CAA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK -- NOV. 19
CAA Football announced its final group of Player of the Week honorees for the 2007 season, Monday, Nov. 19. Five individuals earned honors after helping each of their teams to victories Saturday, including Massachusetts’ J.J. Moore, New Hampshire’s Ricky Santos, James Madison’s John Baranowsky and Scotty McGee and Villanova’s Terence Thomas.
Moore, one of two CAA Football Offensive Players of the Week, helped No. 8 Massachusetts earn its second-straight league championship by topping No. 22 Hofstra, 27-5, on the road. Moore hauled in 11 catches for 155 yards and scored two touchdowns in the win. Moore, a St. Petersburg, Fla., native now ranks as the second-best single-game receiver in school history as his total of 11 catches are just behind his own record mark of 13. Half of UMass quarterback Liam Coen’s 22 completions on the day went to Moore and more than half of his 309 yards passing were thanks to Moore’s efforts.
Santos, the second of two CAA Football Offensive Players of the Week, helped the 20th-ranked Wildcats end their regular season with a 39-14 win at home against Maine. The Bellingham, Mass., native connected on 25-of-32 pass attempts for 355 yards and four touchdowns. The now-three time weekly league honoree had touchdown completions of 58, 18, 49 and 15 yards on the day, and ends the regular season with a completion percentage of 73 percent.
Baranowsky, the CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week, helped No. 14 James Madison to a regular-season ending 23-13 victory over Towson at home. The Sudbury, Mass., native recorded five of the Dukes’ nine totals sacks on the day, helping limit Towson to a net rushing total of zero. The senior ended the game with seven total tackles, while his five sacks totalled 27 yards.
McGee earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors after logging the longest kickoff return in school history, helping No. 14 James Madison to a 23-13 win over Towson. The sophomore took the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards pushing the Dukes out in front early. The 100-yard return ties the longest return in league annals, and is the first time since Northeastern’s Art Smith returned a kickoff 100 yards against New Hampshire in 2002. The Virginia Beach, Va., native broke his own school record with the return -- having taken a 99-yard return back for a score in JMU’s playoff loss last season at Youngstown State.
Thomas logged his first CAA Football Rookie of the Week honor after helping Villanova to a 16-10 upset win over No. 9 Delaware. The Wildcats, behind Thomas and a strong defensive effort, held the Blue Hens to season lows in points (10) and total offense (281). Thomas ended the game with six total tackles -- all solo, a sack for seven yards and two tackles for a loss of nine yards. The Lawrenceville, N.J., native also was in on one of four pass-breakups by Villanova.
MASSACHUSETTS NAMED CAA FOOTBALL’S AUTOMATIC QUALIFIER
On Thursday, Nov. 15, the CAA Football athletic directors held a conference call to determine how the CAA should determine its automatic qualifier to the NCAA Football Championship; should both Massachusetts and Richmond finish the season as co-champions with identical 7-1 records, without having played each other. Under the conference tie-breaking procedures their records against common opponents and their strength of non-conference opponents were identical. The final step in the process was a vote by the uninvolved athletic directors.
The athletic directors discussed and evaluated a number of items, including, but not limited to: point differential versus common opponents and various computer and human ranking services. The directors also noted that regardless of their decision, both Massachusetts and Richmond will be recognized identically as CAA co-champions; both teams are nationally ranked virtually assuring selection for the NCAA Championship and are likely first round host teams. In light of these factors, the directors concluded that the designation of the conference’s automatic qualifier merely will designate either team as the automatic qualifier or at-large team, but will not impact the evaluation of either champion by the NCAA Football Committee. Under these circumstances, the athletic directors concluded that the teams were indistinguishable and therefore the conference automatic qualifier should be determined by a coin-flip conducted by the Commissioner.
The coin-flip was conducted by CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager following the conclusion of both games. Massachusetts won the coin toss and will be the CAA’s automatic qualifier to the 2007 NCAA Football Championship.
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.
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 seven times.
CAA Football has also boasted at least two teams in the polls’ Top 10 in 65 of the last 69 weeks dating back to 2003, including a current streak of 39-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 five teams ranked in the Sports Networks’ Top 25 this week. For a complete rundown of all the national polls visit page 25 of the notes.
CAA FOOTBALL IN THE SPORTS NETWORK POLL BREAKDOWN
2007 - (Week 9) - Delaware, James Madison, Hofstra, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond, Villanova
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, 10-11) - 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 12) - Delaware, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Richmond
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 NOTEBOOK
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 season 19-8 against FCS non-conference opponents which includes six games in the playoffs. Four of the five CAA Football squads ranked in this week’s Sports Network poll make up more than 25 percent of the poll’s Top-15. Only the Southern Conference comes within one team of having as many squads ranked, but only three of its four squads are among the Top-15. For a complete list of all non-conference games and results refer to page 24 in the notes packet and be sure to check out both national polls on page 25 of the notes.
NCAA RECORDS WATCH
It is NCAA Record watch time as the year moves into the postseason. New Hampshire’s Ricky Santos and Delaware’s Omar Cuff are lurking among some of the all-time NCAA marks. Santos is third on the all-time career TD pass list with 121 (Record: 140), third on the career pass yards list with 12,961 (Record: 14,496) and third on the all-time career total offense list with 14,338 (Record: 16,823). Cuff is sixth in career points-per-game with a 10.7 average (Record: 12.5) and currently holds the single-season points-per-game mark with a 18.0 average (Existing Record: 16.2). Cuff’s single-season rushing touchdown mark of 29 is just one off the all-time record of 30, while his single-season overall touchdown mark of 33 breaks the all-time record of 31 set last season.
THAT MAKES IT 15 IN 10 YEARS
With New Hampshire’s 48-35 win at Marshall Sept. 15 and Delaware’s 59-52 win at bowl-bound Navy Oct. 27, CAA Football has now won 15 games versus BCS/FBS opponents in the last 10 years (11 different opponents). The league also boasts two wins over the BCS/FBS level in five of the last six seasons. CAA Football sports a 10-year record of 15-56 (.211) against BCS/FBS level opponents dating back to 1997. For a complete list of CAA Football’s wins over BCS opponents check out page 24 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 nine of the 12 weeks in 2007. CAA Football boasts a total of 15 national winners, trailing only the Southern Conference’s 16 National Player of the Week honorees. Check out pages 21-23 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 33 of Delaware’s 53 total touchdowns in 11 games this season (22-of-34 in eight conference games). His 18.0 points/game average, which leads the league, is also tops nationally among all NCAA Football. Cuff’s average is 4.2 points better than the second-place mark in the FCS ranks (Mike McLeod, Yale), and 4.4 points better than the FBS rankings leader (Kevin Smith, Central Florida).
THE MILLENNIUM MEN
The proverbial number which determines greatness in a running back’s season is 1,000 yards. CAA Football has six such backs in its fold, while two others finished just footsteps away from reaching the honorable plateau. Richmond’s Tim Hightower was the first to cross the 1,000 yardline this season, and now with his 1,561 mark, is pushing to the 1,750 yard level. Delaware’s Omar Cuff crossed it Oct. 27, and takes a 1,369 yard total into the playoffs. Northeastern’s Maurice Murray used a 206-yard effort, Nov. 3, to place himself among the CAA 1,000-yard rushers and finished the season with a grand total of 1,421. Massachusetts’ Matt Lawrence also passed the 1,000-yard barrier on a wet and windy track, Nov. 3, and has upped his mark to 1,306. Maine’s Jhamal Fluellen crossed into the promise land against Rhode Island, Nov. 10, and ended his junior campaign with a total of 1,052 yards. JMU’s quarterback Rodney Landers ended the regular season with more than 1,000 yards and carries a 1,144 yard total into the playoffs. Hofstra’s Kareem Huggins (957) and Villanova running back Matt Dicken (922) each had aspirations of reaching the 1,000 mark but came up short as the 2007 season ended.
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 released its Final Watch List, Nov. 16, and two players from CAA Football were part of the roster -- Jason Hatchell, Massachusetts and Tony LeZotte, James Madison.
After the regular season 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 during the 2007 season.
-- Brian Bradford, LB - 11 G, 65 solo, 84 assisted, 149 total, 13.5-50 TFL, 3.5-27 sacks, 1-0 INT, 3 PBU, 4 FF, 1 BK
-- Stanley Gutierrez, LB - 11 G, 34 solo, 54 assisted, 88 total, 7-20 TFL, 1.5-11 sacks, 4-10 INT, 2 PBU, 3 FF
-- *Jason Hatchell, LB - 11 G, 40 solo, 56 assisted, 96 total, 5-12 TFL, 0.5-3 sacks, 2-11 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF
-- *Tony LeZotte, S - 11 G, 48 solo, 40 assisted, 88 total, 4-7 TFL, 2-15 INT, 8 PBU
-- Jeff Pammer, S - 11 G, 44 solo, 75 assisted, 119 total, 2-4 TFL, 0.5-1 sacks, 2-66 INT, 2 PBU
-- Gian Villante, LB - 11 G, 55 solo, 55 assisted, 110 total, 6-21 TFL, 1.5-12 sacks, 5 PBU, 2 FR, 1 FF
-- Charles Walker, LB - 11 G, 40 solo, 64 assisted, 104 total, 6.5-16 TFL, 1-3 sacks, 1 PBU, 2 FR, 2 FF
* -- Buck Buchanan Final Watch List (Nov. 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 released its Final Watch List, Nov. 12, and a total of four players from CAA Football were part of the roster -- Liam Coen, Massachusetts; Omar Cuff, Delaware; Tim Hightower, Richmond and Ricky Santos, New Hampshire.
After the regular season several other individuals in the league have arguably shown the merits to be part of the Payton Watch list including: Joe Flacco, Delaware; Kareem Huggins, Hofstra; Rodney Landers, James Madison; Jake Phillips, William and Mary and Sean Schaefer, Towson.
Below is a rundown of each of the nine players’ numbers during the 2007 season.
-- *Liam Coen, QB - 180-281-11-2251 passing yds, 64.1%, 23 TD, 204.6 pass yds/game, 310-(-79)-2251-2172 total yds, 197.5 total yds/game
-- *Omar Cuff, RB - 290-1369 rushing yds, 29 TD, 124.5 rushing yds/game, 41-387 receiving yds, 4 TD, 35.2 receiving yds/game, 159.6 all-purpose yds/game
-- Joe Flacco, QB - 251-370-5-3185 passing yds, 67.8%, 17 TD, 289.5 passing yds/game, 414-51-3185-3236 total yds, 294.2 total yds/game
-- *Tim Hightower, RB - 251-1561 rushing yds, 17 TD, 141.9 rushing yds/game, 27-194 receiving yds, 3 TD, 17.6 receiving yds/game, 159.5 all-purpose yds/game
-- Kareem Huggins, RB - 178-957 rushing yds, 9 TD, 106.3 rushing yds/game, 15-103 receiving yds, 0 TD, 11.4 receiving yds/game, 189.0 all-purpose yds/game
-- Rodney Landers, QB - 120-190-4-1554 passing yds, 63.2%, 12 TD, 141.3 passing yds/game, 194-1144 rushing yds, 12 TD, 104.0 rushing yds/game, 384-1144-1554-2698 total yds, 245.3 total yds/game
-- Jake Phillips, QB - 190-336-7-2801 passing yds, 56.5%, 19 TD, 254.6 passing yds/game, 435-192-2801-2993 total yds, 272.1 total yds/game
-- *Ricky Santos, QB - 230-315-7-2721 passing yds, 73.0%, 22 TD, 272.1 passing yds/game, 99-211 rushing yds, 9 TD, 21.1 rushing yds/game, 414-211-2721-2932 total yds, 293.2 total yds/game
-- Sean Schaefer, QB - 255-417-19-2553 passing yds, 61.2%, 12 TD, 232.1 passing yds/game, 475-(-157)-2553-2396 total yards, 217.8 total yds/game
* -- Walter Payton Final Watch List (Nov. 12)
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 Nov. 20.
Player, Alma Mater - Game Result
- Ben Patrick (Delaware) - W 35-27, CIN
Arizona Cardinals (appeared in game)
- Marcel Shipp (UMass) - W 35-27, CIN
Arizona Cardinals (1 tackle)
- Daren Stone (Maine) - L 31-7, TB
Atlanta Falcons (1 tackle)
- Mike Flynn (Maine) - L 33-30, CLE
Baltimore Ravens (started game at OL)
- Brandon McGowan (Maine) - L 30-23, SEA
Chicago Bears (4 tackles)
- Corey Graham (New Hampshire) - L 30-23, SEA
Chicago Bears (1 tackle)
- Mike Adams (Delaware) - W 33-30, BAL
Cleveland Browns (1 tackle, 1-7 yd sack, QBH, FR)
- Stephen Bowen (Hofstra) - W 28-23, WAS
Dallas Cowboys (appeared in game)
- Mike Leach (W&M) - W 34-20, TEN
Denver Broncos (appeared in game)
- Paris Lenon (Richmond) - L 16-10, NYG
Detroit Lions (7 tackles, FF)
- Montell Owens (Maine) - W 24-17, SD
Jacksonville Jaguars (appeared in game)
- Lance Schulters (Hofstra) - L 17-7, PHI
Miami Dolphins (appeared in game)
- Darren Sharper (W&M) - W 29-22, OAK
Minnesota Vikings (3 tackles, PD)
- Marques Coltson (Hofstra) - L 23-10, HOU
New Orleans Saints (9-118 rec yd)
- Jermon Bushrod (Towson) - L 23-10, HOU
New Orleans Saints (appeared in game)
- Mike DeVito (Maine) - W 19-16, PIT
New York Jets (appeared in game)
- Akeem Jordan (JMU) - W 17-7, MIA
Philadelphia Eagles (1 tackle)
- Brian Westbrook (Villanova) - W 17-7, MIA
Philadelphia Eagles (32-148 rush yd, 1-0 rec yd)
- Willie Colon (Hofstra) - L 19-16, NYJ
Pittsburgh Steelers (started game at OL)
- Dan Kreider (New Hampshire) - L 19-16, NYJ
Pittsburgh Steelers (appeared in game)
- Stephen Cooper (Maine) - L 24-17, JAC
San Diego Chargers (3 tackles)
- Jeremy Cain (Massachusetts) - L 34-20, DEN
Tennessee Titans (appeared in game)
- Steve Baylark (UMass) - Arizona Cardinals (PS)
- Christian Gaddis (Villanova) - Buffalo Bills (PS)
- Raymond Ventrone (‘Nova) - New England Patriots (PS)
- Brandon London (UMass) - New York Giants (PS)
- Dominique Thompson (W&M) - St. Louis Rams (PS)
- Ryan Gibbons (N’eastern) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (PS)
- Devale Ellis (Hofstra) - Detroit Lions (PUP)
- Brian Finneran (Villanova) - Atlanta Falcons (IR)
- Jamin Elliott (Delaware) - Atlanta Falcons (IR)
- Shawn Barber (Richmond) - Houston Texans (IR)
- Stacy Tutt (Richmond) - New York Jets (IR)
- James Ihedigbo (UMass) - New York Jets (IR)
PS - Practice Squad, PUP - Physically Unable to Perform, IR - Injured Reserve
CAA FOOTBALL - NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP NOTEBOOK
-- CAA Football’s five berths in the 2007 NCAA Division I Football Championships marks the most ever by one single conference in the playoff field.
-- CAA Football (previously the Atlantic 10 and Yankee Conference) holds the distinction of being only one of two conferences to ever place four in the playoff field -- 2004. The Gateway Conference also has done it, sending four in 2003.
-- CAA Football now has garnered a total of 69 playoff berths in the history of the league -- The Yankee Conference was established in 1946, but the Championships did not begin until 1978. In the most recent history, the league has garnered 19 berths over the last six years.
-- Over the last five years CAA Football has garnered 21 wins in its NCAA Championship competition.
-- In those same five years, CAA Football has had two different National Champions emerge in consecutive seasons (Delaware in 2003, JMU in 2004) -- the only conference which can boast that fact.
-- CAA Football is the only conference to ever boast four schools in the National Quarterfinals during the same season (2004).
-- CAA Football has had three different teams compete in the National Championship game over the last four seasons.
-- CAA Football has had at least one team advance to the National Semifinal in seven of the last 10 seasons.
-- CAA Football is 29-27 in First Round NCAA Division I National Championship games.
-- The five CAA Football teams which are part of the 2007 Championships are a combined 31-27 all-time against non-conference foes in the playoffs.
-- CAA Football squads will be facing Appalachian State, Delaware State, Eastern Kentucky, Fordham and Northern Iowa in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Division I National Championships. Those five teams are a combined 11-5 when facing a team from the CAA Football conference in the playoffs. Only Delaware State has yet to face a team from CAA Football in the NCAA playoffs.
-- CAA Football is 46-54 all-time in NCAA Championship play which includes games against conference opponents (43-51 all-time against non-conference foes).
-- Over the last four seasons only CAA Football and the Gateway Conference have a better-than-.500 mark in the NCAA Division I National Championships. CAA Football is 18-9 in the playoffs over the last four years, while all five of this season’s teams are .500-or-better in their playoff appearances during the span.
CAA FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
CAA Football co-champions Massachusetts and Richmond received a bevy of post-season honors as the league announced their inaugural all-conference teams on Monday.
The awards, which were voted on by the CAA’s head football coaches, were handed out after the most successful regular-season in FCS history with an NCAA record five teams making the playoffs and seven squads finishing the year with seven or more victories.
Delaware senior quarterback Joe Flacco and New Hampshire senior quarterback Ricky Santos were chosen as the CAA Co-Offensive Players of the Year, while Defensive Player of the Year honors went to James Madison senior safety Tony LeZotte and Richmond’s Dave Clawson was tabbed as Coach of the Year.
The Spiders also received three other major awards as freshman Justin Rogers was named Special Teams Player of the Year, freshman wide receiver Kevin Grayson received Offensive Rookie of the Year accolades and freshman linebacker Eric McBride was selected as Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Massachusetts led all conference schools with seven players selected to the All-CAA first team. Delaware was close behind with six first-team picks and New Hampshire had four. Hofstra, James Madison and Richmond all placed three players on the first team.
Flacco completed 251-of-370 passes for a conference-best 3,185 yards this season. He also led the league and ranked seventh in the nation in total offense (294.2 ypg). The senior from Audobon, N.J. completed 67.8 percent of his passes and threw 17 touchdowns with only five interceptions. Flacco had two 400-yard passing games and three games with more than 300 yards in the air, highlighted by a 434-yard, four-touchdown performance in the Blue Hens’ 59-52 win over FBS foe Navy. Delaware, which is 8-3 overall and headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2004, averaged a league-high 38.1 points per game.
Santos received Offensive Player of the Year honors for the third year in a row, becoming the first player in league history to accomplish that feat. He earned Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2005 and shared the award with Massachusetts’ Steve Baylark in 2006. The senior quarterback from Bellingham, Mass., completed 73 percent of his passes (230-of-315) for 2,721 yards to achieve a league-leading pass efficiency rating of 164.2. Santos threw for 22 touchdowns and also rushed for nine touchdowns, leading New Hampshire to a 7-4 record and the Wildcats’ fourth consecutive playoff appearance.
LeZotte earned CAA Football Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second time in his career and became the only player in league history to earn first-team all-conference honors in all four seasons. The senior safety from Augusta, Ga. was second on James Madison’s defense with 88 tackles, including four tackles for loss. A Buck Buchanan Award Finalist, LeZotte also had two interceptions and a league-high eight pass breakups this season. It is the fifth time that a JMU player has been named league Defensive Player of the Year since Mickey Matthews took over the program in 1999, including each of the past three seasons.
Clawson was named CAA Football Coach of the Year for the second time in the past three seasons. He guided the Spiders to a 9-2 overall record and a share of the CAA championship with a 7-1 mark after being picked to finish fourth in the South Division in pre-season polls. The fourth-year head coach has amassed a 27-19 record, earning two conference championships and a pair of NCAA FCS Championship appearances during his tenure.
Rogers electrified special teams for Richmond all season, leading the CAA and ranking third in the nation in kickoff returns by averaging 32.5 yards with two touchdowns. The red-shirt freshman from Baton Rouge, La. had a 93-yard return for a score in the Spiders’ season-opener at Vanderbilt and also had an 85-yard TD return against New Hampshire. Rogers recorded the two highest single-game return performances in the CAA this season with 222 yards against UNH and 201 yards versus Vanderbilt.
Grayson became the second Spider in as many seasons to win CAA Football Offensive Rookie of the Year honors after quarterback Eric Ward earned it in 2006. The freshman wide receiver from Richmond, Va., who was also a second-team all-conference selection, led the Spiders with 49 receptions for 695 yards and four touchdowns. Two of his touchdown receptions came in the Spiders’ five-overtime victory at Delaware, including one during the overtime session.
McBride is the second UR player in the last three years to win the CAA Football Defensive Rookie of the Year award. The freshman linebacker from Richmond, Va., led the Spiders with 104 tackles, including 46 solo stops. He also recorded 2.5 sacks and forced two fumbles during his rookie campaign. McBride made a season-high 16 tackles against Rhode Island with two tackles for loss and one sack. He finished the season eighth in the conference with his 104 tackles, registering as the only freshman among the league’s Top-15.
CAA CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Joe Flacco, Delaware and Ricky Santos, New Hampshire
CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tony LeZotte, James Madison
CAA COACH OF THE YEAR: Dave Clawson, Richmond
CAA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Justin Rogers, Richmond
CAA OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Kevin Grayson, Richmond
CAA DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Eric McBride, Richmond
|2007 ALL-CAA FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM|
|(as voted on by the head coaches)|
|QB||Ricky Santos||New Hampshire||Senior|
|FB/HB||Joe Casey||Rhode Island||Junior|
|WR||Keith Levan||New Hampshire||Senior|
|OL||Nick Couturier||New Hampshire||Senior|
|OL||Scott Lemn||James Madison||Junior|
|DL||John Baranowsky||James Madison||Senior|
|S||Tony LeZotte||James Madison||Senior|
|S||Jeff Pammer||New Hampshire||Senior|
|P||Bryan Giannecchini||Rhode Island||Senior|
|2007 ALL-CAA FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM|
|(as voted on by the head coaches)|
|QB||Rodney Landers||James Madison||Junior|
|OL||Mark Stolte||Rhode Island||Senior|
|PK||David Stannard||James Madison||Junior|
|DL||Hassan Abdul-Wahid||James Madison||Junior|
|LB||Justin Barnes||James Madison||Senior|
|LB||Husain Karim||New Hampshire||Senior|
|CB||John Clements||New Hampshire||Junior|
|CB||Ki’Ameer Johnson||Rhode Island||Junior|
|CB||Evan McCollough||James Madison||Junior|
|P||Tom Bishop||New Hampshire||Junior|
|2007 ALL-CAA FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM|
|(as voted on by the head coaches)|
|QB||Jake Phillips||William and Mary||Junior|
|WR||LC Baker||James Madison||Senior|
|WR||Elliott Mack||William and Mary||Junior|
|TE||Scott Sicko||New Hampshire||Sophomore|
|OL||Terrence Apted||James Madison||Junior|
|OL||Brad Stewart||William and Mary||Senior|
|PR||LC Baker||James Madison||Senior|
|DL||Marvin Wright||New Hampshire||Senior|
|CB||Derek Cox||William and Mary||Junior|
|P||Jason Pritchard||James Madison||Junior|
2007 CAA FOOTBALL TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES
#13/13 DELAWARE (8-3, 5-3)
This Week: host #10/10 Delaware State (10-1)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- Since joining CAA Football (formerly the Atlantic 10 and Yankee Conference) in 1986, Delaware is 14-9 overall against non-conference opponents in the playoffs.
-- Delaware was held to season lows for points (10) and yards (281) in the loss at Villanova last weekend. Going into the game against the Wildcats, Delaware had scored 30 or more points in six-straight games.
-- Joe Flacco completed his first six passes against Villanova, but finished the day 17-of-37 for 145 yards and one touchdowns. Flacco had a streak of 15-straight passing games of 200+ yards snapped but did set the UD career completions record with 515 (old mark of 502 was set by current AFL star Matt Nagy in 1997-00).
--Omar Cuff, the nation's leading scorer, was held without a touchdown for the first time this season and had a streak of 12-straight games with a TD snapped against Villanova, one shy of the Delaware record. Cuff's 1,369 rushing yards this season is the fourth-highest in Blue Hen history.
HOFSTRA (7-4, 4-4)
This Week: Season Complete
-- Hofstra concluded its 2007 season last Saturday with a 27-5 loss to Massachusetts.
-- Charles Sullivan concluded his Hofstra career by capturing two more school receiving records. He grabbed 11 passes for 90 yards in last weekend’s contest, which broke Marques Colston’s career receiving yards record of 2,834 and finished up with 2,869 yards. Earlier in the season he broke the career receptions record which is now up to 238, as well as the single season receptions record -- 86 receptions for 991 yards.
-- Bryan Savage completed 21-of-34 passes for 129 yards in the Pride’s loss to UMass last weekend. His 129 yards moved him up three places to sixth on the Hofstra single season passing list with 2,668 yards in 2007. Savage moved past Ryan Cosentino (2,608 in 2002), Rhory Moss (2,639 in 1990), and Giovanni Carmazzi (2,651 in 1999).
#9/12 JAMES MADISON (8-3, 6-2)
This Week: at #6/5 Appalachian State (9-2)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- Rodney Landers ran 27 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns against Towson last weekend. He also completed seven of 12 passes for 71 yards in JMU's 23-13 win. Landers raised his season rushing total to 1,114 yards, becoming JMU's first QB to run for 1,000 yards in season. During the Towson game, Landers set JMU's season total offense record of 2,698 yards, breaking Mike Cawley's 1994 mark of 2,624 yards.
-- Scotty McGee returned the Towson game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown marking the longest kick return in team history and his second career return for a TD (99-yarder at Youngstown in playoffs last season). McGee broke the previous record of 99 yard held by himself and Jay Jones in 1996 at Richmond.
-- Tony LeZotte made his 49th-straight career start in the Towson game -- each JMU game during the last four seasons. LeZotte, the CAA Football Defensive Player of the Year, was involved in nine tackles and now has 409 for his career.\
MAINE (4-7, 3-5)
This Week: Season Complete
-- Maine concluded its 2007 season last Saturday with a 39-14 loss at New Hampshire.
-- Junior Jovan Belcher recorded four sacks of UNH’s Ricky Santos in the contest at New Hampshire, giving him a total of 10 for the season. Belcher becomes the seventh Black Bear in program history to record at least 10 sacks in a season, as it was also the fourth-straight week he made multiple tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
-- Running back Jhamal Fluellen caught a pass from Michael Brusko and raced 84 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter against New Hampshire. The pass tied the school record for the longest reception in school history.
-- A total of six Maine Black Bears earned All-Conference honors in 2007. Belcher was named a First Team defensive lineman, while Fluellen earned Third Team running back honors. Also honored were Ryan Canary, Andrew Downey, Shawn Demaray and Bruno Dorismond.
#7/7 MASSACHUSETTS (9-2, 7-1)
This Week: host #23/25 Fordham (8-3)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- UMass held Hofstra to just eight first downs last weekend. The school record for fewest first downs is 0 by Cooper Union against UMass in 1931. It was the fewest since Albany had six first downs back in 2005.
-- JJ Moore had 11 catches for the third-best day in UMass history. He holds a share of the school record with 13 set back in 2005 at Colgate. Moore moved to fourth in single-season catches during the Hofstra game giving him 65 this season. He passed Tim Berra (62 in 1973), Brandon London (60 in 2006) and Marcel Shipp (54 in 1999). Moore also moved to sixth in single-season receiving yards with his total of 155 against Hofstra giving him 891. Moore went by a slew of players: Kerry Taylor (854 in 1998), Chip Mitchell (819 in 1989), Bob Simeone (794 in 1984), Brandon London (781 in 2006 and 774 in 2005).
-- Liam Coen moved to seventh in single-season passing with 309 yards in the Hofstra game. Coen now has 2,251, just better than the UMass mark of 2,175, he established in 2005.
#15/17 NEW HAMPSHIRE (7-4, 4-4)
This Week: at #1/1 Northern Iowa (11-0)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- Ricky Santos was spectacular completing 25-of-32 passes for 355 yards and four passing TDs en route to a 39-14 victory over Maine last weekend. Santos completed TD passes of 58, 18, 49 and 15 yards in the win. For his efforts, Santos earned Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors in the league.
-- Mike Boyle was spectacular in New Hampshire’s win over Maine, making a team-high seven catches for 170 yards and three TD catches of 58, 18 and 49 yards from Santos.
-- This weekend’s game marks a rematch of a 2005 NCAA Championships Quarterfinal game which saw Northern Iowa win on the road 24-21. New Hampshire, which has been a part of the league since its inception in 1946, has played against seven non-conference opponents in the playoffs and carries a mark of 3-4 in those games.
NORTHEASTERN (3-8, 2-6)
This Week: Season Complete
-- Maurice Murray, a First Team All-Conference running back, put up his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season in the loss to Rhode Island last weekend. It also marked his fourth consecutive, running for 182 yards. He had three rushes of 28 yards or more, including a 28-yard rush which set a new Northeastern career record in rushing yards and total touchdowns with 3,806 and 43, respectively. Murray also finishes as the all-time NU leader in rushing attempts and rushing touchdowns. His 1,421 single-season yards rank second in school singl-season history, and his 14 touchdowns equal a single-season school mark.
-- Quarterback Anthony Orio finished the 2007 season as Northeastern’s career leader in completion percentage at 56.7 percent. Orio was 51-for-74 (68.9 percent) over the final four games of the season.
-- Joe Mele, a Third Team All-Conference linebacker, had another big game last weekend as he made a career-high 17 tackles and also recorded a half sack.
RHODE ISLAND (3-8, 2-6)
This Week: Season Complete
-- Rhode Island’s Damien Gresko and Bryan Giannecchini were named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I First Team. Giannecchini, a landscape architecture major, holds a 3.69 GPA. Gresko, also a 2006 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Second Team selection, started four games on the offensive line in 2007 before suffering a season-ending injury. Gresko, an accounting and finance major, holds a 3.98 GPA.
-- Derek Cassidy scored four touchdowns (two rush, two pass) in Rhode Island'scome-from-behind 35-30 win over Northeastern last weekend. Cassidy had touchdown runs of one and two yards and finished with 71 yards on 16 carries. He also threw touchdown passes to Shawn Leonard and Jimmy Hughes, finishing with 123 yards through the air.
-- Freshman Anthony Ferrer posted his first-career 100-yard game, finishing with 109 yards on the ground and became the fourth different URI running back to lead the team in single-game rushing this season (Joe Casey, Jimmy Hughes, Jerell Jones).
#8/6 RICHMOND (9-2, 7-1)
This Week: host #11/9 Eastern Kentucky (9-2)
Next Week: To Be Determined
-- Richmond’s win over William and Mary helped clinch a share of the first-ever CAA Football title. It marked the Spiders second conference crown in three years, fourth since 1998 and ninth all-time (one CAA, three A-10, one Yankee, four Southern).
-- The Spiders have now won six-consecutive games, its longest winning streak since taking eight-straight wins into the second round of the 2005 NCAA Playoffs.
-- Eric Ward turned a busted play into a first-down on fourth-and-three deep in Tribe territory last weekend. After his pass was batted in the air by a W&M defensive lineman, Ward caught the tipped pass and scrambled for a gain of five to move the chains. The Ward-to-Ward pass was the first reception of his career.
-- Tim Hightower will enter the playoffs needing 172 yards for the Spiders’ career rushing record, 69 yards for the single-season rushing record and 141 yards for the single-season all-purpose yards records.
TOWSON (3-8, 1-7)
This Week: Season Complete
-- In his final college game, linebacker Brian Bradford made 15 tackles, and finished his career with 328 tackles, third on Towson’s career list. Bradford finished the season with 149 tackles to lead the CAA, and ranks second in NCAA FCS with 149 tackles in 11 games.
-- In the final game of his college career, wide receiver Demetrius Harrison matched his career high with 11 receptions for 95 yards. Harrison finished his career with 114 catches for 1,251 yards and nine touchdowns. As a senior, he caught 58 passes for 545 yards and ranked seventh in the CAA. Harrison ended his career tied for 15th place on Towson’s career pass receiving list.
-- In the final game of the 2007 season, quarterback Sean Schaefer completed 40-of-59 passes for a season-high 349 yards and one TD. Schaefer was especially productive considering he was sacked nine times against JMU. Schaefer will enter his senior season with 8,358 passing yards, 543 yards away from Dan Crowley and the all-time record.
VILLANOVA (7-4, 5-3)
This Week: Season Complete
-- Villanova ended its season just outside the field of 16 with a mark of 7-4 and 5-3 in league play, having beat a Top-10 foe in Delaware on the last weekend of the season, 16-10.
-- With the win the Villanova/Delaware series is now tied at 20-20-1.
-- Last season, sophomore linebacker Osayi Osunde had three tackles all year. This year he led the team with 82 and earned a spot on the All-Conference third team at linebacker.
-- A total of four Villanova Wildcats earned All-Conference honors in 2007. Tight end Matt Sherry was a First Team selection, while Tim Kukucka earned Second Team honors on the defensive line. Also honored were Matt Dicken as a Third Team running back and Oasyi Osunde as a Third Team linebacker.
WILLIAM AND MARY (4-7, 2-6)
This Week: Season Complete
-- With the loss at Richmond, W&M finished the year at 4-7, its third consecutive losing season. The last time W&M had three-straight losing seasons was 1980 to 1982, which were head coach Jimmye Laycock’s first three seasons.
-- Wide receiver Elliott Mack set career-highs with 10 receptions and 201 yards receiving and also scored on a 5-yard rush against Richmond. Mack was the first Tribe receiver to record a 200-yard receiving game since 2004, when Dominique Thompson (2001-04) set the school record with 244 yards at Delaware. Mack is also the first Tribe receiver to reach double-digit receptions since 2004, when current senior Joe Nicholas tallied 11 catches in a quarterfinal playoff victory over Delaware.
-- With a touchdown pass to Drew Atchison, Jake Phillips, who earned Third Team All-Conference honors, brought his career total to 36, which is tied for seventh-best in school history. Phillips matched Bud Lex’s (1946-49) career total. Phillips also surpassed the 5,000-yard mark for his career, reaching 5,128 yards passing which still stands fifth all-time.
2007 CAA FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES -- WEEK 13
#10/10 DELAWARE STATE AT #13/13 DELAWARE
Friday, Nov. 23 - 1:30 pm
Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium (22,000), Newark, Del.
Television: ESPN/ESPNHD - Dave Ryan (pbp), Jim Donnan (analyst), Shannon Spake (sideline), Steve Melton (producer)
Series: First Meeting
Delaware State (10-1)
Coach: Al Lavan (Colorado State, 1970)
Career: 28-16 (4 years, including a 2-1 interim stint at Eastern Michigan)
School: 26-15 (4 years)
Rushing: Kareem Jones (9 G, 160-671 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Vashon Winton (11 G, 143-240-5-1562 yards, 12 TD)
Receiving: Shaheer McBride (11 G, 47-583 yards, 9 TD)
Tackles: Russell Reeves (11 G, 27 assisted, 45 solo, 72 total)
Sacks: Russell Reeves (11 G, 5-55 yards)
Interceptions: Akeem Green (11 G, 3-86 yards)
Delaware (8-3, 5-3 CAA)
Coach: K.C. Keeler (Delaware, 1981)
Career: 137-46-1 (14 years)
School: 49-25 (6 years)
Rushing: Omar Cuff (11 G, 290-1369 yards, 29 TD)
Passing: Joe Flacco (11 G, 251-370-5-3185 yards, 17 TD)
Receiving: Aaron Love (10 G, 55-741 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Erik Johnson (11 G, 40 assisted, 45 solo, 85 total)
Sacks: Matt Marcorelle (10 G, 5.5-46 yards)
Interceptions: Fred Andrew (11 G, 2-78 yards)
#23/25 FORDHAM AT #7/7 MASSACHUSETTS
Saturday, Nov. 24 - 12:00 pm
Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000), Amherst, Mass.
Television: ESPNU - Clay Matvick (pbp), Larry Coker (analyst), Todd Jones (producer), Anthony DeMarco (director)
Series: First Meeting
Coach: Tom Masella (Wagner, 1981)
Career: 28-34 (6 years)
School: 11-11 (2 years)
Rushing: Jonte Coven (11 G, 183-926 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: John Skelton (11 G, 191-337-10-2369 yards, 19 TD)
Receiving: Asa Lucas (9 G, 32-573 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Dominique Owens (11 G, 35 assisted, 43 solo, 78 total)
Sacks: Nicholas Magiera (11 G, 3.5-25 yards)
Interceptions: Earl Hudnell (11 G, 3-70 yards)
Massachusetts (9-2, 7-1 CAA)
Coach: Don Brown (Norwich, 1977)
Career: 87-39 (11 years)
School: 35-13 (4 years)
Rushing: Matt Lawrence (11 G, 263-1306 yards, 13 TD)
Passing: Liam Coen (11 G, 180-281-11-2251 yards, 23 TD)
Receiving: JJ Moore (11 G, 65-891 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: Charles Walker (11 G, 64 assisted, 40 solo, 104 total)
Sacks: David Burris (11 G, 9-54 yards)
Interceptions: Courtney Robinson (11 G, 3-39 yards)
#9/12 JAMES MADISON AT #6/5 APPALACHIAN STATE
Saturday, Nov. 24 - 12:00 pm
Kidd Brewer Stadium (16,650), Boone, N.C.
Television: CN8, CSS - Chuck Hussion (pbp), Avery Hall (analyst)
Series: Appalachian State leads 11-3
Last Meeting: Sept. 9, 2006, Appalachian State 21-10 in Boone, N.C.
James Madison (8-3, 6-2 CAA)
Coach: Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, 1976)
Career: 64-43 (9 years)
School: 64-43 (9 years)
Rushing: Rodney Landers (11 G, 194-1144 yards, 12 TD)
Passing: Rodney Landers (11 G, 120-190-4-1554 yards, 12 TD)
Receiving: LC Baker (8 G, 24-354 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Justin Barnes (11 G, 48 assisted, 46 solo, 94 total)
Sacks: Sam Daniels (11 G, 6.5-29 yards)
Interceptions: Tony LeZotte (11 G, 2-15 yards)
Appalachian State (9-2)
Coach: Jerry Moore (Baylor, 1961)
Career: 190-118-2 (26 years)
School: 163-70 (19 years)
Rushing: Kevin Richardson (11 G, 199-1030 yards, 12 TD)
Passing: Armanti Edwards (7 G, 98-152-7-1221 yards, 9 TD)
Receiving: Hans Batichon (11 G, 42-660 yards, 6 TD)
Tackles: Jacque Roman (11 G, 54 assisted, 34 solo, 88 total)
Sacks: Tony Robertson (11 G, 5.5-36 yards)
Interceptions: Corey Lynch (11 G, 4-112 yards)
#11/9 EASTERN KENTUCKY AT #8/6 RICHMOND
Saturday, Nov. 24 - 6:00 pm
UR Stadium (21,319), Richmond, Va.
Series: First Meeting
Eastern Kentucky (9-2)
Coach: Danny Hope (Eastern Kentucky, 1981)
Career: 35-21 (5 years)
School: 35-21 (5 years)
Rushing: Bobby Washington (11 G, 164-1002 yards, 10 TD)
Passing: Allan Holland (11 G, 173-284-3-1962 yards, 14 TD)
Receiving: Quinton Williams (11 G, 35-579 yards, 7 TD)
Tackles: Justin Curry (11 G, 51 assisted, 39 solo, 90 total)
Sacks: George Anderson (11 G, 7.5-48 yards)
Interceptions: Derrick Huff (10 G, 9-120 yards)
Richmond (9-2, 7-1 CAA)
Coach: Dave Clawson (Williams College, 1989)
Career: 56-48 (9 years)
School: 27-19 (4 years)
Rushing: Tim Hightower (11 G, 251-1561 yards, 17 TD)
Passing: Eric Ward (11 G, 169-275-9-1813 yards, 12 TD)
Receiving: Kevin Grayson (9 G, 49-695 yards, 4 TD)
Tackles: Eric McBride (11 G, 58 assisted, 46 solo, 104 total)
Sacks: Collin McConaghy (11 G, 7.5-59 yards)
Interceptions: Seth Williams (11 G, 2-44 yards)
#15/17 NEW HAMPSHIRE AT #1/1 NORTHERN IOWA
Saturday, Nov. 24 - 7:35 pm (ET)
UNI-Dome (16,324), Cedar Falls, Iowa
Series: Northern Iowa leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Dec. 3, 2005, Northern Iowa 24-21 in Durham, N.H.
New Hampshire (7-4, 4-4 CAA)
Coach: Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire, 1978)
Career: 60-46 (9 years)
School: 60-46 (9 years)
Rushing: Chad Kacker (8 G, 69-319 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Ricky Santos (10 G, 230-315-7-2721 yards, 22 TD)
Receiving: Keith LeVan (11 G, 66-787 yards, 10 TD)
Tackles: Jeff Pammer (11 G, 75 assisted, 44 solo, 119 total)
Sacks: Matt Perdoni (11 G, 4.5-14 yards)
Interceptions: Jeff Pammer (11 G, 2-66 yards)
Northern Iowa (11-0)
Coach: Mark Farley (Northern Iowa, 1987)
Career: 62-24 (7 years)
School: 62-24 (7 years)
Rushing: Corey Lewis (11 G, 206-1143 yards, 11 TD)
Passing: Eric Sanders (11 G, 184-241-5-2237 yards, 15 TD)
Receiving: Johnny Gray (11 G, 52-736 yards, 5 TD)
Tackles: Clifford Waters (11 G, 38 assisted, 40 solo, 78 total)
Sacks: Mike Huygens (11 G, 4-29 yards)
Interceptions: Brannon Carter (111 G, 5-81 yards)