CAA FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES LANDMARK TV DEAL
The Inaugural Season of CAA Football will feature the largest television package among the nation’s Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) conferences.

CAA Football Commissioner Tom Yeager announced a 31-game television schedule as part of the league’s Media Day Celebration, July 25 at the ESPNZone in Baltimore, Md. The schedule is highlighted by a conference-only package of 20 games on CN8, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet.

The 20-game conference-only package covered by Comcast features the most competitive games airing on regional networks spanning the East Coast. CN8 will air 12 match-ups throughout its Maine to Virginia footprint. Comcast SportsNet networks including Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, CSS and SportsNet New York will cover an additional 8 games throughout the 12-week season.

The remaining 11 games on the CAA Football Inaugural Season Television package will include one non-conference game on CN8, three broadcasts on the ESPN family of networks, one on the Big Ten Network as well as a Time Warner Cable broadcast in Massachusetts. Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) has plans to broadcast one contest, Delaware will play a non-conference match-up on CSTV and WABI-TV in Maine will provide coverage of three conference games involving the Maine Black Bears.

Television listings are available throughout this release on pages 1, 3-4 and 8-10.


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
Overall Champion

Massachusetts

North Division (First-place votes)
1. Massachusetts (15)
2. New Hampshire (8)
3. Maine
4. Northeastern
5. Hofstra
6. Rhode Island

South Division (First-place votes)
1. James Madison (11)
2. Delaware (10)
3. Towson (1)
4. Richmond
5. Villanova (1)
6. William & Mary


THREE-OR-MORE CAA FOOTBALL TEAMS IN 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 53 of the last 57 weeks dating back to 2003, including a current streak of 27 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 four teams ranked in the Sports Networks’ Top 25 this week. For a complete rundown of all the national polls visit page 16 of the notes.

7 Teams
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

6 Teams
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

5 teams
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

4 Teams
2007 - (Pre) - 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

 

2007 CAA FOOTBALL TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES

#21/19/24 DELAWARE (0-0, 0-0)
This Week: at William & Mary (0-0, 0-0)
Next Week: hosts West Chester (0-0)

-- The Blue Hens have won the last two contests and four of the last five in the all-time series with the Tribe.
-- The two squads locked up in a double-overtime thriller under the Thursday-night lights in 1999, as the Blue Hens won at home, 34-27.
-- Delaware looks to be much improved on defense where injuries ravaged a unit which allowed 25.9 points and 397.7 total yards per game last season. In addition to the return of DE Matt Marcorelle, the Hens also added key transfers in DE Ronald Talley from Notre Dame and LB Johnathon Smith from Connecticut. Both Talley and Smith were part-time starters at their previous schools.
-- Omar Cuff has led the team in rushing each of the last three seasons. Cuff has run 527 times for 2,419 yards and 30 touchdowns in his career.

HOFSTRA (0-0, 0-0)
This Week: Bye Week
Next Week: hosts Furman (0-0)
-- Hofstra is off the first week of 2007 College Football, but hosts Furman, Sept. 8, at Shuart Stadium.
-- Bryan Savage, a junior-transfer from Coffeyville Community College in Southeast Kansas, has been named the starting quarterback for the Pride next Saturday. Savage, while playing for the Red Ravens, was 83-of-178 for 1,166 yards and eight touchdowns.
-- The Pride return two-time All-American placekicker Rob Zarrilli. The Preseason All-Conference selection made 18-of-21 field goals last season and 15-of-17 extra point tries for a total of 69 points. The senior also connected on a career-best 52-yard field goal against Maine, marking the 10th-longest kick in league history.

#7/8/6 JAMES MADISON (0-0, 0-0)
This Week: at North Carolina (0-0)
Next Week: hosts New Hampshire (0-0, 0-0)

-- The Dukes are 3-12 all-time against BCS opponents. James Madison’s last game against the BCS ranks resulted in a 45-10 loss at West Virginia in 2004, the same year JMU finished 13-2 and won the NCAA I-AA National Championship.
-- The Dukes are 14-13 in season-openers since moving to the I-AA classification in 1980.
-- JMU running back Eugene Holloman ranks 22nd on the Dukes’ all-time rushing yards list with 1,085 in just one season.
-- Tony LeZotte, the Preseason CAA Football Defensive Player of the Year, is trying to become the first-ever four-time First Team All-Conference selection in league annals.

MAINE (0-0, 0-0)
This Week: hosts Monmouth (0-0)
Next Week: at Connecticut (0-0)

-- The Black Bears are 61-49-5 all-time in home openers, including an impressive 35 shutouts. Maine won its opener at Alfond Stadium last season over Shaw, 62-12.
-- For the first time since the 2003 season opener, Maine will have a new starting quarterback under center when Michael Brusko takes the first snap against Monmouth. Brusko replaces Ron Whitcomb, who started the previous four seasons at quarterback for Maine.
-- Maine’s “Black Hole” defense ranked fourth in all of Division I College Football last season against the run. The squad has not allowed multiple touchdowns to be scored on it in six of the last seven games.
-- The Black Bears limited conference opponents to under 100 yards rushing in seven of the eight games last season.

#3/3/8 MASSACHUSETTS (0-0, 0-0)
This Week: hosts Holy Cross (0-0)
Next Week: at Colgate (0-0)

-- UMass opens its 125th season of football, and has an all-time record of 524-501-51 in 1,066 games.
-- The Minutemen have posted a 57-56-11 record in season openers in their previous 124 years. Massachusetts has won its last five season openers, and seven of the past eight.
-- Massachusetts has combined to outscore its previous five season-opening opponents 201-23.
-- Tight End Brad Listorti, recognized as a Preseason All-American by several publications, comes into the 2007 season with a 14-game pass reception streak after hauling 38 for 604 yards last season.

#5/6/5 NEW HAMPSHIRE (0-0, 0-0)
This Week: Bye Week
Next Week: at James Madison (0-0, 0-0)

-- New Hampshire is off the first week of 2007 College Football, but travels to James Madison, Sept. 8, for a contest scheduled to air on CN8 at 3:30 p.m.
-- Leading the list of UNH returners is reigning Walter Payton Award Winner quarterback Ricky Santos. The Bellingham, Mass., native already holds the league’s career marks in passing touchdowns (99) and passing yards (10,240). He is just three completions away from holding the CAA Football mark in pass completions. Santos is also trying to become the first-ever two-time Walter Payton Award Winner.
-- The Wildcats will be looking to wideout Keith LeVan to fill the void left by All-American wideout David Ball. Ball set the NCAA career touchdown reception mark last season with 58, eclipsing the previous mark of 50 set by NFL great Jerry Rice while at Mississippi Valley State.

NORTHEASTERN (0-0, 0-0)
This Week: at Northwestern (0-0)
Next Week: hosts Richmond (0-0, 0-0)

-- The Huskies are 31-39-1 all-time in season-opening games, and have won nine of the last 12 openers.
-- Running back Maurice Murray has a chance to break four Northeastern career records this season. The senior currently is only 13 TDs away from the total touchdowns record, seven TDs away from the rushing touchdown record, 1,307 yards from the rushing yards record and 244 attempts away from the rushing attempts mark.
-- Anthony Orio will get the start at quarterback for Northeastern, but don’t be surprised to see John Sperrazza under center in the second quarter. Head Coach Rocky Hager plans to use both throughout the season, but gives Orio the starting nod.

RHODE ISLAND (0-0, 0-0)
This Week: hosts Fordham (0-0)
Next Week: at Army (0-0)

-- Preseason All-Conference fullback Joe Casey looks to shoulder the load for the Rhody offense. The junior is on track to be the leading all-time rusher in Rams history with 2,119 yards in two seasons.
-- Quarterback Derek Cassidy has a host of returners (9) around him on the offensive side of the ball. Cassidy played in 10 games last season and completed 60-of-122 passes for 1,060 yards and six TDs. He also rushed 158 times for 317 yards and 11 TDs.
-- All-Conference defensive back Raji El-Amin will be a mainstay in the Rams’ defensive backfield. El-Amin tied for the league-lead in interceptions with four. He also finished third in the league in kick-return average (23.9) and fourth in punt-return average (10.5).

RICHMOND (0-0, 0-0)
This Week: at Vanderbilt (0-0)
Next Week: at Northeastern (0-0, 0-0)

-- The Spiders will play against an BCS opponent for the fourth consecutive season and seventh time in the past eight seasons.
-- Richmond blanked its most recent BCS opponent (13-0, at Duke in 2006). The shutout marked the first victory over a BCS squad since 2000. It also marked the team’s first triumph over an ACC foe since 1978.
-- Nearly 85 percent of the teams’ offense returns from last season, including kicker Andrew Howard (64 points), running back Tim Hightower (42), wideout Arman Shields (30) and running back Josh Vaughan (30).
-- The Spiders are a perfect 17-for-17 in producing points on drives of 80+ yards dating back tot he 2005 season.

TOWSON (0-0, 0-0)
This Week: hosts C. Connecticut State (0-0)
Next Week: at Morgan State (0-0)

-- The Tigers are 9-0 in home openers under head coach Gordy Combs, and have won their last three season-opening games (Elon -2004, Morgan State - 2005, 2006).
-- Quarterback Sean Schaefer led the league in 2006 by averaging more than 300 passing yards per game. He also ranked 12th among quarterbacks in the FCS level.
-- The Tigers return their top three rushers from last season, Rasheed McClaude (81-344 yds, 2 TD), Nick Williams (95-327 yds, 2 TD) and Matt Castor (42-161 yds, 2 TD).
-- Preseason All-Conference linebacker Brian Bradford returns after ranking among the league’s Top-15 in tackles.

VILLANOVA (0-0, 0-0)
This Week: at Maryland (0-0)
Next Week: at Lehigh (0-0)

-- Villanova tries to replace a mainstay at quarterback in Marvin Burroughs (graduation) from last season. Antwon Young will get the nod, and is described as a gun-slinger by head coach Andy Talley. Young was redshirted last season, but played in five games as a true freshman completing 7-of-12 passes for 76 yards.
-- Defensive lineman David Dalessandro anchors a defensive line with a bit of depth. The junior tallied 46 tackles last season and registered a team-high 3.5 sacks.
-- Tight end Matt Sherry and running back Matt Dicken return in the skill positions for the Wildcats. Sherry hauled in 19 catches last season for 249 yards and a TD. Dicken led the team with 11 touchdowns after carrying the ball 104 times for 432 yards.

WILLIAM & MARY (0-0, 0-0)
This Week: hosts #21/19/24 Delaware (0-0, 0-0)
Next Week: at VMI (0-0)

-- The Tribe has won five of the last seven in the all-time series with Delaware when playing at Zable Stadium.
-- The College’s battle with the Blue Hens in the 2004 I-AA Playoffs was arguably one of the greatest victories in Tribe history. Trailing 31-10 in the fourth quarter, Stephen Cason returned an interception for a touchdown and ignited a 21-point comeback for a 44-38 win.
-- Jake Phillips earned the nod as the Tribe’s starting quarterback this season, emerging from a three-player battle which began during the spring and ran through much of fall camp.
-- Phillips has made one career start against Delaware, falling 22-21 at home to the Blue Hens in 2005. Phillips was 24-of-34 for 289 yards and one TD, while rushing for two touchdowns.

 

2007 CAA FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES -- WEEK ONE

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE AT TOWSON
Thursday, Aug. 30 - 7:00 pm
Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium (11, 198), Towson, Md.
Series: Towson leads 5-2
Last Meeting: Oct. 5, 1996, Towson 49-28 in Towson, Md.

Central Connecticut State (0-0)
Coach: Jeff McInerney (Slippery Rock, 1982)
Career: 8-3 (1 year)
School: 8-3 (1 year)
Offense -2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Ryan Holmes (11 G, 85-381 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Ryan Holmes (11 G, 59-105-3-960 yards, 5 TD)
Receiving: Nick Colagiovanni (11 G, 16-231 yards, 1 TD)
Defense -2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Chris Stimmel (11 G, 42 assisted, 42 solo, 84 total)
Sacks: Ernie Greywacz (11 G, 5-27 yards)
Interceptions: Marcus Dorsey (10 G, 2-30 yards)
Towson (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Gordy Combs (Towson, 1972)
Career: 86-73 (15 years)
School: 86-73 (15 years)
Offense -2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Rasheed McClaude (11 G, 81-344 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Sean Schaefer (10 G, 260-380-9-3033 yards, 19 TD)
Receiving: Marcus Lee (11 G, 50-546 yards, 1 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Jordan Manning (11 G, 37 assisted, 56 solo, 93 total)
Sacks: John Webb (11 G, 4-12 yards)
Interceptions: Drew Mack (11 G, 4-87 yards)

#21/19/24 DELAWARE AT WILLIAM & MARY
Thursday, Aug. 30 - 7:30 pm
Walter J. Zable Stadium at Cary Field (12,259), Williamsburg, Va.
Television: CN8/WCOX (Va.) - Scott Graham (pbp), Jon Ritchie (analyst), Gregg Murphy (sideline), John Anderson (Director), Bob Anderson (Producer)
Series: Delaware leads 19-12
Last Meeting: Oct. 5, 1996, Towson 49-28 in Towson, Md.

Delaware (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: K.C. Keeler (Delaware, 1981)
Career: 129-43-1 (13 years)
School: 41-22 (5 years)
Offense - 2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Omar Cuff (7 G, 124-541 yards, 8 TD)
Passing: Joe Flacco (11 G, 264-417-10-2783 yards, 18 TD)
Receiving: Aaron Love (10 G, 58-740 yards, 4 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Erik Johnson (11 G, 47 assisted, 31 solo, 78 total)
Sacks: Erik Johnson (11 G, 3-23 yards)
Interceptions: Fred Andrew (11 G, 2-23 yards)
William & Mary (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Jimmye Laycock (William & Mary, 1970)
Career: 178-127-2 (27 years)
School: 178-127-2 (27 years)
Offense - 2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: DeBrian Holmes (11 G, 44-225 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Mike Potts (9 G, 124-216-7-1559 yards, 10 TD)
Receiving: Joe Nicholas (11 G, 41-597 yards, 8 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Adrian Tracy (11 G, 28 assisted, 42 solo, 70 total)
Sacks: Adrian Tracy (11 G, 6-41 yards)
Interceptions: Derek Cox (11 G, 1-25 yards)

NORTHEASTERN AT NORTHWESTERN
Saturday, Sept. 1 - 12:00 pm
Ryan Field (47,130), Evanston, Ill.
Television: Big Ten Network - Scott Graham (pbp),Derrick Walker (analyst),
Tom Blair (Director), Steve Johnson (Producer)
Series: First Meeting

Northeastern (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Rocky Hager (Minot State, 1974)
Career: 103-46-1 (13 years)
School: 12-21 (3 years)
Offense - 2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Maurice Murray (11 G 216-1061 yards, 11 TD)
Passing: Anthony Orio (8 G, 75-123-4-726 yards, 3 TD)
Receiving: Alex Broomfield (11 G, 27-183 yards)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Joe Mele (11 G, 39 assisted, 22 solo, 61 total)
Sacks: Jason Vega (11 G, 4-17 yards)
Interceptions: Cord Parks ( 11 G, 2-28 yards)
Northwestern (0-0)
Coach: Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern, 1996)
Career: 4-8 (1 year)
School: 4-8 (1 year)
Offense - 2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Tyrell Sutton (12 G, 189-1000 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: C.J. Bacher (6 G, 95-161-8-1172 yards, 6 TD)
Receiving: Tyrell Sutton (12 G, 40-261 yards, 2 TD
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Adam Kadela (12 G, 35 assisted, 45 solo, 80 total)
Sacks: Corey Wootton (12 G, 4.5-13 yards)
Interceptions: Brendan Smith (12 G, 3-82 yards)

HOLY CROSS AT #3/3/8 MASSACHUSETTS
Saturday, Sept. 1 - 1:00 pm
Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000), Amherst, Mass.
Series: Holy Cross leads 21-20-5
Last Meeting: Sept. 14, 1996, Massachusetts 28-10 in Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross (0-0)
Coach: Tom Gilmore (Penn, 1986)
Career: 16-17 (4 years)
School: 16-17 (4 years)
Offense - 2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Mike Kielt (9 G, 108-524 yards, 6 TD)
Passing: Domenic Randolph ( 9 G, 184-299-6-2237 yards, 19 TD)
Receiving: Ryan Maher (11 G, 69-797 yards, 6 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Casey Gough (11 G, 6 assisted, 48 solo, 54 total)
Sacks: Adam Sadowski (11 G, 1-14 yards)
Interceptions: Casey Gough (11 G, 3-0 yards)
Massachusetts (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Don Brown (Norwich, 1977)
Career: 78-37 (10 years)
School: 26-11 (3 years)
Offense - 2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Tony Nelson (9 G, 47-235 yards, 3 TD)
Passing: Liam Coen (15 G, 217-334-10-3016 yards, 26 TD)
Receiving: J.J. Moore (15 G, 46-594 yards, 4 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Jason Hatchell (15 G, 75 assisted, 59 solo, 134 total)
Sacks: David Burris (15 G, 8.5-54 yards)
Interceptions: Brian Ellis (8 G, 1-3 yards)

FORDHAM AT RHODE ISLAND
Saturday, Sept. 1 - 1:00 pm
Meade Stadium (6,580), Kingston, R.I.
Series: Tied 3-3
Last Meeting: Sept. 3, 2005, Rhode Island 34-20 in Kingston, R.I.

Fordham (0-0)
Coach: Tom Masella (Wagner, 1981)
Career: 8-3 (1 year)
School: 8-3 (1 year)
Offense -2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Jonte Coven (10 G, 60-272 yards)
Passing: John Skelton (9 G, 74-167-8-960 yards, 6 TD)
Receiving: Sylvester Clarke (11 G, 26-408 yards, 4 TD)
Defense -2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Earl Hudnell (11 G, 22 assisted, 37 solo, 59 total)
Sacks: Earl Hudnell (11 G, 2-8 yards)
Interceptions: Isiejah Allen (11 G, 2-39 yards)
Rhode Island (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Tim Stowers (Auburn, 1980)
Career: 81-72 (13 years)
School: 30-49 (7 years)
Offense -2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Joe Casey (11 G, 191-874 yards, 6 TD)
Passing: Derek Cassidy (10 G, 60-122-8-1060 yards, 6 TD)
Receiving: Shawn Leonard (10 G, 18-408 yards, 3 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: L.T. Brantley (11 G, 37 assisted, 45 solo, 82 total)
Sacks: Dana Hart (7 G, 3-4 yards)
Interceptions: Raji El-Amin (11 G, 4-33 yards)

#7/8/6 JAMES MADISON AT NORTH CAROLINA
Saturday, Sept. 1 -6:00 pm
Kenan Stadium (60,000), Chapel Hill, N.C.
Television: ESPN 360 - Sam Smith (pbp), Sonny Randle (analyst)
Series: First Meeting

James Madison (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, 1976)
Career: 56-40 (8 years)
School: 56-40 (8 years)
Offense - 2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Eugene Holloman (10 G, 192-1085 yards, 8 TD)
Passing: Rodney Landers (8 G, 4-6-0-29 yards)
Receiving: L.C. Baker (12 G, 46-631 yards, 8 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Tony LeZotte (12 G, 47 assisted, 35 solo, 82 total)
Sacks: John Baranowsky (12 G, 5.5-31 yards)
Interceptions: Tony LeZotte (12 G, 2-4 yards)
North Carolina (0-0)
Coach: Butch Davis (Arkansas, 1974)
Career: 51-20 (6 years)
School: First Year
Offense - 2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Justin Warren (12 G, 7-77 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Joe Dailey (10 G, 112-195-10-1316 yards, 7 TD)
Receiving: Hakeem Nicks (11 G, 39-660 yards, 4 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Durell Mapp (12 G, 33 assisted, 54 solo, 87 total)
Sacks: Hilee Taylor (12 G, 3-15 yards)
Interceptions: Chase Rice (12 G) & Quinton Person (12 G, 1-0 yards each)

MONMOUTH AT MAINE
Saturday, Sept. 1 - 6:00 pm
Morse Field at Harold Alfond Stadium (10,000)
Series: First Meeting

Monmouth (0-0)
Coach: Kevin Callahan (Rochester, 1977)
Career: 85-56 (14 years)
School: 85-56 (14 years)
Offense - 2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: David Sinisi (12 G, 171-754 yards, 13 TD)
Passing: Brett Burke (11 G, 6-10-0-56 yards)
Receiving: Adam San-Miguel (12 G, 73-872 yards, 6 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Ayo Falae (12 G, 11 assisted, 37 solo, 48 total)
Sacks: Kevin Walsh (10 G, 2.5-28 yards)
Interceptions: Derek Bischoff (11 G, 1-27 yards)
Maine (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Jack Cosgrove (Maine, 1978)
Career: 76-83 (14 years)
School: 76-83 (14 years)
Offense - 2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Jhamal Fluellen (9 G, 28-250 yards, 2 TD)
Passing: Michael Brusko (10 G, 4-6-0-23 yards)
Receiving: Manzi Pierre (11 G, 22-251 yards, 2 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Andrew Downey (11 G, 37 assisted, 35 solo, 72 total)
Sacks: Patrick McCrossan (11 G, 4.5-24 yards)
Interceptions: Jonathan Calderon (11 G, 2-38 yards)

VILLANOVA AT MARYLAND
Saturday, Sept. 1 - 6:00 pm
Byrd Stadium (51,500), College Park, Md.
Television: ESPN 360 - Frank Giardinia (pbp), Doug Chapman (analyst)
Series: Maryland leads 8-2
Last Meeting: Sept. 6, 1980, Maryland 7-3 in College Park, Md.

Villanova (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Andy Talley (S. Connectictut, 1967)
Career: 176-112-2 (27 years)
School: 148-94-1 (22 years)
Offense - 2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Matt Dicken (11 G, 104-432 yards, 11 TD)
Passing: Phil Atkinson (11 G, 1-1-0-17 yards)
Receiving: Phil Atkinson (11 G, 29-361 yards, 1 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Zach Mariacher (11 G, 28 assisted, 35 solo, 63 total)
Sacks: Greg Miller (11 G, 3.5-23 yards)
Interceptions: N/A
Maryland (0-0)
Coach: Ralph Friedgen (Maryland, 1970)
Career: 50-24 (6 years)
School: 50-24 (6 years)
Offense - 2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Lance Ball (13 G, 174-815 yards, 8 TD)
Passing: Jordan Steffy (1 G, 0-5-1-0 yards)
Receiving: Darrius Heyward-Bey (13 G, 45-694 yards, 5 TD)
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Erin Henderson (13 G, 60 assisted, 54 solo, 114 total)
Sacks: Jeremy Navarre (13 G, 9.5-33 yards)
Interceptions: Erin Henderson (13 G, 2-49 yards)

RICHMOND AT VANDERBILT
Saturday, Sept. 1 - 7:00 pm
Vanderbilt Stadium (39,773), Nashville, Tenn.
Series: Vanderbilt leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Sept. 24, 2005, Vanderbilt 37-13 in Nashville, Tenn.

Richmond (0-0, 0-0 CAA)
Coach: Dave Clawson (Williams College, 1989)
Career: 47-46 (8 years)
School: 18-17 (3 years)
Offense -2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Tim Hightower (11 G, 177-850 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Eric Ward (10 G, 132-221-6-1424 yards, 11 TD)
Receiving: Arman Shields (10 G, 54-643 yards, 5 TD)
Defense -2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Andrew Harris (11 G, 33 assisted, 29 solo, 62 total)
Sacks: Sherman Logan (11 G, 3-17 yards)
Interceptions: Andrew Harris (11 G, 4-18 yards)
Vanderbilt (0-0)
Coach: Bobby Johnson (Clemson, 1973)
Career: 75-79 (9 years)
School: 15-43 (5 years)
Offense -2006 Leaders who return
Rushing: Chris Nickson (12 G, 146-694 yards, 9 TD)
Passing: Chris Nickson (12 G, 160-292-13-2085 yards, 15 TD)
Receiving: Earl Bennett (12 G, 82-1146 yards, 6 TD
Defense - 2006 Leaders who return
Tackles: Jonathan Goff (12 G, 26 assisted, 67 solo, 93 total)
Sacks: Theo Horrocks (12 G, 5-34 yards)
Interceptions: Darlron Spead (12 G, 3-27 yards)