CAA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK -- OCT. 22
As CAA Football moves into the last month of the regular season and some of the biggest conference games on the slate, the league announced its Player of the Week honorees, Monday, Oct. 22. Four individuals earned honors following their stellar play on Saturday, including New Hampshire’s Ricky Santos, Richmond’s Eric McBride, Hofstra’s Kareem Huggins and Richmond’s Adam Abramowitz.
Santos, who returned after suffering a shoulder injury in the Wildcats’ win over Delaware two weeks ago, garnered CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Bellingham, Mass., native was responsible for five (four passes, one rush) of New Hampshire’s six touchdowns in a 40-3 road-win over No. 10 Hofstra. The senior, who played until midway through the third quarter, had touchdown tosses of 31, 26, 1 and 47 and piled up a total of 262 yards in the air on 19-of-23 attempts. Santos, who also garnered league offensive honors Sept. 17, finished the game with negative rushing yards, but did cross the goalline once on a one-yard plunge. Santos remains on the Payton Award Watch List and has been responsible for a total of 20 touchdowns this season, including 12 passing. He is averaging 282.3 yards of total offense per game which ranks fourth among the CAA leaders.
McBride grabbed CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honors after leading No. 18 Richmond to a 38-6 win over Rhode Island and the Rams’ rushing attack. McBride led the Spider defense with a career-high 16 tackles, including two of the Spiders’ 16 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The Richmond, Va., native also recorded one of Richmond’s six sacks on the day, resulting in a loss of eight yards. McBride and the Spider defense bottled up Rhode Island’s rushing game, which was tops in the league coming into the game, limiting the Rams to just 166 rushing yards on 53 attempts. Three of McBride’s game-high 16 tackles came on third-down plays, forcing Rhode Island into punting situations.
Huggins, the CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week, finished with a total of 204 all-purpose yards in No. 10 Hofstra’s 40-3 loss at the hands of No. 11 New Hampshire. The Irvington, N.J., native averaged 17.8 yards (107 return yards) on six kickoff returns, including a long of 23. One of the newest additions to the Payton Award Watch List, Huggins garnered 54 yards on 16 carries and also hauled in six passes for 42 yards.
Abramowitz logged CAA Football Rookie of the Week honors after teaming with McBride to help No. 18 Richmond top Rhode Island, 38-6, at home. The Marietta, Ga., native finished the contest with a career-best 10 total tackles, including four for a loss of 15 yards. The Spiders, who totaled 16 tackles for loss and six sacks, limited Rhode Island’s rushing attack to just 166 yards on 53 carries. Abramowitz, who came off the bench in Saturday’s contest, garnered the first sack of his career and helped Richmond limit the Rams to just 251 yards of total offense -- nearly 130 off their average coming into the game.
CAA COACHES PICK UMASS TO REPEAT AT LEAGUE CHAMP
Massachusetts, which returns 12 starters off last year’s squad that advanced to the NCAA FCS National Championship game, is picked to capture the inaugural CAA Football Championship in 2007 according to a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches and selected media. Along with the Minutemen, New Hampshire’s senior quarterback Ricky Santos and James Madison’s senior safety Tony LeZotte were each selected as Preseason All-CAA Football Players of the Year. The results of the poll, along with the 2007 All-CAA Football Preseason squad, were announced during the CAA Football Media Day at the ESPNZone in Baltimore, Md., July 25.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
North Division (First-place votes)
1. Massachusetts (15)
2. New Hampshire (8)
6. Rhode Island
South Division (First-place votes)
1. James Madison (11)
2. Delaware (10)
3. Towson (1)
5. Villanova (1)
6. William & Mary
THREE-OR-MORE CAA FOOTBALL TEAM AMONG SINGLE WEEK SPORTS NETWORK TOP 25 SINCE 2002
In every season since the inception of the Sports Network Top 25, CAA Football (Atlantic 10) has had at least three teams ranked each week in the Top 25, and as many as seven teams six times from 2002-05.
CAA Football has also boasted at least two teams in the polls’ Top 10 in 61 of the last 65 weeks dating back to 2003, including a current streak of 35-straight weeks.
Two CAA Football squads (UNH 10, JMU 1) held the polls’ No. 1 ranking in 11 of 24 weeks from 2005-06.
CAA Football has six teams ranked in the Sports Networks’ Top 25 this week. For a complete rundown of all the national polls visit page 18 of the notes.
CAA FOOTBALL IN THE SPORTS NETWORK POLL BREAKDOWN
2005 - (Week 3) - Delaware, James Madison, William & Mary, Hofstra, Massachusetts, Rhode Island
2004 - (Weeks 3-4) - Delaware, James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Villanova
2004 - (Weeks 5-6) - Delaware, James Madison, Maine, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Villanova, William & Mary
2002 - (Week 2) - Delaware, Hofstra, Maine, Northeastern, Richmond, Villanova, William & Mary
2007 - (Week 4-8) - Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond
2007 - (Week 2) - Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Towson
2006 - (Weeks 3-5) - Delaware, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond, Towson
2006 - (Week 6) - James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond, Towson
2006 - (Week 8) - Delaware, James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond
2006 - (Week 9) - James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond, Towson
2005 - (Pre-Week 2, 4) - Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, William & Mary
2004 - (Weeks 1-2) - Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Villanova
2004 - (Weeks 7-8) - Delaware, James Madison, Maine, New Hampshire, Villanova, William & Mary
2002 - (Week 3) - Hofstra, Maine, Northeastern, Richmond, Villanova, William & Mary
2002 - (Week 4) - Hofstra, James Madison, Maine, Northeastern, Villanova, William & Mary
2007 - (Week 3) - Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
2006 - (Pre-Week 2) - Delaware, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond
2006 - (Week 7, 10) - James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond
2006 - (Week 11) - James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Towson
2005 - (Week 5-6) - Delaware, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, William & Mary
2005 - (Week 7) - Hofstra, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, William & Mary
2005 - (Week 10) - James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond, William & Mary
2004 - (Pre) - Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Northeastern, Villanova
2004 - (Week 9) - Delaware, James Madison, New Hampshire, Villanova, William & Mary
2003 - (Pre-6, 12) - Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Northeastern, Villanova
2002 - (Weeks 7-11) - Maine, Massachusetts, Northeastern, Villanova, William & Mary
2007 - (Pre, Week 1) - Delaware, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
2006 - (Week 12) - James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
2005 - (Week 8) - James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, William & Mary
2005 - (Week 9) - Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond, William & Mary
2005 - (Final) - James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond
2004 - (Week 10-Final) - Delaware, James Madison, New Hampshire, William & Mary
2003 - (Week 7) - Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Villanova
2003 - (Week 11, 13, F) - Delaware, Massachusetts, Northeastern, Villanova
2002 - (Pre) - Delaware, Hofstra, Maine, William & Mary
2002 - (Week 1) - Delaware, Maine, Villanova, William & Mary
2002 - (Week 5-6, 12) - Maine, Northeastern, Villanova, William & Mary
CAA Football squads are a combined 21-4 (.840) against non-conference FCS opponents -- a better non-conference winning percentage than any other FCS league in the country. Last season, CAA Football (Atlantic 10) finished the regular season 15-5 against FCS non-conference opponents. All six CAA Football squads ranked in this week’s Sports Network poll make up 40 percent of the poll’s Top-15. Only the Southern Conference comes within one team of having as many squads ranked, but only two of its five ranked teams appear in the Top-15. For a complete list of all non-conference games and results refer to page 18 in the notes packet and be sure to check out both national polls on page 19 of the notes.
MADE FOR TV
When the CAA kicked off its football season at Media Day, July 25, at the ESPNZone in Baltimore, Md., the conference announced a blockbuster television package which included 31 games, including a 20-game conference package on CN8 and Comcast SportsNet. As of Oct. 23 the conference is now slated to have as many as 40 games on TV (48 percent of the regular season). The most recent additions come thanks to a partnership of the ECAC and NESN which will carry three Northern Division contests beginning this weekend -- Rhode Island/New Hampshire. Check local listings for details on all upcoming CAA Football broadcasts.
THAT MAKES IT 14 IN 10 YEARS
With New Hampshire’s 48-35 win at Marshall Sept. 15, CAA Football has now won 14 games versus BCS opponents in the last 10 years (11 different opponents). The league also boasts at least one win over the BCS level in each of the last five seasons. The league sports a 10-year record of 14-56 (.200) against BCS level opponents dating back to 1997. For a complete list of CAA Football’s wins over BCS opponents check out page 18 of the notes.
NATIONAL HONORS ALL AROUND
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. CAA Football has garnered recognition in six of the eight weeks in 2007. CAA Football boasts a total of 11 national winners, trailing only the Southern Conference’s 13 National Player of the Week honorees. Checkout pages 16 & 17 of the notes for a complete rundown of every National Player of the Week, including those from the CAA.
CUFF KEEPS SNIFFING THE ENDZONE
Delaware’s Omar Cuff has a knack for finding the endzone. The Landover, Md., native has scored 24 of Delaware’s 33 total touchdowns over seven games this season (17-of-22 in five conference games). His 20.6 points/game average, which leads the league, is also tops nationally among all NCAA Football. Cuff’s average is 2.6 points better than the second-place mark in the FCS ranks (Mike McLeod, Yale), and 7.6 points better than the FBS rankings leader (Marcus Thomas, UTEP).
ONE MAN WRECKING CREW
Hofstra’s Kareem Huggins is a “do-it-all” back for the Pride. The Irvington, N.J., native not only leads the CAA in all-purpose yards (217.1 yds/game), but he also ranks atop the country’s all-purpose yard leaderboard. Huggins, who has also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this season for Hofstra, has an average of more than 36 yards better than Tim Hightower’s mark of 181.1 this season (second in the CAA). Huggins has a better than 19-yard edge over Mike McLeod’s (Yale) second-place honor among FCS all-purpose runners. Huggins’ edge over the FBS all-purpose leader, Kevin Robinson (Utah State), is 8.8 yards as Robinson also returns kickoff and punts.
QUITE AN INAUGURAL GAME
CAA Football kicked off its first-ever season with a shootout in Williamsburg, Va. William and Mary and Delaware combined to score 80 points in the contest, 42 coming in the fourth quarter alone. The Tribe’s Jake Phillips broke a William and Mary school record by throwing for 433 yards. Delaware’s Omar Cuff tied an NCAA FCS (formerly I-AA) record for single-game touchdowns (7) -- a mark which had been set twice, and most recently in 1998. He also broke three single-game league marks including rushing touchdowns (6), total touchdowns (7) and total points (42).
BUCHANAN WATCH IN THE CAA
There are a handful of CAA Football players who should be considered for the 2007 Buck Buchanan Award -- the FCS National Defensive Player of the Year honor. The Sports Network updated its watch list, Oct. 16, and two players from CAA Football remained from the preseason watch list -- Jason Hatchell, Massachusetts and Tony LeZotte, James Madison.
After eight weeks of play several other individuals in the league have arguably shown the merits to be part of the Buchanan Watch list including: Brian Bradford, Towson; Stanley Gutierrez, Hofstra; Jeff Pammer, New Hampshire, Gian Villante, Hofstra and Charles Walker, Massachusetts.
Below is a rundown of each of the seven players’ numbers thus far in 2007.
-- Brian Bradford, LB - 8 G, 42 solo, 55 assisted, 97 total, 10-36 TFL, 2-20 sacks, 1-0 INT, 3 PBU, 3 FF, 1 BK
-- Stanley Gutierrez, LB - 7 G, 19 solo, 40 assisted, 59 total, 6.5-20 TFL, 1.5-11 sacks, 3-10 INT, 1 PBU, 2 FF
-- *Jason Hatchell, LB - 7 G, 27 solo, 36 assisted, 63 total, 1-4 TFL, 0.5-3 sacks, 2-11 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FF
-- *Tony LeZotte, S - 7 G, 23 solo, 25 assisted, 48 total, 3-5 TFL, 2-15 INT, 4 PBU
-- Jeff Pammer, S - 7 G, 29 solo, 33 assisted, 62 total, 0.5-1 TFL, 2-66 INT, 2 PBU
-- Gian Villante, LB - 7 G, 34 solo, 35 assisted, 69 total, 4-16 TFL, 1.5-12 sacks, 4 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF
-- Charles Walker, LB - 7 G, 25 solo, 43 assisted, 68 total, 2-2 TFL, 2 FR, 1 FF
* -- Buck Buchanan Watch List (Oct. 16).
PAYTON WATCH IN THE CAA
Several CAA Football players should be considered for the 2007 Walter Payton Award -- the FCS National Player of the Year honor. The Sports Network updated its watch list, Oct. 16, and a total of five players from CAA Football were part of the roster-- Liam Coen, Massachusetts; Omar Cuff, Delaware; Tim Hightower, Richmond; Kareem Huggins, Hofsta and Ricky Santos, New Hampshire.
After eight weeks of play several other individuals in the league have arguably shown the merits to be part of the Payton Watch list including: Joe Flacco, Delaware; Rodney Landers, James Madison Jake Phillips, William and Mary and Sean Schaefer, Towson.
Below is a rundown of each of the nine players’ numbers thus far in 2007.
-- *Liam Coen, QB - 113-170-5-1511 passing yds, 66.5%, 15 TD, 215.9 pass yds/game, 192-(-69)-1511-1442 total yds, 206.0 total yds/game
-- *Omar Cuff, RB - 169-863 rushing yds, 20 TD, 123.3 rushing yds/game, 23-233 receiving yds, 4 TD, 33.3 receiving yds/game, 156.6 all-purpose yds/game
-- Joe Flacco, QB - 155-213-3-1974 passing yds, 72.8%, 9 TD, 282.0 passing yds/game, 30-1974-2004 total yds, 286.3 total yds/game
-- *Tim Hightower, RB - 143-1099 rushing yds, 14 TD, 157.0 rushing yds/game, 21-168 receiving yds, 3 TD, 24.0 receiving yds/game, 181.0 all-purpose yds/game
-- *Kareem Huggins, RB - 157-837 rushing yds, 8 TD, 119.6 rushing yds/game, 13-96 receiving yds, 0 TD, 13.7 receiving yds/game, 217.1 all-purpose yds/game
-- Rodney Landers, QB - 91-126-2-1226 passing yds, 72.2%, 10 TD, 175.1 passing yds/game, 117-685 rushing yds, 7 TD, 97.9 rushing yds/game, 243-685-1226-1911 total yds, 273.0 total yds/game
-- Jake Phillips, QB - 125-214-4-1978 passing yds, 58.4%, 14 TD, 282.6 passing yds/game, 75-1978-2053 total yds, 293.3 total yds/game
-- *Ricky Santos, QB - 134-182-2-1530 passing yds, 73.6%, 12 TD, 255.0 passing yds/game, 57-164 rushing yds, 8 TD, 27.3 rushing yds/game, 239-164-1530-1694 total yds, 282.3 total yds/game
-- Sean Schaefer, QB - 168-277-16-1712 passing yds, 60.6%, 9 TD, 214.0 passing yds/game, 313-(-105)-1712-1607 total yards, 200.9 total yds/game
* -- Walter Payton Watch List (Oct. 16).
CAA IN THE NFL
A total of 34 CAA Football alumni were part of NFL rosters on opening day. Below is a list of CAA Football alum who had notable stats in the most recent week of NFL action, as well as those still on rosters (includes active rosters, practice squads and injured reserve/physically unable to perform) as of Oct. 22.
Player, Alma Mater - Game Result
- Marcel Shipp (UMass) - L 21-19, WAS
Arizona Cardinals (1-(-1) rush yd, 1-7 rec yd)
- Daren Stone (Maine) - L 22-16, NO
Atlanta Falcons (1 tackle)
- Mike Flynn (Maine) - L 19-14, BUF
Baltimore Ravens (started game on OL)
- Brandon McGowan (Maine) - W 19-16, PHI
Chicago Bears (2 tackles)
- Corey Graham (New Hampshire) - W 19-16, PHI
Chicago Bears (1 tackle)
- Mike Adams (Delaware) - BYE
- Stephen Bowen (Hofstra) - W 24-14, MIN
Dallas Cowboys (appeared in game)
- Mike Leach (W&M) - W 31-28, PIT
Denver Broncos (appeared in game)
- Paris Lenon (Richmond) - W 23-16, TB
Detroit Lions (9 tackles, 1 pass defended)
- Shawn Barber (Richmond) - W 38-36, TEN
Houston Texans (1 tackle)
- Montell Owens (Maine) - L 29-7, IND
Jacksonville Jaguars (appeared in game)
- Darren Sharper (W&M) - L 24-14, DAL
Minnesota Vikings (6 tackles)
- Marques Coltson (Hofstra) - W 22-16, ATL
New Orleans Saints (3-45 rec yd)
- Jermon Bushrod (Towson) - W 22-16, ATL
New Orleans Saints (not active)
- Mike DeVito (Maine) - L 38-31, CIN
New York Jets (not active)
- Stacy Tutt (Richmond) - L 38-31, CIN
New York Jets (appeared in game)
- Brian Westbrook (Villanova) - L 19-16, CHI
Philadelphia Eagles (18-79 rush yd, 6-40 rec yd)
- Willie Colon (Hofstra) - L 31-28, DEN
Pittsburgh Steelers (started game at OL)
- Dan Kreider (New Hampshire) - L 31-28, DEN
Pittsburgh Steelers (started game at FB)
- Stephen Cooper (Maine) - BYE
San Diego Chargers
- Ben Patrick (Delaware) - Arizona Cardinals (PS)
- Steve Baylark (UMass) - Arizona Cardinals (PS)
- Christian Gaddis (Villanova) - Buffalo Bills (PS)
- Brandon London (UMass) - New York Giants (PS)
- Raymond Ventrone (‘Nova) - New England Patriots (PS)
- Akeem Jordan (JMU) - Philadelphia Eagles (PS)
- Dominique Thompson (W&M) - St. Louis Rams (PS)
- Devale Ellis (Hofstra) - Detroit Lions (PUP)
- James Ihedigbo (UMass) - New York Jets (IR)
- Brian Finneran (Villanova) - Atlanta Falcons (IR)
- Jamin Elliott (Delaware) - Atlanta Falcons (IR)
PS - Practice Squad, PUP - Physically Unable to Perform, IR - Injured Reserve
2007 CAA FOOTBALL TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES
#8/9 DELAWARE (6-1, 4-1)
This Week: at Navy (4-3)
Next Week: hosts #6/6 James Madison (6-1, 4-0)
--Delaware used its longest drive of the season (21 plays for 91 yards and 8:37 time used) to add some insurance late in the fourth quarter against Northeastern two weekends ago. The drive took place in the fourth quarter when the Blue Hens held onto the ball for more than 10 minutes.
-- Omar Cuff rushed 39 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a 25-yard scoring pass against Northeastern two weeks ago. Cuff matched a career-high with 39 carries, had his second 200+ rushing game of the season and the 15th 100+ rushing game of his career. The running back also tied the UD record for single-season touchdowns at 24 (three on the day) equalling a mark set by Gardy Kahoe in 1971.
-- Jon Striefsky booted a school-record tying three field goals and set a Delaware record for consecutive field goals made (9) in the Northeastern game. The placekicker remains perfect on the season connecting on 9-of-9 field goals and 32-of-32 PAT attempts.
#15/15 HOFSTRA (6-1, 3-1)
This Week: at Villanova (4-3, 2-2)
Next Week: hosts William and Mary (4-3, 2-2)
-- The Pride had its six-game winning streak snapped on Saturday in a 40-3 loss to New Hampshire at Shuart Stadium. Hofstra has not been 7-0 since 1995 when it won the first 10 games of the year before a loss at Marshall in the regular season finale.
-- Charles Sullivan hauled in nine passes for 74 yards against New Hampshire to break the Hofstra career receptions record of 206, previously held by Steven Jackson (1997-2000). Sullivan now has 212 career catches for 2,629 yards, which also moves him ahead of Jackson (2,561) into third place on the Hofstra career receiving yards chart.
-- True freshman receiver Anthony Nelson posted career-highs of 10 receptions for 128 yards in the Pride’s loss to New Hampshire. His previous highs were seven catches for 92 yards against Furman.
-- Hofstra dropped its fifth-straight game to UNH and the Wildcats took a 6-5-1 series lead over the Pride.
#6/6 JAMES MADISON (6-1, 4-0)
This Week: hosts #14/14 Richmond (5-2, 3-1)
Next Week: at #8/9 Delaware (6-1, 4-1)
-- Quarterback Rodney Landers hit on 11-of-15 passes for 242 yards and three TDs, and ran 27 times for 173 yards against Rhode Island two weeks ago. The 415 yards of total offense rank as the best total offense output in team history. His 173 yards on the ground marks his third 100-yard rushing game of season. It also ranks as the second-best rushing total for a JMU quarterback, and the most since 1977.
-- The Dukes’ racked up a season-best total of 576 yards in offense against the Rhode Island Rams, their last opponent.
-- Jason Pritchard and Dave Stannard combined to tie a team single-game record with three field goals against Rhode Island. Pritchard connected on a 50-yarder, the fifth-longest in school history, while Stannard hit on attempts of 25 and 24 yards.
-- Running Back Griff Yancey made his first career start and rushed 11 times for 95 yards and a score against the Rams. The freshman also caught a seven-yard pass and had a career-long run of 56-yards.
MAINE (1-6, 0-4)
This Week: at Northeastern (1-6, 0-4)
Next Week: hosts Towson (3-5, 1-4)
-- Jhamal Fluellen has totalled at least 190 yards of offense in each of the last two games. He accumulated 202 total yards against William and Mary two weeks ago (197 rush, five receiving), and 192 total yards at Stony Brook (129 rush, 63 receiving). He has garnered 175 total yards in three games this season including 175 (167 rush, eight receiving) at Villanova.
-- Adam Farkes has thrown for five touchdowns in the last 10 quarters dating back to the second half at Hofstra (Oct. 6). During the span, four of Farkes’ five touchdown passes have come via “big plays,” which means 20-yards or longer. Farkes’ two TD passes against William and Mary were 20- and 31-yarders to Landis Williams. Against Stony Brook, Farkes tossed a 50-yard pass to Williams and a 49-yarder to Jhamal Fluellen.
--John Wormuth has recorded double-digit tackles in each of the last three games (Hofstra-16, W&M-14, Stony Brook-12). He has made 42 tackles in that span for an average of 14.0 per contest.
#4/4 MASSACHUSETTS (6-1, 4-0)
This Week: at William and Mary (4-3, 2-2)
Next Week: at Rhode Island (1-6, 0-4)
-- Last Saturday against Northeastern, Liam Coen tied Todd Bankhead (1998-99) in career touchdown passes with 51. He will break the mark with his next TD toss.
-- Coen is also just 316 yards from tying Bankhead as the school’s most prolific passer. He comes into the William and Mary contest with 6,702 yards, while Bankhead has 7,018 in just two seasons.
-- David Burris leads the CAA with 9.0 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. His totals also rank him among the best in the country -- third in sacks and 12th in tackles for loss.
-- Burris has moved into sixth in career sacks with 22.5. His 9.0 sacks this season already ranks him in a tie for No. 10 on the UMass single-season sack list.
-- UMass’ defense leads the CAA in scoring defense, allowing just 17.4 points per game, a total which also ranks 13th nationally.
#9/8 NEW HAMPSHIRE (5-2, 2-2)
This Week: hosts Rhode Island (1-6, 0-4)
Next Week: hosts Northeastern (1-6, 0-4)
-- New Hampshire defeated its second ranked team in three games, after topping Delaware Oct. 6. The Wildcats’ last three opponents had a 16-1 combined record before falling to New Hampshire -- Delaware was 5-0, Iona was 5-1 and Hofstra was 6-0.
-- Punter Tom Bishop averaged 42.8 yards per punt (6 - 257 yards) against Hofstra, as four of the six were downed inside of the 20. Bishop also garnered a first down on a fake punt -- rushing 26 yards helping continue a drive which ended in a TD.
-- Ricky Santos, who injured his right shoulder on a running play (third-degree AC sprain) against Delaware Oct. 6, earned CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week and National Player of the Week honors this week. The senior was 19-of-23 passing for 262 yards and four touchdowns. He also garnered one rushing touchdown in the win over Hofstra.
-- JT Wright hauled in two touchdown catches against Hofstra. A 31-yarder and another for one yard. He finished the day with three catches for 37 yards.
NORTHEASTERN (1-6, 0-4)
This Week: hosts Maine (1-6, 0-4)
Next Week: at #9/8 New Hampshire (5-2, 2-2)
-- In the last few weeks, quarterback Anthony Orio has entered the career top 10 of many Husky passing categories. Orio is currently sixth in passing completions (257), 10th in passing touchdowns (16), eighth in passing attempts (471) and ninth in passing yards (2,866).
-- Maurice Murray led the Northeastern ground attack, rushing for 89 yards in the loss at UMass last week. Murray is fifth in the CAA in rushing yards with 759 and fifth in yards/game with 108.4. Murray now has 13 career 100-yard games and his 182 yards Oct. 6 vs. James Madison rank as the second-highest total of his career. He rushed for 226 yards against Rhode Island in 2006.
-- Murray blasted a 50-yard run in the Huskies’ 42-14 win over Northwestern State Sept. 15. The run ties his career long rush, which he previously had set against Delaware, Oct. 7, 2006.
RHODE ISLAND (1-6, 0-4)
This Week: at #9/8 New Hampshire (5-2, 2-2)
Next Week: hosts #4/4 Massachusetts (6-1, 4-0)
-- Senior Brian Giannecchini booted a career-long 49 yard field goal against the Richmond, Oct. 20. The field goal tied for the third-longest in school history.
-- Junior Joe Casey picked up 94 yards against Richmond, helping move him past Leroy Shaw (1977-1980) into fifth place on Rhode Island’s all-time rushing list with 2,800 career rushing yards.
-- Senior Raji El-Amin returned three kickoffs for 85 yards against Richmond last Saturday -- an average of 28.3 yards per return.
-- Quarterback Derek Cassidy passed for a career-high 184 yards against James Madison two weeks ago. His previous high was a 172 yard effort against Hofstra, Sept. 22, 2007.
#14/14 RICHMOND (5-2, 3-1)
This Week: at #6/6 James Madison (6-1, 4-0)
Next Week: hosts Villanova (4-3, 2-2)
-- Richmond head coach Dave Clawson coached his 100th career game on Saturday against Rhode Island, and improved his nine-year record to 52-48. Clawson is 23-19 in his fourth year at Richmond, but is 20-11 since 2005.
-- With the win over Rhode Island, Richmond improved to 16-0 when scoring 30 points or more, 16-4 when scoring first and 20-2 when leading at the half -- in the Clawson era.
-- Tim Hightower extended his streak of consecutive games with a TD to eight in the win over Rhode Island, dating back to the final game of last season. He caught a 12-yard pass, putting Richmond on top 10-0 midway through the first quarter. Hightower carried the ball 19 times for 96 yards, snapping his string of five-straight games over 100-yards on the ground.
-- With 74 yards rushing on seven carries, quarterback Eric Ward had a career-high day on the ground against Rhode Island.
TOWSON (3-5, 1-4)
This Week: Bye Week
Next Week: at Maine (1-6, 0-4)
-- The loss to Colgate snapped the Tigers’ 13-game win streak over non-conference opponents. Last Saturday’s loss was the first non-league loss for Towson since falling 62-28 at Yale,Sept. 20, 2003.
-- Towson’s game at Colgate was a see-saw contest including two ties (7-7, 10-10) and five lead changes. After the Tigers took a 17-13 lead on an eight-yard run by Nick Williams with 14:33 remaining, the Raiders dominated the rest of the game. Colgate scored on a 60-yard drive and added an insurance score with 45 seconds left to complete an 86-yard drive.
-- Senior linebacker John Webb made three tackles at Colgate. Webb moved into fourth place on the Tigers’ all-time list of tackle leaders with 278 stops, passing Rodney Smith.
-- Junior wide receiver Marcus Lee caught six passes for 69 yards in the loss at Colgate.
VILLANOVA (4-3, 2-2)
This Week: hosts #15/15 Hofstra (6-1, 3-1)
Next Week: at #14/14 Richmond (5-2, 3-1)
-- UMass and Villanova’s four-overtime game two weeks ago was the second-longest game in Villanova history, as the longest was a 6OT win over Connecticut in 1989 (41-35). The game also equalled the longest game in terms of overtimes this season -- Boise State/Nevada also lasted four overtimes on the same weekend.
-- Villanova is 8-4 all-time in overtime games, while their contest against Massachusetts marked the second time this season the Wildcats have gone to extra periods.
-- The Wildcats started five true freshmen against Massachusetts two weeks ago, including quarterback Chris Whitney. Whitney, replacing Antwon Young who was injured against William and Mary, completed 9-of-17 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown (18 yards). Whitney also ran 21 times for 48 yards and a nine-yard TD.
-- RB Matt Dicken recorded career highs in carries (35) and yards (172) two weeks ago against UMass.
WILLIAM AND MARY (4-3, 2-2)
This Week: hosts #4/4 Massachusetts (6-1, 4-0)
Next Week: at #15/15 Hofstra (6-1, 3-1)
-- William and Mary snapped a two-game losing streak in the all-time series with Maine following its 21-20 win two weeks ago. The Tribe also improved to 3-1 all-time when playing in Orono, Maine.
-- Quarterback Jake Phillips’ 31-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Dohse in the second quarter against Maine was the 30th of Phillips’ career. It tied him with Dan Darragh (1965-67) for eighth place on the school’s career touchdown passes list. Later, a third-quarter pass from Phillips to Dohse put the signal-caller in sole possession of the eighth position.
-- Cameron Dohse recorded career-highs for the second-straight week in receptions (7) and receiving yards (123). In his last two games, Dohse has 15 receptions for 240 yards and three touchdowns. The CAA Football Rookie of the Week, two weeks ago, also became the first Tribe receiver to haul in two touchdown catches in a game this season.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES -- WEEK 9
#14/14 RICHMOND AT #6/6 JAMES MADISON
Saturday, Oct. 27 - 12:00 pm
Bridgeforth Stadium (14,513), Harrisonburg, Va.
Television: CSN-MA, CSN-P, CSS - Bob Picozzi (pbp), Sonny Randle (analyst), Rich Wolff (producer), Chris Grain (director)
Satellite Radio: Sirius Satellite Radio - 119 (Richmond Broadcast)
Series: Richmond leads 13-11
Last Meeting: Oct. 28, 2006, James Madison 27-10 in Richmond, Va.
Richmond (5-2, 3-1 CAA)
Coach: Dave Clawson (Williams College, 1989)
Career: 52-48 (9 years)
School: 23-19 (4 years)
Rushing: Tim Hightower (7 G, 143-1099 yards, 14 TD)
Passing: Eric Ward (7 G, 114-179-6-1209 yards, 6 TD)
Receiving: Kevin Grayson (6 G, 31-448 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Eric McBride (7 G, 40 assisted, 25 solo, 65 total)
Sacks: Collin McConaghy (6 G, 6-50 yards)
Interceptions: Patrick Weldon (7 G, 1-44 yards)
James Madison (6-1, 4-0 CAA)
Coach: Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, 1976)
Career: 62-41 (9 years)
School: 62-41 (9 years)
Rushing: Rodney Landers (7 G, 117-685 yards, 7 TD)
Passing: Rodney Landers (7 G, 91-126-2-1226 yards, 10 TD)
Receiving: LC Baker (6 G, 23-354 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Justin Barnes (7 G, 35 assisted, 28 solo, 63 total)
Sacks: Sam Daniels (7 G, 4-17 yards)
Interceptions: Tony LeZotte (7 G, 2-15 yards)
RHODE ISLAND AT #9/8 NEW HAMPSHIRE
Saturday, Oct. 27 - 12:00 pm
Cowell Stadium (6,500), Durham, N.H.
Television: NESN - Eric Frede (pbp), Steve DeOssie (analyst), Paul Souza (sideline)
Series: Rhode Island leads 47-27-5
Last Meeting: Nov. 11, 2006, New Hampshire 63-21 in Kingston, R.I.
Rhode Island (1-6, 0-4 CAA)
Coach: Tim Stowers (Auburn, 1980)
Career: 82-78 (14 years)
School: 31-55 (8 years)
Rushing: Joe Casey (7 G, 140-677 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Derek Cassidy (7 G, 6-118-5-802 yards, 3 TD)
Receiving: Shawn Leonard (7 G, 26-352 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: LT Brantley (6 G, 22 assisted, 24 solo, 46 total)
Sacks: Dana Hart (7 G, 4-27 yards)
Interceptions: Ki’Ameer Johnson (7 G, 2-64 yards)
New Hampshire (5-2, 2-2 CAA)
Coach: Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire, 1978)
Career: 58-44 (9 years)
School: 58-44 (9 years)
Rushing: Robert Simpson (7 G 55-261 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Ricky Santos (6 G, 134-182-2-1530 yards, 12 TD)
Receiving: Keith LeVan (7 G, 40-531 yards, 9 TD)
Tackles: Jeff Pammer (7 G, 33 assisted, 29 solo, 62 total)
Sacks: Matt Perdoni (7 G, 3-10 yards)
Interceptions: Jeff Pammer (7 G, 2-66 yards)
#4/4 MASSACHUSETTS AT WILLIAM AND MARY
Saturday, Oct. 27 - 1:00 pm
Cary Field at Walter J. Zable Stadium (12,259), Williamsburg, Va.
Series: Massachusetts leads 6-4
Last Meeting: Oct. 7, 2006, Massachusetts 48-7 in Amherst, Mass.
Massachusetts (6-1, 4-0 CAA)
Coach: Don Brown (Norwich, 1977)
Career: 84-38 (11 years)
School: 32-12 (4 years)
Rushing: Matt Lawrence (7 G, 153-797 yards, 8 TD)
Passing: Liam Coen (7 G, 113-170-5-1511 yards, 15 TD)
Receiving: JJ Moore (7 G, 44-622 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Charles Walker (7 G, 43 assisted, 25 solo, 68 total)
Sacks: David Burris (7 G, 9-54 yards)
Interceptions: Courtney Robinson (7 G, 3-39 yards)
William and Mary (4-3, 2-2 CAA)
Coach: Jimmye Laycock (William and Mary, 1970)
Career: 182-130-2 (28 years)
School: 182-130-2 (28 years)
Rushing: Courtland Marriner (5 G, 59-262 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Jake Phillips (7 G, 125-214-4-1978 yards, 14 TD)
Receiving: Elliott Mack (7 G, 24-446 yards, 4 TD)
Tackles: David Caldwell (7 G, 30 assisted, 35 solo, 65 total)
Sacks: Sean Lissemore (6 G, 2-14 yards)
Interceptions: Derek Cox (7 G, 3-69 yards)
MAINE AT NORTHEASTERN
Saturday, Oct. 27 - 2:00 pm
Parsons Field (7,000), Brookline, Mass.
Series: Maine leads 22-16
Last Meeting: Nov. 4, 2006, Maine 30-3 in Orono, Maine
Maine (1-6, 0-4 CAA)
Coach: Jack Cosgrove (Maine, 1978)
Career: 77-89 (15 years)
School: 77-89 (15 years)
Rushing: Jhamal Fluellen (7 G, 145-747 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Adam Farkes (6 G, 63-126-4-651 yards, 6 TD)
Receiving: Landis Williams (6 G, 17-239 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: John Wormuth (7 G, 37 assisted, 35 solo, 72 total)
Sacks: Patrick McCrossan (7 G, 4-28 yards)
Interceptions: Lionel Nixon (5 G, 1-20 yards)
Northeastern (1-6, 0-4 CAA)
Coach: Rocky Hager (Minot State, 1974)
Career: 104-52-1 (14 years)
School: 13-27 (4 years)
Rushing: Maurice Murray (7 G, 170-759 yards, 6 TD)
Passing: Anthony Orio (7 G, 88-157-4-942 yards, 5 TD)
Receiving: Chris Plum (7 G, 22-311 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Craig Kenney (7 G, 33 assisted, 20 solo, 53 total)
Sacks: AJ Lillie (7 G, 2-16 yards)
Interceptions: Mike Lukenda (7 G, 1-59 yards)
#15/15 HOFSTRA AT VILLANOVA
Saturday, Oct. 27 - 3:30 pm
Villanova Stadium (12,000), Villanova, Pa.
Television: CN8, SNY - Scott Graham (pbp), Jon Ritchie (analyst), Gregg Murphy (sideline), Bob Anderson (producer), John Anderson (director)
Series: Villanova leads 3-1
Last Meeting: Oct. 7, 2006, Villanova 20-16 in Hempstead, N.Y.
Hofstra (6-1, 3-1 CAA)
Coach: Dave Cohen (C.W. Post, 1988)
Career: 8-10 (2 years)
School: 8-10 (2 years)
Rushing: Kareem Huggins (7 G, 157-837 yards, 8 TD)
Passing: Bryan Savage (7 G, 160-247-12-1915 yards, 9 TD)
Receiving: Charles Sullivan (7 G, 60-751 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: Gian Villante (7 G, 35 assisted, 34 solo, 69 total)
Sacks: Ken Sussman (7 G, 3.5-30 yards)
Interceptions: David Darby (7 G, 3-19 yards)
Villanova (4-3, 2-2 CAA)
Coach: Andy Talley (S. Connectictut, 1967)
Career: 180-115-2 (28 years)
School: 152-97-1 (23 years)
Rushing: Matt Dicken (7 G, 130-539 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Antwon Young (6 G, 99-153-4-1192 yards, 14 TD)
Receiving: Matthew Sherry (7 G, 28-377 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: Osayi Osunde (7 G, 32 assisted, 16 solo, 48 total)
Sacks: Tim Kukucka (7 G, 5-19 yards)
Interceptions: Salim Koroma (6 G, 2-42 yards)
#8/9 DELAWARE AT NAVY
Saturday, Oct. 27 - 1:00 pm
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000), Annapolis, Md.
Television: CSTV - Pete Medhurst (pbp), Scott Zolak (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius Satellie Radio -- 107 (Navy Broadcast)
Series: Navy leads 7-6
Last Meeting: Oct. 30, 2004, Navy 34-20 in Annapolis, Md.
Delaware (6-1, 4-1 CAA)
Coach: K.C. Keeler (Delaware, 1981)
Career: 135-44-1 (14 years)
School: 47-23 (6 years)
Rushing: Omar Cuff (7 G, 169-863 yards, 20 TD)
Passing: Joe Flacco (7 G, 155-213-3-1974 yards, 9 TD)
Receiving: Aaron Love (6 G, 32-442 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Anthony Bratton (6 G, 17 assisted, 35 solo, 52 total)
Sacks: Matt Marcorelle (6 G, 5.5-46 yards)
Interceptions: Fred Andrew (7 G, 2-78 yards)
Coach: Paul Johnson (Western Carolina, 1979)
Career: 103-38 (11 years)
School: 41-28 (6 years)
Rushing: Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada (7 G, 110-583 yards, 9 TD)
Passing: Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada (7 G, 35-64-4-626 yards, 4 TD)
Receiving: OJ Washington (7 G, 8-199 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Irv Spencer (7 G, 23 assisted, 27 solo, 50 total)
Sacks: Matt Wimsatt (7 G, 1-10 yards)
Interceptions: Ketric Buffin (6 G, 4-53 yards)