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SEVEN CAA FOOTBALL SQUADS STILL RANKED; FIVE AMONG TOP EIGHT

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          Release: 10/12/2010
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RICHMOND, Va. (October 12, 2010) -- CAA Football maintained its hold on half of the nation’s Top 10, and five the Top 8, in both rankings this week.  Delaware, CAA Football’s only unbeaten team at 6-0 overall, is ranked No. 2 in both The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 and the FCS Coaches poll.  Below are some notes on CAA Football among both the nation’s Top 25 polls as well as news and notes from around the league.

Delaware used a 26-7 win at home over Maine to hold on to its spot at No. 2 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25.  William and Mary, following a 26-7 win over Rhode Island, moved to 5-1 on the year and stayed at No. 4.  Villanova (No. 6), James Madison (No. 7) and Massachusetts’ (No. 8) rankings all remained the same following the sixth week of the season.  New Hampshire jumped six spots to No. 16, while Richmond fell nine spots to No. 20, following a Wildcat shutout-win over the Spiders this weekend.  Maine garnered a point in the ranking process and remained among the list of teams receiving votes for the second-straight week.

The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Notes...
-- Villanova has been part of the poll’s Top 10 for 30-straight weeks...Only Appalachian State has a longer streak at 69-straight weeks.  The Wildcats and Mountaineers are the only squads with current double-digit Top 10 streaks.

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

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

-- The league has had at least three teams ranked every week since The Sports Network’s poll began and two teams among the poll’s Top 10 in 76-straight weeks.

Similar to TSN’s Top 10, the FCS Coaches Poll Top 10 went unchanged following week six action.  The Blue Hens, Tribe, Dukes, Wildcats and Minutemen all held steady making up five of the Poll’s top eight.  Following a head-to-head match-up, New Hampshire and Richmond each moved eight spots in the poll.  New Hampshire, which won the contest 17-0, improved to No. 15 while Richmond fell to No. 19.

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

-- CAA Football is the only league to ever have seven teams ranked in a single week, and that has now happened in six-straight weeks -- four weeks better than the league’s previous best -- Sept. 7-14, 2009.

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

News and Notes from around the league:
-- New Hampshire’s John Greer, who helped New Hampshire’s defense force seven turnovers in the Wildcats’ 17-0 win over Richmond last weekend, earned national recognition Monday from the College Sporting News.  The senior safety garnered All-Star status from the recognized media outlet after his two-interception effort in the shutout win for the Wildcats.  Greer’s first pick came on Richmond’s first possession of the game and resulted in a 40-yard touchdown return.  The CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week struck again in the game’s third quarter when he jumped in front of an errant Nick Hicks pass and returned it 20 yards helping setup a New Hampshire field goal.

-- The top five scoring defenses in CAA Football are also five of the Top 10 scoring defenses in the country.  Delaware leads the country having only surrendered 39 points in six games (6.5 points/game).  James Madison is second in the country with a mark of just 10.4 points allowed/game.  Both Villanova and New Hampshire’s defenses have limited opponents to 15.8 points/game and are fifth and sixth in the nation, respectively.  William and Mary’s defense is seventh in the country, allowing just 16 points a game.

-- Villanova has been part of The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 10 for 30-straight weeks.  The Wildcats and Appalachian State are the only two teams with Top-10 ranked streaks longer than 10 consecutive weeks.

-- New Hampshire (90 weeks), Richmond (46 weeks), Villanova (35 weeks) and William and Mary (28 weeks) are among the nation’s Top-10 when looking at active consecutive-weeks ranked streaks in The Sports Network/Fathead.com poll.  Montana’s string of 170 weeks ranked is the nation’s longest active streak.

-- After the Oct. 4 update to the 2010 Payton and Buchanan Watch Lists, CAA Football has a national best five players recognized on both lists.

-- Delaware’s Siddiq Haynes was recently named as one of 22 players to the All-State AFCA Good Works Team for his honors and endeavors away from the game of football.

-- Delaware’s Andrew Pierce is averaging a league-best 124.8 yards/game which ranks as the sixth-best average among rushers in the country.

-- Richmond’s Justin Rogers is the league’s all-time career leader in kickoff returns with 100 in four seasons.  The senior needs 107 kickoff return yards to become the league’s all-time career leader in the category.

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

-- William and Mary’s Jonathan Grimes is 638 all-purpose yards away from ranking in CAA Football’s career Top-10 list for the category.

-- Richmond’s Kevin Grayson needs 31 more receptions this year to move into the league’s all-time Top 10 in career receptions.

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Below is a comparison showing both National Polls released Oct. 11.

Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Ranking FCS Coaches Top 25
Appalachian State (106) No. 1 Appalachian State (25)
Delaware (29) No. 2 Delaware
Jacksonville State (10) No. 3 Jacksonville State (1)
William and Mary No. 4 Stephen F. Austin (1)
Stephen F. Austin (1) No. 5 William and Mary
Villanova No. 6 James Madison
James Madison No. 7 Villanova
Massachusetts No. 8 Massachusetts
Montana State No. 9 South Carolina State
South Carolina State No. 10 Montana State
Montana No. 11 Montana
Eastern Washington No. 12 Eastern Washington
Cal Poly No. 13 Cal Poly
Wofford No. 14 North Dakota State
North Dakota State No. 15 New Hampshire
New Hampshire No. 16 Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois No. 17 Wofford
Southeast Missouri State No. 18 Georgia Southern
Liberty No. 19 Richmond
Richmond No. 20 Southeast Missouri State
Georgia Southern No. 21 Liberty
Northern Iowa No. 22 Texas State
Bethune Cookman No. 23 Western Illinois
Elon No. 24 Northern Iowa
Penn No. 25 Penn

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced the first weekly ECAC® Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll presented by FieldTurf Tarkett of the 2010 season.  Delaware (6-0), undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country, grabs the top spot.  Fellow CAA Football members William and Mary, Villanova, Massachusetts, James Madison and New Hampshire fill the next five spots in the poll’s Top 6, respectively.

The ECAC will release the weekly poll in each of the four divisions (Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II and Division III) and the final poll in January will determine the trophy winners. The first place teams in the final poll will be presented with their Lambert Meadowlands Awards during the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet.

Established in 1936 as the Lambert Trophy to recognize supremacy in Eastern college football, the award has since grown to recognize the best team in the East in the Bowl Subdivision. In 1957, the Lambert Cup was created to recognize non-Division I-A teams, and in 1966 a Division III award was added. In 1983, the Lambert family decided the Meadowlands Sports Complex would be the best organization with a sincere and involved interest in college athletics to sponsor and manage the award, and since that time, the awards have been known as the Lambert Meadowlands Awards.

To be eligible for the Lambert Meadowlands Award, a school must be located in the East or play at least half of its schedule against eligible Lambert teams. The territory includes New York, New Jersey, New England and Pennsylvania, while teams in the bordering states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and the District of Columbia qualify if at least half of their schedule features eligible teams. Teams in Eastern-based football conferences, regardless of location, qualify if at least half their schedule is against Lambert eligible teams.

Below is the ECAC Lambert Cup Football Championship Subdivision Poll released Oct. 11.

Rank Team Record Points
No. 1 Delaware 6-0 178
No. 2 William and Mary 5-1 154
No. 3 Villanova 3-2 132
No. 4 Massachusetts 4-1 128
No. 5 James Madison 4-1 124
No. 6 New Hampshire 3-3 76
No. 7 Penn 3-1 62
No. 8 Robert Morris 5-1 52
No. 9 Colgate 3-2 30
No. 10 Richmond 2-3 20
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