2008 CAA Football All-Conference Honorees
CAA Football Champion James Madison earned a total of 18 all-conference honors, including four major award winners, as the league announced its 2008 All-Conference teams Monday.

The awards, voted on by the 12 CAA Football head coaches, were handed out after the league advanced a record-tying five squads into postseason play for the second-straight season and had seven programs log seven or more wins.

James Madison senior quarterback Rodney Landers was chosen as the 2008 CAA Football Offensive Player of the Year, while Defensive Player of the Year honors went to Maine defensive lineman Jovan Belcher.  James Madison head coach Mickey Matthews was named the league’s Coach of the Year, after guiding the Dukes to the nation’s No. 1 ranking over the final 10 weeks of the regular season.

The Dukes also logged two other major awards as junior return man Scotty McGee was named Special Teams Player of the Year and freshman defensive back Pat Williams was named one of two Defensive Rookies of the Year.  William and Mary’s freshman running back Jonathan Grimes was the overwhelming choice for CAA Football Offensive Rookie of the Year, while New Hampshire defensive lineman Brian McNally shared the Defensive Rookie of the Year honor with Williams.

As it did in 2007, Massachusetts led the way with seven selections to the All-CAA Football First Team.  Richmond was not far behind with six on the First Team, while Madison logged five.  Maine, Villanova and William and Mary picked up three First Team selections.  New Hampshire had two and Delaware and Hofstra each had one apiece on the league’s First Team.

Landers led the league in per-game rushing and pass efficiency in 2008.  The Virginia Beach, Va., native rushed for 1,377 yards and 14 touchdowns on 201 carries for a mark of 125.2 yards a game during the regular season.  The senior was also impressive in the pass game carrying a 171.2 efficiency rating after completing 89-of-138 attempts for 1,236 yards and 15 touchdowns.  On the season Landers went over the 100-yard rushing mark eight times while breaking his own JMU single-season quarterback rushing record of 1,273 set last season.  Landers, who led his squad to the No. 1-overall seed in the 2008 NCAA Division I National Championships, is 10 yards shy of becoming just the fourth FCS quarterback to throw and run for 3,000 yards in a career.

Belcher received Defensive Player of the Year honors after being recognized as the league’s preseason favorite for the honor.  The West Babylon, N.Y., native ranked 11th in the league, and first among defensive linemen, with an average of 7.8 tackles a game totalling 93 on the season.  The senior, who also led his team to its first playoff berth since 2002, ranked second in the conference with 7.5 sacks for an average of 0.62 per game.  Belcher, who was tops in the conference with 15.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, led a defense which ranked fourth in the league and currently 27th in the country in total defense, allowing 315.4 yards a game.

Matthews, in his 10th season at James Madison, garnered his first Coach of the Year honor since being given the award in 1999.  He guided the Dukes to an undefeated 8-0 mark and JMU’s first 10-win season (10-1) in school history.  Matthews and the Dukes, who finished the regular season with the nation’s longest active-win streak of 10 games, gained the league’s first No. 1 overall seed in the Championships since New Hampshire in 2005.

McGee was arguably the biggest game-changer in CAA Football this season.  The Virginia Beach, Va., native led the Dukes with 518 kick return yards on 15 attempts.  The junior took one of those 15 returns back 99 yards for a touchdown in James Madison’s 35-32 come-from-behind win over No. 1 Appalachian State in late September.  McGee made his biggest contributions on the Madison punt return unit where he led the league with a 13.6 yard per return average, and equalled a CAA Football single-season and career record of three punt return touchdowns in 2008.

Grimes led the league with an average of 162.0 all-purpose yards in 2008, the best-ever single-season mark by a freshman in conference history.  The Palmyra, N.J., native garnered 929 rushing yards and 314 receiving yards inside an offense which ranked second in the league and No. 25 in the country in total offense.  The true freshman also contributed 539 yards (league-best 24.5 yards/attempt) and one touchdown to the Tribe’s kick return unit in 2008.  One of the most decorated freshmen in league-history, Grimes earned First Team All-CAA Football kick returner and Second Team All-Conference running back honors in addition to the Offensive Rookie of the Year notation.

Both McNally and Williams will share Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2008.  McNally totalled 7.5 tackles for loss in his first year of action for UNH, ranking among the league leaders in the category.  The Cornwall, N.Y., native also ranked among the league’s Top-15 in tackles among defensive lineman with a mark of 4.1 per game.  Williams was part of a JMU defensive unit which ranked second in the league and 15th in the country in total defense allowing 296.4 yards a game.  The Virginia Beach, Va., native was tops among the league with three fumble recoveries on the year and finished his freshman regular season with 43 total tackles.

2008 All-CAA Football First Team

(as voted on by the head coaches)

OFFENSE


Position Player School Class
QB Rodney Landers James Madison Senior
RB Tony Nelson Massachusetts Junior
RB Josh Vaughan Richmond Senior
FB/HB Jared Turcotte Maine Freshman
WR Mike Boyle New Hampshire Senior
WR Victor Cruz Massachusetts Junior
WR Kevin Grayson Richmond Sophomore
TE Scott Sicko New Hampshire Junior
OL Ryan Canary Maine Senior
OL Vladimir Ducasse Massachusetts Junior
OL Ben Ijalana Villanova Sophomore
OL Scott Lemn James Madison Senior
OL Matthew McCracken Richmond Junior
PK Brian Pate William and Mary Junior
KR Jonathan Grimes William and Mary Freshman
PR Scotty McGee James Madison Junior




DEFENSE


Position Player School Class
DL Jovan Belcher Maine Senior
DL Greg Miller Villanova Senior
DL Lawrence Sidbury, Jr. Richmond Senior
DL Adrian Tracy William and Mary Junior
LB Luke Bonus Hofstra Junior
LB Josh Jennings Massachusetts Junior
LB Eric McBride Richmond Sophomore
LB Osayi Osunde Villanova Junior
CB Evan McCollough James Madison Senior
CB Courtney Robinson Massachusetts Senior
CB Justin Rogers Richmond Sophomore
S Charles Graves Delaware Junior
S Marcus Haywood James Madison Senior
S Jeromy Miles Massachusetts Junior
P Brett Arnold Massachusetts Senior








2008 All-CAA Football Second Team

(as voted on by the head coaches)

OFFENSE


Position Player School Class
QB Liam Coen Massachusetts Senior
QB R.J. Toman New Hampshire Sophomore
RB Aaron Ball Villanova Sophomore
RB Jonathan Grimes William and Mary Freshman
RB Eugene Holloman James Madison Senior
FB/HB John Crone Richmond Senior
WR Marcus Lee Towson Senior
WR Matt Szczur Villanova Sophomore
WR Aaron Weaver Hofstra Sophomore
TE Brian Mandeville Northeastern Senior
TE Rob Varno William and Mary Junior
OL Terrence Apted James Madison Senior
OL Izzy Bauta Villanova Senior
OL Dorian Brooks James Madison Junior
OL Josh Droesch New Hampshire Senior
OL Kheon Hendricks Delaware Senior
OL Michael Silva Richmond Junior
PK Andrew Howard Richmond Junior
KR Scotty McGee James Madison Junior
PR Derek Hatcher Richmond Junior




DEFENSE


Position Player School Class
DL Hassan Abdul-Wahid James Madison Senior
DL Tim Kukucka Villanova Junior
DL Sherman Logan Richmond Senior
DL Matt Marcorelle Delaware Junior
LB Andrew Downey Maine Senior
LB Matt Hansen Rhode Island Sophomore
LB Marquis Kirkland Villanova Sophomore
LB Matt Parent New Hampshire Senior
CB Derek Cox William and Mary Senior
CB Dino Vasso New Hampshire Sophomore
S John Clements New Hampshire Senior
S Drew Mack Towson Senior
P Tom Bishop New Hampshire Senior








2008 All-CAA Football Third Team

(as voted on by the head coaches)

OFFENSE


Position Player School Class
QB Jake Phillips William and Mary Senior
QB Sean Schaefer Towson Senior
RB Alex Broomfield Northeastern Senior
RB Jhamal Fluellen Maine Senior
FB/HB Griff Yancey James Madison Sophomore
WR Phil Atkinson Villanova Senior
WR Jeremy Horne Massachusetts Junior
WR D.J. McAulay William and Mary Junior
TE Robbie Agnone Delaware Senior
OL Christopher Arnao Maine Senior
OL Brian Brannigan Villanova Junior
OL Sean Calicchio Massachusetts Senior
OL Kevin Newhall Northeastern Junior
OL Theo Sherman James Madison Sophomore
PK Joe Marcoux Villanova Senior
KR Angelo Babbaro Villanova Sophomore
PR Brandon Johnson-Farrell Rhode Island Freshman




DEFENSE


Position Player School Class
DL Dave Dalessandro Villanova Senior
DL Sam Daniels James Madison Junior
DL Kyle Harrington Massachusetts Junior
DL Arthur Moats James Madison Junior
LB Phil Higgins Northeastern Junior
LB Jordan Manning Towson Senior
LB Collin McConaghy Richmond Junior
LB Josh Rutter William and Mary Senior
CB Salim Koroma Villanova Senior
CB Lionel Nixon, Jr. Maine Senior
S Nate Thellen Northeastern Sophomore
S Darrel Young Villanova Senior
P David Miller William and Mary Sophomore

 

2008 CAA Football All-America Honors
After Richmond captured CAA Football’s third NCAA Division I National Championship in six seasons, the league garnered an impressive number of 78 All-America honors as announced by several publications since the conclusion of the 2008 season.  Below is a rundown of CAA Football players who earned postseason accolades.

Sports Network
FIRST TEAM


OG Matthew McCracken Richmond Junior
OC Scott Lemn James Madison Senior
DE Jovan Belcher Maine Senior
P Brett Arnold Massachusetts Senior




SECOND TEAM


QB Rodney Landers James Madison Senior
FB Jared Turcotte Maine Freshman
TE Scott Sicko New Hampshire Junior
DE Lawrence Sidbury, Jr. Richmond Senior
S Marcus Haywood James Madison Senior
S Jeromy Miles Massachusetts Junior
PR Scotty McGee James Madison Junior




THIRD TEAM


RB Josh Vaughan Richmond Senior
DE Greg Miller Villanova Senior




HONORABLE MENTION


FB John Crone Richmond Senior
FB Jhamal Fluellen Maine Senior
WR Mike Boyle New Hampshire Senior
OT Izzy Bauta Villanova Senior
OT Vladimir Ducasse Massachusetts Junior
OT Ben Ijalana Villanova Sophomore
OT Michael Silva Richmond Junior
OG Dorian Brooks James Madison Junior
OC Ryan Canary Maine Senior
OC Kheon Hendricks Delaware Senior
PK Dave Stannard James Madison Senior
KR Jonathan Grimes William and Mary Freshman
KR Scotty McGee James Madison Junior
DE Sherman Logan Richmond Senior
DE Adrian Tracy William and Mary Junior
LB Osayi Osunde Villanova Junior
CB Courtney Robinson Massachusetts Senior
CB Justin Rogers Richmond Sophomore








American Football Coaches Association
DL Jovan Belcher Maine Senior
DL Greg Miller Villanova Senior
AP Scotty McGee James Madison Junior








Walter Camp Foundation
TE Scott Sicko New Hampshire Junior
OC Scott Lemn James Madison Senior
DL Jovan Belcher Maine Senior
DL Greg Miller Villanova Senior
DB Marcus Haywood James Madison Senior








Associated Press
FIRST TEAM


OL Scott Lemn James Madison Senior
TE Scott Sicko New Hampshire Junior
DL Jovan Belcher Maine Senior
P Brett Arnold Massachusetts Senior




SECOND TEAM


QB Rodney Landers James Madison Senior
OL Matthew McCracken Richmond Junior
OL Tim Silver Richmond Senior
DL Greg Miller Villanova Senior
DB Marcus Haywood James Madison Senior
DB Charles Graves Delaware Junior








College Sporting News
Coach of the Year Mike London Richmond
Offensive Lineman of the Year Matthew McCracken Richmond Junior
Playoff Most Valuable Player Lawrence Sidbury, Jr. Richmond Senior




QB Rodney Landers James Madison Senior
OC Scott Lemn James Madison Senior
TE Scott Sicko New Hampshire Junior
DE Greg Miller Villanova Senior
DE Jovan Belcher Maine Senior
DL Sherman Logan Richmond Senior
LB Eric McBride Richmond Sophomore
DB Courtney Robinson Massachusetts Senior
PR Scotty McGee James Madison Junior




HONORABLE MENTION


Offensive Player of the Year Rodney Landers James Madison Senior
Freshman of the Year Jonathan Grimes William and Mary Freshman




RB Josh Vaughan Richmond Senior
FB Jared Turcotte Maine Freshman
OL Kheon Hendricks Delaware Senior
TE Brian Mandeville Northeastern Senior
WR Mike Boyle New Hampshire Senior
WR Victor Cruz Massachusetts Junior
DL Adrian Tracy William and Mary Junior
DL Sam Daniels James Madison Junior
LB Matt Parent New Hampshire Senior
LB Osayi Osunde Villanova Junior
DB Charles Graves Delaware Junior
DB Dino Vasso New Hampshire Sophomore
DB John Clements New Hampshire Senior
DB Justin Rogers Richmond Sophomore
P Brett Arnold Massachusetts Senior

 

CAA Football In The Polls
For a complete rundown of both the Sports Network Top-25 and the FCS Coaches Poll visit page 23 of the weekly release.  Below are highlights and notes about CAA Football in this year’s final national rankings.

The Sports Network Top-25
No. 1 Richmond carries on what is now an 11-week span CAA Football has owned the top-spot in the Sports Network poll.  The Spiders’ No. 1 ranking also marks the second time this season they have been in the poll’s top spot -- Richmond was ranked No. 1 in the Sept. 22 edition of the poll following a 44-17 win over Maine.

Having the Spiders at No. 1 and James Madison at No. 3 in the final poll marks the first time since 2004 CAA Football has closed a season with two of the Top-3 teams in the country, a feat no other conference has ever accomplished since the inception of the Sports Network poll.

On Sept. 22 both Richmond (No. 1) and James Madison (No. 2) became the first duo from a single-league to hold the Top-2 spots in The Sports Network Poll since 1991.  It also marked the first time in CAA Football’s 62-year history (Atlantic 10 and Yankee Conference) it has ever held the Top-2 spots in any National Top-25.

CAA Football’s six ranked squads in the Sports Network’s Top-25 mark the 14th time in the last 15 weeks the league has had at least six in the poll.  From the 2008 Preseason poll until Oct. 6, Delaware, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond and Villanova represented the CAA -- William and Mary replaced Delaware in that same group Oct. 20, while Maine replaced Massachusetts in the group Nov. 17.

CAA Football’s six ranked squads in the Sports Network’s Top-25 are three more than any other conference can boast in the season’s final poll -- the Southern and Southland Conferences each have three teams in the Top-25.  The CAA alone has four of its six among the Top-10, and all six among the Top-20.  No conference can equal the CAA’s mark of three schools in the Top-10.

CAA Football teams among the 2008 Sports Network rankings continue a weekly string of at least three league squads ranked among the Top-25 since the poll’s inception.  CAA Football also extends its string of at least two teams in the Sports Network Top-10 to 55-straight weeks.  The league can now boast having at least two teams in the Sports Network Top-10 in 81 of the last 85 weeks.

FCS Coaches Top-25
Richmond’s No. 1 ranking in this week’s FCS Coaches poll continues the first-time accomplishment of CAA Football owning the top spot in the FCS Coaches Poll in consecutive weeks (now 11-straight weeks).  James Madison began the top-ranked streak for CAA Football Sept. 22 following a come-from-behind, 35-32, win over then-ranked No. 1 Appalachian State.  Prior to that edition of the FCS Coaches Poll, no team from the league had ever been ranked No. 1 by the Coaches during what is now the poll’s two-year existence.

In the final edition of the FCS Coaches Poll, Richmond sits at No. 1, while James Madison finished the season at No. 3 which marks the first time in the poll’s two-year existence that one league has held two of the Top-3 rankings at the end of the season.

On Sept. 22 both James Madison (No. 1) and Richmond (No. 2) held the Top-2 spots in the poll, marking another first-ever for CAA Football in the FCS Coaches Poll.  Since the poll debuted in 2007 no league has held the Top-2 spots in the same week.

Since the FCS Coaches Poll debuted, CAA Football has had at least four squads ranked every week (29 weeks).  The league’s total of six in this week’s poll marks the 26th-straight edition CAA Football has had five-or-more squads listed.  CAA Football has had four-or-more teams among the Coaches Top-15 each of the last 28 weeks of the Top-25 -- the poll has been released a total of 28 weeks dating back to the 2007 Preseason edition.

CAA Football’s National Honor List At 19 After Regular Season
CAA Football’s national honor total is up to 19 after 13 weeks of regular-season play in 2008 -- seven more than any other FCS conference has won this season and four more than the league’s overall total of 15 in 2007.

Prior to the Oct. 20 release of National Players of the Week, which did not include any CAA Football players, league student-athletes had been recognized at least once in seven-straight weeks to open 2008.

The Sports Network and College Sporting News, both publications which devote major coverage to the FCS level of college football, select National Player of the Week honorees following each week of competition during the 2008 regular season.

CAA Football athletes were honored nine of the 12 weeks in 2007, and boasted a total of 15 national winners.  CAA Football’s total in 2007 trailed only the Southern Conference’s 16 National Player of the Week honorees.

Check out page 21 of the weekly release for a complete rundown of CAA Football’s National Players of the Week.

London Named AFCA Coach of the Year
Richmond head coach Mike London was named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) FCS National Coach of the Year, Jan. 13.

The five division winners, selected by a vote of the active AFCA members (coaches at four-year schools) in the Association’s five divisions, were recognized at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.  The AFCA has named a Coach of the Year since 1935, and is the oldest and most prestigious of all the Coach of the Year awards -- chosen exclusively by the coaches themselves.

With London at the helm, Richmond finished off its memorable title run with a convincing 24-7 triumph over fourth-seeded Montana in the FCS title game – its FCS-leading ninth-consecutive victory and its fourth-straight over a conference champion.  The Spiders thumped Eastern Kentucky, 38-10, in the first round, dethroned second-seeded Appalachian State, 33-13, at The Rock in the quarterfinals and stunned third-seeded Northern Iowa, 21-20, with a fourth-quarter comeback at the deafening UNI-Dome in the semis.

Matthews Earns His Second Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year honor
James Madison head coach Mickey Matthews received the Eddie Robinson Award as the top coach in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision for the 2008 season.

Matthews, the first coach to win the award twice, led JMU to a 10-1 regular-season record, to the Colonial Athletic Association championship and to the No. 1 seed for the FCS playoffs.  The Dukes completed the season with a 12-2 overall record and reached the semifinals of the NCAA FSC playoffs.

Matthews, who won the league’s fifth coach of the year honor, also was given the Robinson Award in 1999 -- his first season at JMU and as a head coach.  Matthews joins fellow CAA Football coaches Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire, 2005), Andy Talley (Villanova, 1997) and Dan Allen (Boston University, 1993) as the four league National Coach of the Year honorees.

In addition to the Robinson Award, Matthews was one of four divisional winners of the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award prior to 2009.

 

CAA Football In The NFL
As of Jan. 19 a total of 36 CAA Football alumni and two head coaches were listed among NFL franchises player personnel (athletes who exhausted their NCAA eligibility in CAA Football).  Below is a list of CAA Football alums, the teams they are part of.

**The list includes head coaches, active rosters, practice squads, suspended players and injured reserve/physically unable to perform.

Player - Alma Mater - NFL Franchise - Roster Status
- Mike Adams - Delaware - Cleveland Browns - Active Roster
- Kyle Arrington - Hofstra - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Active Roster
- Stephen Bowen - Hofstra - Dallas Cowboys - Active Roster
- Jermon Bushrod - Towson - New Orleans Saints - Active Roster
- Jeremy Cain - Massachusetts - Washington Redskins - Active Roster
- Willie Colon - Hofstra - Pittsburgh Steelers - Active Roster
- Marques Colston - Hofstra - New Orleans Saints - Active Roster
- Stephen Cooper - Maine - San Diego Chargers - Active Roster
- Mike DeVito - Maine - New York Jets - Active Roster
- Devale Ellis - Hofstra - Cleveland Browns - Active Roster
- Brian Finneran - Villanova - Atlanta Falcons - Active Roster
- Joe Flacco - Delaware - Baltimore Ravens - Active Roster
- Ryan Gibbons - Northeastern - Dallas Cowboys - Active Roster
- Corey Graham - New Hampshire - Chicago Bears - Active Roster
- Tim Hightower - Richmond - Arizona Cardinals - Active Roster
- James Ihedigbo - Massachusetts - New York Jets - Active Roster
- Akeem Jordan - James Madison - Philadelphia Eagles - Active Roster
- Mike Leach - William and Mary - Denver Broncos - Active Roster
- Paris Lenon - Richmond - Detroit Lions - Active Roster
- Brandon London - Massachusetts - Miami Dolphins - Active Roster
- Raheem Morris - Hofstra - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Head Coach
- Montell Owens - Maine - Jacksonville Jaguars - Active Roster
- Ben Patrick - Delaware - Arizona Cardinals - Active Roster
- Darren Sharper - William and Mary - Minnesota Vikings - Active Roster
- Darren Stone - Maine - Baltimore Ravens - Active Roster
- Mike Tomlin - William and Mary - Pittsburgh Steelers - Head Coach
- Raymond Ventrone - Villanova - New England Patriots - Active Roster
- Brian Westbrook - Villanova - Philadelphia Eagles - Active Roster

- Steve Baylark - Massachusetts - Denver Broncos - Practice Squad
- Anthony Cotrone - Maine - Jacksonville Jaguars - Injured Reserve
- Omar Cuff - Delaware - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Practice Squad
- Matt Lawrence - Massachusetts - Baltimore Ravens - Practice Squad
- Shemiah LeGrande - Hofstra - Detroit Lions - Injured Reserve
- Brandon McGowan - Maine - Chicago Bears - Injured Reserve
- Kevin McMahan - Maine - Carolina Panthers - Practice Squad
- Matt Mulligan - Maine - Tennessee Titans - Practice Squad
- Matt Sherry - Villanova - Cincinnati Bengals - Injured Reserve
- Arman Shields - Richmond - Oakland Raiders - Injured Reserve

 

CAA Football -- NCAA Championship Notebook
-- James Madison’s No. 1-overall seed is the first for the league since 2005 when New Hampshire earned the top-seed.  Richmond is the only remaining playoff team that was unseeded going into the Championships.

-- CAA Football’s five berths in the NCAA Division I National Championships mark the second-straight season the league has sent five to the playoffs.  Prior to 2007, no conference had ever sent more than four teams to postseason play.

-- The five CAA Football teams in this season’s Championships up the league’s overall mark to 67 berths since the 1978 NCAA Championships selection.
-- CAA Football has sent two-or-more teams to the postseason in each of the last 18 years, which ranks as the longest active streak among all conferences.

-- At least one CAA Football team has played in the National Championship game five of the last six years.  Those five appearances have come from four different league teams (Delaware - twice, James Madison, Massachusetts and Richmond).

-- CAA Football teams are a combined 4-3 (.571) in NCAA Division I National Championship Finals.

-- Richmond is 8-5 all-time in postseason play under the league banner.  Six of the eight wins have come over the last two postseasons (2007-08).  The Spiders are 9-6 all-time in FCS Playoff action.

-- CAA Football teams are 4-3 against Montana all-time in the playoffs.

-- CAA Football teams are 2-1 against Montana when playing the Griz away from the confines of Grizzly Stadium -- 2004 (W, JMU-National Final-Neutral), 2008 (W, Richmond-National Final-Neutral), 2008 (L, JMU-Semifinal-Road).

 

DELAWARE (4-8, 2-6 CAA)
Season Complete


-- The Blue Hens’ eight losses in 2008 sets a school record.  Ohio State and Tennessee now remain the only long-standing NCAA Division I schools which have never lost eight games in a season.

-- Delaware extended scoring streaks in its game against Villanova -- 160-straight games scoring a point since 1996 and 168-straight home games scoring a point since 1983.

-- The Blue Hens finished 2008 averaging 17.5 points and 275.8 total yards per game - the program’s lowest single-season totals since 10.2 ppg in 1960 and 271.1 yards per game in 1961.

-- Delaware picked up four All-CAA Football honors following the regular season.  Junior safety Charles Graves was the Blue Hens’ lone First Team honoree.  Senior center Kheon Hendricks and junior defensive lineman Matt Marcorelle picked up Second Team All-CAA Football recognition.  Robbie Agnone was a Third Team All-Conference selection at tight end.

 

HOFSTRA (4-8, 2-6 CAA)
Season Complete


-- Sophomore Aaron Weaver tied current Pride assistant coach Kahmal Roy and NFL standout Marques Colston for eighth on the Hofstra single-season receptions list with 70 for 595 yards.

-- Junior Luke Bonus led the Pride in tackles for the second time (2006) in his career finishing the season with 96, including 42 solos. He equaled his single-season solo tackle best of 42 set as a freshman, but fell two stops short of tying his season best total tackle number of 98 in 2006. Bonus finished the season with six tackles at UMass.

-- Freshman receiver Christian Dennis led the Pride at UMass with five catches for 55 yards. Dennis stepped into action late this season, and posted 15 catches for 153 yards.

-- Hofstra logged two All-CAA Football honors following the regular season.  Junior linebacker Luke Bonus was one of four First Team All-League linebackers.  Sophomore wide receiver Aaron Weaver also earned Second Team honors.

 

#3/3 JAMES MADISON (12-2, 8-0 CAA)
Season Complete

-- Prior to its loss in the NCAA semifinals to Montana, JMU had a school record-tying 12-straight wins in 2008.  Prior to this season’s win streak, Madison’s only other 12-game win streak in school history came during the 1975 and 1976 seasons combined.

-- Quarterback Rodney Landers is just the fifth FCS quarterback ever with 3,000 passing (3,288) and rushing yards (3,477) in a career.

-- Landers was given the 2008 Dudley Award, Dec. 11.  The Dudley Award goes to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s top NCAA Division I Football Player.  Landers, the first honoree not from the Univ. of Virginia or Virginia Tech since 1998, received 14 of 15 first-place votes in the balloting and was joined by Virginia Tech’s Victor “Macho” Harris and Virginia’s Clint Sintim among the top three vote recipients.

-- James Madison earned the ECAC Team of the Year award after logging an undefeated regular season against FCS opponents.  The Dukes, also the ECAC Team of the Year in 2004, ranked as the ECAC No. 1 team eight-straight weeks in 2008.

 

#18/16 MAINE (8-5, 5-3 CAA)
Season Complete


-- The Black Bears concluded their 2008 season winning six of the last eight games to finish with at least eight wins in a season for the first time since 2002.  The Black Bears’ playoff appearance in 2008 was its fifth in school history and first since 2002.

-- Maine finished second in the CAA North Division for the second time in the last three seasons -- falling to New Hampshire in the final game of the regular season.  The Black Bears were picked to finish fourth in the North according to the preseason coaches poll, released by the league in July.

-- Maine had seven All-League selections following the regular season.  In addition to earning First Team honors, senior defensive lineman Jovan Belcher earned Defensive Player of the Year recognition.  Freshman fullback Jared Turcotte and senior offensive lineman Ryan Canary also were First Team honorees.  Senior linebacker Andrew Downey was an All-League second team selection.  Senior running back Jhamal Fluellen, senior lineman Chris Arnao and senior cornerback Lionel Nixon, Jr., all earned Third Team honors.

 

MASSACHUSETTS (7-5, 4-4 CAA)
Season Complete


-- Tony Nelson, CAA Football’s final Offensive Player of the Week in 2008, had his seventh-career 100-yard rushing game and sixth this season with 204 against Hofstra. Nelson had 111 in the first half alone against the Pride.

-- Nelson finished his junior season with 1,325 yards to place him eighth on the school’s single-season rushing list.

-- UMass placed a total of 11 on the league’s All-Conference lists.  Senior running back Tony Nelson, senior wide receiver Victor Cruz, junior Vladimir Ducasse, senior linebacker Josh Jennings, senior cornerback Courtney Robinson, junior safety Jeromy Miles and senior punter Brett Arnold all were part of the league’s First Team.  Senior quarterback Liam Coen was the Minutemen’s lone member of the All-League Second Team.  Junior wide receiver Jeremy Horne, senior offensive lineman Sean Calicchio and junior defensive lineman Kyle Harrington all earned All-CAA Football third team honors.

 

#8/7 NEW HAMPSHIRE (10-3, 6-2 CAA)
Season Complete

-- Defensive back John Clements recorded the seventh 100-yard INT-return for a touchdown in league history at Northern Iowa.  The return was also UNH’s second 100-yard INT-return of the season.  Linebacker Matt Parent also returned an interception 100 yards against Massachusetts this eason.

-- The Wildcats ended this season and last season with losses at Northern Iowa.  Last year UNH dropped a 38-35 contest in the NCAA Championship first round.  This season’s NCAA Championship quarterfinal score at UNI was 36-34.

-- New Hampshire earned a total of nine All-Conference awards.  Senior wide receiver Mike Boyle and junior tight end Scott Sicko all were part of the league’s First Team.  Sophomore quarterback R.J. Toman, senior offensive lineman Josh Droesch, senior linebacker Matt Parent, sophomore cornerback Dino Vasso and senior safety John Clements were member’s of the league’s Second Team.  Freshman defensive lineman Brian McNally earned one of the league’s two Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

 

NORTHEASTERN (2-10, 1-7 CAA)
Season Complete

-- Phil Higgins made 15 tackles in the final regular season game against Rhode Island, finishing 2008 with 122 stops, fifth-most in NU single-season history. He also finished the regular season as CAA Football’s leading tackler.

-- John Griffin earned his first career 100-yard rushing game with 110 yards on the ground against Rhode Island. He also scored a career-high two touchdowns.

-- Alex Broomfield missed the Rhody game due to injury, but finished his NU career as the only Husky in the school’s Top-10 in career rushing attempts and receptions. 

-- Northeastern earned five All-CAA Football honors following the regular season.  Senior tight end Brian Mandeville earned All-CAA Football second team recognition.  Senior running back Alex Broomfield, junior offensive lineman Kevin Newhall, junior linebacker Phil Higgins and sophomore safety Nate Thellen all earned Third Team All-Conference honors.

 

RHODE ISLAND (3-9, 1-7 CAA)
Season Complete


-- Rhode Island closed out the season 1-7 in CAA Football play following a 29-14 victory over Northeastern on the road.

-- Senior Jimmy Hughes led the way offensively against Northeastern with 142 yards of all-purpose offense and one touchdown. The running back closed out his Rhody career with a season-high 93 yards rushing in the game.

-- Senior quarterback Derek Cassidy closed out his collegiate career against Northeastern going 13-of-22 for 157 yards passing.

-- Rhode Island garnered a total of two All-Conference honors following the regular season.  Sophomore linebacker Matt Hansen was part of the league’s Second Team defensive unit.  Freshman Brandon Johnson-Farrell, the league’s final Rookie of the Week honoree, also logged Third Team punt return honors as awarded by the coaches.

 

#1/1 RICHMOND (13-3, 6-2 CAA)
2008 NCAA Division I National Champions


-- The victory marks Richmond’s first-ever NCAA National Championship in any sport.

-- Mike London is the first African-American to lead his team to the FCS National Championship game in 30 years - when Florida A&M head coach Rudy Hubbard won the inaugural FCS (then I-AA) title.

-- London is just the third rookie head coach to lead his team to the National Championship game - the previous two have won the title as well: Georgia Southern’s Tim Stowers in 1990 and Marhsall’s Bob Pruett in 1996.

-- Richmond limited Montana to just 39 yards rushing on 25 carries to mark the 12th opponent this season to gain less than 100 yards rushing versus the Spiders.

-- The Spiders, who finished third in the rugged CAA Football South Division and entered the playoffs as an unseeded team, knocked off four-consecutive conference champions and three-consecutive seeded teams on their way to the title.

 

TOWSON (3-9, 1-7 CAA)
Season Complete


-- Towson’s loss to James Madison marked the 15th time in Sean Schaefer’s career he passed for more than 300 yards and the sixth time in 12 games this season.  Schaefer finished his career as the eighth-leading passer in NCAA FCS history with 11,644 yards.

-- Senior Marcus Lee became the Tigers’ career pass receiving leader against James Madison, hauling in six catches for 58 yards.  The senior caught at least one pass in all 45 career games, and is tied for eighth on the CAA’s all-time receptions list.  Lee finished his career with a school record 225 receptions for 2,389 yards and 13 touchdowns.

-- Towson picked up a total of four All-CAA Football honors following the regular season.  Senior wide receiver Marcus Lee and senior safety Drew Mack were both made part of the Second Team.  Senior quarterback Sean Schaefer, one of the most statistically-accomplished quarterbacks ever at the FCS level, was part of the league’s Third Team.  Senior linebacker Jordan Manning also brought in Third Team All-League honors.

 

#6/6 VILLANOVA (10-3, 7-1 CAA)
Season Complete


-- Running back Aaron Ball is just the third Villanova player to record 1,000 rushing yards in a season. Curtis Sifford did it in 1996, while Brian Westbrook did it three times (1998, 2000, 2001). Ball ended the season with 1,073 yards on 214 carries (5.0 yards per rush) to go with 13 touchdowns.

-- Villanova earned 15 All-CAA Football honors this season.  Senior offensive lineman Ben Ijalana, senior defensive lineman Greg Miller and junior linebacker Osayi Osunde represented the Wildcats on the First Team.  Sophomore running back Aaron Ball, sophomore wide receiver Matt Szczur, senior offensive lineman Izzy Bauta, junior defensive lineman Tim Kukucka and sophomore linebacker Marquis Kirkland landed on the Second Team.  Senior wide receiver Phil Atkinson, junior offensive lineman Brian Brannigan, senior kicker Joe Marcoux, sophomore kick returner Angelo Babbaro, senior defensive lineman Dave Dalessandro, senior cornerback Salim Koroma and senior safety Darrel Young were all part of the Third Team.

 

#20/20 WILLIAM AND MARY (7-4, 5-3 CAA)
Season Complete

-- Quarterback Jake Phillips had his 19th-career game of 200-plus passing yards, finishing the Richmond game with 204 yards (20-of-42).  The senior also scored the team’s lone touchdown on a one-yard run (the score was the 75th combined TD of his career).

-- With 100 yards of offense (rush, receiving, returns) against Richmond, true freshman tailback Jonathan Grimes set the school’s single season record by averaging 162.0 yds/game in all-purpose offense.

-- William and Mary garnered a total of 10 All-Conference honors as well as a major individual award following the regular season.  Freshman Jonathan Grimes was named the league Offensive Rookie of the Year, in addition to picking up First Team Kick Returner and Second Team Running Back honors.  Junior placekicker Brian Pate and junior defensive lineman Adrian Tracy also earned First Team knods.  Junior tight end Rob Varno and senior cornerback Derek Cox were Second Team honorees.  Senior quarterback Jake Phillips, junior wideout D.J. McAulay, senior linebacker Josh Rutter and sophomore punter David Miller were on the Third Team.