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CAA FOOTBALL EARNS 16 POSTSEASON HONORS FROM COLLEGE SPORTING NEWS

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          Release: 01/21/2011
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (January 21, 2011) -- The 2010 postseason honors wrapped up this week when The College Sporting News announced its postseason awards and Sweet 63 All-America list.  CAA Football, which has now been part of five-straight National Championship games and seven of the last eight, logged a total of 16 awards including Villanova’s Ben Ijalana earning both the Offensive Player of the Year and Lineman of the Year honor.  Delaware’s freshman running back Andrew Pierce also picked up a share of the Freshman of the Year award.

Combining all five recognized FCS All-America entities, CAA Football can boast two consensus First Team All-Americans in Villanova’s Ijalana and Richmond’s Martin Parker.  Both earned First Team accolades from The Sports Network, American Football Coaches Association, The Walter Camp Foundation, The Associated Press and most recently The College Sporting News.

Ijalana finished his career as a three-time First Team All-CAA Football honoree, and logged a 10th-place finish in the Outland Trophy Award voting at the end of the 2010 season -- given to the nation’s top major college football interior lineman.  The Hainesport, N.J., native led a Wildcat offensive front which averaged 194.9 rushing yards/game and just over 30 points/game.

Pierce earned Delaware’s starting running back job in preseason drills and went on to enjoy the finest season ever for a Blue Hen runner as he rushed 329 times for 1,655 yards and 14 touchdowns while also catching 32 passes for 199 yards and three scores. He set Delaware freshman records for carries in a season, yards rushing in a game (200 vs. Duquesne) and a season, rushing touchdowns in a season and total touchdowns (16) in a season. He surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark seven times and averaged 126.5 yards per game in four NCAA playoff appearances. His 1,655 yards rushing was the second highest single season mark in UD history.

Parker finished his Spider career with a league-best 96 tackles from his defensive tackle position and ranked second in CAA Football with 5.5 sacks in 11 games.  He posted five double-digit tackle games, including 13 against Delaware and 12 in a win over Towson. The New Haven, Conn. native, who was a Second Team All-CAA Football pick in 2009, also blocked a PAT attempt in the game against the Blue Hens.

CAA Football logged an impressive mark of 48 postseason honors this season when combining all five All-America lists -- First through Third Teams.

2010 College Sporting News Sweet 63 All-America Team

Individual Winners
Honor Name School Class
Offensive POY Ben Ijalana Villanova Senior
Defensive POY J.C. Sherritt Eastern Washington Senior
Lineman OY Ben Ijalana Villanova Senior
Coach OY Beau Baldwin Eastern Washington  
Playoff MVP Brandon Kaufman Eastern Washington Sophomore
Special Teams POY Jeremy Caldwell Eastern Kentucky Junior
Freshmen OY Denarius McGhee Montana State Freshman
Freshmen OY Andrew Pierce Delaware Freshman
       
Offense
Position Name Class School
WR Brandon Kaufman Sophomore Eastern Washington
WR Tysson Poots Senior Southern Utah
WR Brian Quick Junior Appalachian State
WR Lito Senatus Senior Western Illinois
WR Chris Summers Junior Liberty
WR Raymond Webber Senior Arkansas-Pine Bluff
TE Andrew Kennedy Senior Columbia
TE Shadrae King Junior Robert Morris
OT David Arkin Senior Missouri State
OT Ben Ijalana Senior Villanova
OT Daniel Kilgore Senior Appalachian State
OT Mike Person Senior Montana State
OT Will Rackley Senior Lehigh
OG Brant Clouser Senior Villanova 
OG Pat Illig Senior Wofford
OG J.C. Oram Junior Weber State
OC Sean Middleton Senior Southeast Missouri State
OC Ryan McKnight Senior South Dakota State
QB Pat Devlin Senior Delaware
QB Matthew Johnson Senior Bethune-Cookman
QB Denarius McGhee Freshman Montana State
QB Jeremy Moses Senior Stephen F. Austin
QB DeAndre Presley Junior Appalachian State
RB Nate Eachus Junior Colgate
RB Henry Harris Senior Southeast Missouri State
RB Taiwan Jones Junior Eastern Washington
RB Andrew Pierce Freshman Delaware
RB Frank Warren Senior Grambling
FB Eric Breitenstein Sophomore Wofford
AP Mike Brown Junior Liberty
AP Terrence Holt Senior Austin Peay
AP Matt Szczur Senior Villanova
       
Defense      
Position Name Class School
DE Kenneth Charles Senior Stephen F. Austin
DE Mario Kurn Junior San Diego
DE Brian McNally Junior New Hampshire
DE Ameet Pall Junior Wofford
DT Kenrick Ellis Senior Hampton
DT Martin Parker Senior Richmond
DT Brent Russell Sophomore Georgia Southern
DT Renard Williams Junior Eastern Washington
LB David Erby Senior South Carolina State
LB Matt Evans Sophomore New Hampshire
LB DeJuan Fulgham Senior Texas Southern
LB Kyle Glazier Senior Western Illinois
LB Tyler Holmes Junior Massachusetts
LB Marquis Kirkland Senior Villanova
LB Eric McBride Senior Richmond
LB J.C. Sherritt Senior Eastern Washington
LB D.J. Smith Senior Appalachian State
CB Moses Ellis Senior Prairie View
CB Trumaine Johnson Junior Montana
CB Korey Lindsey Senior Southern Illinois
CB Anthony Walters Senior Delaware
S Anthony Bratton Senior Delaware
S Eugene Clifford Senior Tennessee State
S Matt Johnson Junior Eastern Washington
S Mark LeGree Senior Appalachian State
DB/RET Jeremy Caldwell Junior Eastern Kentucky
       
Specialists
Position Name Class School
PK Matt Bevins Junior Liberty
P Charlie Edwards Junior Georgia Southern
LS Daniel Bonifas Senior Coastal Carolina
KO RET Gralyn Crawford Sophomore Stephen F. Austin
PR Dontrel Johnson Junior Murray State


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