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CAA FOOTBALL SHOWS SEVEN RANKED SQUADS; FIVE STILL AMONG TOP 10

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          Release: 10/06/2010
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RICHMOND, Va. (October 6, 2010) -- CAA Football lost its spot at No. 1 this week, but still makes up five of the Top-8 teams in the country according to both The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 and the FCS Coaches poll.  Below are some notes on CAA Football among both the nation’s Top 25 polls as well as news and notes from around the league.

Delaware jumped three spots to No. 2 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 after a 13-10 win at then-No. 3 James Madison.  William and Mary moved three spots to No. 3 with its win over top-ranked Villanova, while the Wildcats fell from No. 1 to No. 6.  James Madison’s loss at home to Delaware dropped it four spots to No. 7, while Massachusetts remained at No. 8 after a road-win at Towson.  Richmond stayed at No. 11 for the second-straight week after its non-conference win over Coastal Carolina.  New Hampshire fell eight spots to No. 22 following an overtime loss on the road to unranked Maine.  Rhode Island and Maine both earned votes in this past week’s polling, after the Rams topped a previously unbeaten Brown squad and the Black Bears outlasted New Hampshire in overtime.

The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Notes...
-- Villanova has been part of the poll’s Top 10 for 29-straight weeks...Only Appalachian State has a longer streak at 68-straight weeks.  The Wildcats and Mountaineers are the only squads with current double-digit Top 10 streaks.

-- CAA Football makes up five of the Top 10 for the third-straight week.

-- The league has a five-week streak of seven teams ranked in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25...a league record for that many teams in consecutive weeks.  The last time the league had consecutive weeks of seven among TSN’s poll was Sept. 20-Oct. 11, 2004 (4 weeks).

-- The league has 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 75-straight weeks.

Delaware vaulted to No. 2 in the FCS Coaches Poll following its 13-10 win on the road over James Madison.  William and Mary, which also beat a higher-ranked opponent in then-No. 2 Villanova last Saturday, moved up to No. 5 this week.  James Madison fell to No. 6 and Villanova fell to No. 7 with the losses last weekend.  Massachusetts remained at No. 8, while Richmond moved up one spot to No. 11.  New Hampshire, which fell on the road to Maine, dropped to No. 23 in the poll.  Rhode Island, which beat a previously-undefeated Brown squad, received six points in the polling process.

FCS Coaches Top 25 Notes...
-- For the second-straight week five CAA Football squads are among the Top 10.

-- The league’s four-week string of seven ranked squads extends a poll first.  CAA Football is the only league to ever have seven teams ranked in a single week, and that has now happened in five-straight weeks -- three weeks better than the league’s previous best -- Sept. 7-14, 2009.

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

News and Notes from around the league:
-- Richmond’s Justin Rogers was one of CAA Football’s Defensive Players of the Week announced Monday.  The senior then went on to log two more national honors for his defensive showcase in the Spiders’ 41-19 win over Coastal Carolina Saturday.  Rogers, The Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week and an ECAC Player of the Week, had a pass breakup, forced a fumble, made five tackles and recorded the 11th and 12th interceptions of his career.  The second of his two picks on the day came with just over a minute left in the game and resulted in a 34-yard touchdown return for the Buck Buchanan Award candidate.

-- Both the Walter Payton Award and Buck Buchanan Award Watch Lists were updated this past week.  The league kept all five of its original honorees on the Payton list:  Pat Devlin, Delaware; Jonathan Grimes, William and Mary; Ben Ijalana, Villanova; Matt Szczur, Villanova and Chris Whitney, Villanova.  CAA Football kept all its original honorees on the Buchanan list and got a new name added (Tyler Holmes, Massachusetts) to push its total to five honorees:  Holmes; Eric McBride, Richmond; Martin Parker, Richmond; Justin Rogers, Richmond and Terence Thomas, Villanova.

-- CAA Football has two among the Top 25 national rushing leaders...Delaware’s Andrew Pierce, averaging 130.6 yards/game, is at No. 6 while UMass’ John Griffin ranks 21st with his rushing average of 100.0/game.

-- Richmond’s Eric McBride has a total of 48 tackles through four games this season, placing him sixth among the national rankings with an average of 12.0 tackles/game.

-- Richmond’s Justin Rogers is the league’s all-time career leader in kickoff returns with 98 in four seasons.  The senior needs 147 kickoff return yards to become the league’s all-time career leader in kick return yards.

-- Towson’s Hakeem Moore not only leads the league, but also ranks 10th in the country in all-purpose yards with an average of 169.4 through five games.

-- Villanova’s Matt Szczur needs 498 all-purpose yards to move among the league’s career all-purpose yard Top-10 list.

-- William and Mary’s Jonathan Grimes is 801 all-purpose yards away from ranking in CAA Football’s career Top-10 list for the category.

CAA Football is blogging at caafootballblog.com...be sure to checkout the official blog of CAA Football to find all sorts of information that might not be at CAASports.com.  CAA Football is also on Twitter...Fans from all 10 schools can get up-to-date information by following the league at twitter.com/The_CAAFootball.  CAA Football will tweet throughout this offseason and continue into the 2010 fall season.  The league is also active in the new media area and encourages fans to visit us on YouTube:  youtube.com/CAAFootball.  Logon now and subscribe to see the latest video productions from CAA Football.  Fans can also get their CAA Football news delivered straight to them by following the league on Digg:  digg.com/caafootball.

Below is a comparison showing both National Polls released Oct. 4.

Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Ranking FCS Coaches Top 25
Appalachian State (101) No. 1 Appalachian State (24)
Delaware (29) No. 2 Delaware (2)
Jacksonville State (12) No. 3 Jacksonville State (1)
William and Mary No. 4 Stephen F. Austin
Stephen F. Austin (1) No. 5 William and Mary
Villanova No. 6 James Madison
James Madison No. 7 Villanova
Massachusetts No. 8 Massachusetts
South Carolina State No. 9 South Carolina State
Montana State No. 10 Montana State
Richmond No. 11 Richmond
Montana No. 12 Montana
Eastern Washington No. 13 Georgia Southern
Cal Poly No. 14 Eastern Washington
Northern Iowa No. 15 Texas State
Georgia Southern No. 16 Cal Poly
Texas State No. 17 North Dakota State
North Dakota State No. 18 Northern Iowa
Elon No. 19 Elon
Western Illinois No. 20 Western Illinois
Wofford No. 21 Southern Illinois
New Hampshire No. 22 Central Arkansas
Southern Illinois No. 23 New Hampshire
Liberty No. 24 Northern Arizona
Southeast Missouri State No. 25 Wofford
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