCS) to log touchdowns as a receiver, rusher, returnman and quarterback.  Szczur, who logged 68 carries for 467 yards and five touchdowns for Villanova, also caught 36 balls for 358 yards.  Used as a Wildcat-formation quarterback, Szczur was perfect on three pass attempts during the regular season including two for touchdowns.  The Erma, N.J., native ended the regular season ranked third in the league in scoring touchdowns with a 5.5 points/game average on a total of 10 touchdowns in 2009.

As a returnman, Szczur proved his capabilities by totalling 629 yards and a touchdown on 23 returns in the 2009 regular season.  His average of 27.3 yards per return heading into the playoffs ranks second in CAA Football and fourth among the FCS national leaders.  Szczur’s 1,454 all-purpose yards in 2009 is second-best in the league standings, while his average of 132.2 all-purpose yards per game ranks as a Top-20 national mark.

Moats received Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the league in sacks, tackles for loss and defensive linemen tackles.  The Portsmouth, Va., native made 90 tackles in 11 games this season for a mark of 8.2 per game.  His 2.14 tackles for loss per game not only leads the league, but also ranks as the best regular-season mark in all of major college football (FBS and FCS).  Moats, who is listed on the Buck Buchanan Award ballot, totalled a league-best 11 sacks on the year and is tied with William and Mary defensive end Adrian Tracy in the category.

Talley, now in his 25th season at Villanova, garnered his first Coach of the Year honor since earning the award in 1997.  He guided the Wildcats to a share of the CAA Football title and the league’s automatic bid into the 2009 NCAA Division I Football Championship.  Talley, who led Villanova to its first league title since 2001, ranks as CAA Football’s winningest league-game coach after notching his 107th conference win Saturday over Delaware.  The 30-year coaching veteran also moved into esteemed company in 2009 when he garnered his 200th collegiate head coaching win.  With the Wildcats’ win over Rhode Island (Oct. 24), Talley joined a group of just 55 other NCAA football head coaches which have reached the 200-win plateau.

Thorpe, who began the 2009 season as part of a two-quarterback system at James Madison, was called on midway through the season to be JMU’s starter after an injury ended Drew Dudzik’s season.  Thorpe responded by finishing the season with 1,260 passing yards and six touchdowns to go with 654 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 148 carries.  Thorpe, a Richmond, Va., native, finished the regular season ranked sixth in the conference’s passing efficiency numbers with a mark of 130.8.  The redshirt freshman also was ninth among CAA Football’s total offense leaders with 174.0 yards/game.

Webb, who began his redshirt-freshman campaign with a three-interception performance in a win at Virginia, is the first-ever William and Mary player to win the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year honor.  Webb, who was one pick shy of the league’s single-game interceptions mark against the Cavaliers, was given the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor following his standout performance.  The Newport News, Va., native finished the regular season tied atop the league’s interception leaders with five, including 102 yards in interception returns and one touchdown.

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2009 CAA Football Major Awards (as voted on by the head coaches)

Matt Szczur, Villanova, Jr., WR/RB, Erma, N.J.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- Arthur Moats, James Madison, Sr., DL, Portsmouth, Va.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- Matt Szczur, Villanova, Jr., KR, Erma, N.J.
OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR -- Justin Thorpe, James Madison, Fr., QB, Richmond, Va.
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR -- B.W. Webb, William and Mary, Fr., DB, Newport News, Va.
COACH OF THE YEAR -- Andy Talley, Villanova, 25th Season

2009 All-CAA Football First Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
Position Player School Class
QB Chris Whitney Villanova Junior
RB John Griffin Northeastern Junior
RB Jonathan Grimes William and Mary Sophomore
FB/HB Chris Zardas Massachusetts Senior
WR Victor Cruz Massachusetts Senior
WR Mark Duncan Delaware Senior
WR Matt Szczur Villanova Junior
WR Landis Williams Maine Senior
TE Scott Sicko New Hampshire Senior
OL Dorian Brooks James Madison Senior
OL Vladimir Ducasse Massachusetts Senior
OL Ben Ijalana Villanova Junior
OL Matt McCracken Richmond Senior
OL Michael Silva Richmond Senior
PK Tom Manning New Hampshire Senior
KR Matt Szczur Villanova Junior
PR Derek Hatcher Richmond Senior
Position Player School Class
DL Brandon Gilbeaux Delaware Senior
DL Tim Kukucka Villanova Senior
DL Sean Lissemore William and Mary Senior
DL Arthur Moats James Madison Senior
DL Adrian Tracy William and Mary Senior
LB Luke Bonus Hofstra Senior
LB Eric McBride Richmond Junior
LB Collin McConaghy Richmond Senior
LB Terence Thomas Villanova Junior
CB Justin Rogers Richmond Junior
CB Anthony Walters Delaware Junior
S David Caldwell William and Mary Senior
S Charles Graves Delaware Senior
S Jeromy Miles Massachusetts Senior
P David Miller William and Mary Junior
2009 All-CAA Football Second Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
Position Player School Class
QB R.J. Archer William and Mary Senior
RB Chad Kackert New Hampshire Senior
RB Tony Nelson Massachusetts Senior
FB/HB Everette Benjamin Hofstra Junior
WR Kevin Grayson Richmond Junior
WR Brandyn Harvey Villanova Senior
WR D.J. McAulay William and Mary Senior
WR Aaron Weaver Hofstra Junior
TE Rob Varno William and Mary Senior
OL Tyler Eastman Maine Senior
OL Tom Neill New Hampshire Senior
OL Kevin Newhall Northeastern Senior
OL Corey Nicholson Delaware Senior
OL C.J. Muse William and Mary Senior
PK Brian Pate William and Mary Senior
KR Scotty McGee James Madison Senior
PR Scotty McGee James Madison Senior
Position Player School Class
DL Sam Daniels James Madison Senior
DL Kyle Harrington Massachusetts Senior
DL Phil Matusz Villanova Senior
DL Martin Parker Richmond Junior
LB Tyler Holmes Massachusetts Sophomore
LB Osyai Osunde Villanova Senior
LB Jake Trantin William and Mary Sophomore
LB Sean Ware New Hampshire Senior
CB Scotty McGee James Madison Senior
CB Dino Vasso New Hampshire Junior
CB B.W. Webb William and Mary Freshman
S Anthony Bratton Delaware Junior
S Terrence Klein New Hampshire Senior
P Tim Edger Rhode Island Sophomore
2009 All-CAA Football Third Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
Position Player School Class
QB Eric Ward Richmond Senior
RB Aaron Ball Villanova Junior
RB Justin Forte Richmond Senior
FB/HB Kendall Gaskins Richmond Freshman
WR Tre Gray Richmond Sophomore
WR Shawn Leonard Rhode Island Senior
WR Rockeed McCarter James Madison Senior
TE Mike Caussin James Madison Senior
OL Brian Brannigan Villanova Senior
OL Brant Clouser Villanova Junior
OL Drew Lachenmayer Richmond Junior
OL Derek Moore Hofstra Sophomore
OL Theo Sherman James Madison Junior
PK Armando Cuko Massachusetts Senior
KR Jonathan Grimes William and Mary Sophomore
PR B.W. Webb William and Mary Freshman
Position Player School Class
DL Ronnell Brown James Madison Junior
DL Brandon Collier Massachusetts Senior
DL Kyle Maroney New Hampshire Senior
DL Parker Miles Richmond Senior
DL Jordan Stevens Maine Senior
LB Rob Damon Rhode Island Junior
LB Donte Dennis Maine Sophomore
LB Marquis Kirkland Villanova Junior
LB Patrick Weldon Richmond Junior
LB Pat Williams James Madison Sophomore
CB Steven Barker Maine Junior
CB Jimmy Pitts Villanova Sophomore
S John Dempsey Villanova Junior
S Michael Ireland Richmond Senior
P Ed Wagner Delaware Junior