CAA FOOTBALL WEEKLY RELEASE -- NOV. 14-20
2010 CAA Football Tie-Breakers
CAA Football utilizes tie-breaking procedures to determine its automatic qualifier for NCAA Championship participation. Conference Championships can and will be awarded to multiple teams in the event of identical conference winning percentage.
Delaware clinched at least a share of the 2010 CAA Football Championship after games played, Nov. 13.
2010 CAA Football Automatic Bid/League Title Scenarios
-- A Delaware win will give it the outright title and the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
-- A Delaware loss and a William and Mary win will give both teams a share of the league title, while William and Mary will earn CAA Football’s automatic bid by way of the league’s head-to-head tiebreaker...William and Mary defeated Delaware, 17-16, Oct. 23.
-- A Delaware loss and a William and Mary loss will give Delaware the outright title and the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
The Stingier The Better
The top five scoring defenses in CAA Football are also five of the top eight scoring defenses in the country.
Delaware leads the nation having only surrendered 100 points in 10 games (10.0 points/game). James Madison is ranked fourth in the country with a mark of just 15.2 points allowed/game. New Hampshire and Villanova’s defenses have limited opponents to 15.9 points/game and are both sixth in the nation, while William and Mary’s mark of 16.6 points allowed per game ranks eighth in the country.
CAA Football’s league average of 19.9 points allowed/game is tops among league scoring defense average (FCS). The next closest at the FCS level is the Ivy League which has an overall conference mark of 22.6 points allowed/game.
Glancing at the league’s defensive trends (page 20 of the weekly release) going back to 2004, the conference’s current average in scoring defense of 19.9 points allowed/game is the lowest it has ever been.
The current average of yards allowed (324.1) is also 1/10th of a yard off the league’s all-time best -- 324 yards/game from last season.
2010 CAA Football -- Did You Know...
-- Delaware is the third CAA Football to occupy the No. 1 spot in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 this season. William and Mary was the most recent team at No. 1, while Villanova held the spot for a total of four weeks this season.
-- The league had its nine-week streak of seven ranked squads end Nov. 8. James Madison fell out of the Top 25, giving CAA Football just six ranked teams each of the last two weeks. No league other than CAA Football has had more than six teams ranked in either poll on a single week dating back to 2007.
-- Villanova’s streak among the national Top 10 ended at 34-straight weeks. The Wildcats, which fell to New Hampshire at home Saturday, dropped to No. 15 in this week’s poll. Only Appalachian State’s current 74-week string in the Top 10 was longer than Villanova’s most recent stay.
-- 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.
-- New Hampshire’s Matt Evans leads the league and ranks second in the country with an average of 12.8 tackles per game.
-- New Hampshire’s Dino Vasso has five interceptions this season in 10 games. One more pick for Vasso will place him in a tie for eighth on CAA Football’s career interception list with 18.
-- New Hampshire’s R.J. Toman needs 354 yards of total offense to place his name among the league’s career Top 10 list in the category.
-- Richmond’s Justin Rogers logged three kickoff returns for 56 yards in the Spiders’ overtime win against James Madison helping him takeover the league’s all-time career record for kickoff return yards (2,486).
-- William and Mary’s Jonathan Grimes is 108 all-purpose yards away from ranking in CAA Football’s career Top-10 list for the category.
-- Delaware is the fourth CAA Football squad to earn votes in the Associated Press (AP) poll (Nov. 7-14) in the last two seasons. The Blue Hens also join JMU (Sept. 12-19) from this season in being only the second CAA Football team to earn votes in consecutive weeks. Both Richmond and Villanova earned votes in single weeks last season.
-- CAA Football finished a combined 17-3 against non-conference FCS opponents during the regular season. The league was also 19-11 in all non-conference action this year.
-- CAA Football has topped three ACC non-conference opponents in the last two seasons including James Madison’s, 21-16, win over nationally-ranked Virginia Tech, Sept. 11.
-- CAA Football is represented by 41 alums on 2010 NFL rosters as of Nov. 14.
-- Northeastern (1993-2009) and Hofstra (2001-09), previously part of CAA Football lineage, ended football programs following the 2009 season.
-- CAA Football, now a 10-team one-division league, will welcome Old Dominion to its membership in the 2011 season and Georgia State in the 2012 season.
CAA Football In The Polls
For a complete rundown of both the Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 and the FCS Coaches Poll visit page 17 of the weekly release. Below are highlights and notes about CAA Football in this week’s rankings.
The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25
-- Delaware is the third CAA Football squad to hold the No. 1 spot in the The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 this season. Villanova and William and Mary both occupied the top spot in the poll earlier this season.
-- CAA Football only has two teams in the Top 10 this week, but made up five of the Top 10 from Sept. 20-Oct. 11 (four weeks).
-- The league had its record nine-week streak of seven teams ranked in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 end last week. Only six of the league’s 10 teams were part of the Top 25 each of the last two 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 81-straight weeks.
FCS Coaches Top 25
-- Delaware is No. 1 in the FCS Coaches poll for the second-straight week, and now two CAA Football teams have been No. 1 in the Coaches poll this season.
-- For the first time this season only two CAA Football squads are among the Top 10. The league had as many as six among the Top 10 earlier this season (Sept. 20).
-- Six league squads are ranked this week -- now a two-week streak. CAA Football’s nine-straight weeks with seven ranked teams ended last week (Sept. 6-Nov. 1). CAA Football is the only league to ever have seven teams ranked in a single week of the Coaches poll.
-- CAA Football has had at least four squads ranked every week in the FCS Coaches poll since it debuted in 2007.
Delaware’s Devlin Part Of Unitas Golden Arm Award Final List Of 10
The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list was recently trimmed to 10 and Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin’s name remained on the list.
The honor is bestowed annually to the top senior quarterback in the nation by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Foundation and acknowledges performance on the field, character, citizenship, and integrity. The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc., has awarded more than $525,000 in scholarships to deserving scholar-athletes from local area high schools both in Maryland and Kentucky. The honor has been handed out to more current NFL players than the Heisman.
Devlin, a native of Downingtown, Pa., is the only NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision player on the final list of 10.
Devlin, a Blue Hen captain, has started nine of Delaware’s 10 games this season and has a passing efficiency mark of 152.5 (149-221-2-1853) which is tops among the league leaders. The senior has completed 149-of-221 attempts for 1,853 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.
Unitas Golden Arm Award List of 10
-- Andy Dalton, TCU
-- Pat Devlin, Delaware
-- Nathan Enderle, Idaho
-- Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
-- Jake Locker, Washington
-- Greg McElroy, Alabama
-- Christian Ponder, Florida State
-- Ricky Stanzi, Iowa
-- Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
-- Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
Eight CAA Football Players Earn ESPN Academic All-District Honors
A total of eight CAA Football student-athletes were awarded honors as ESPN Academic All-District winners. Each individual now moves on to the national award selection with an opportunity to be named an ESPN Academic All-American.
Below is the list of individuals honored in their respective districts.
ESPN Academic All-District First Team Honorees
-- Angelo Babbaro, RB, Sr., Villanova
-- Pat Devlin, QB, Sr., Delaware
-- Yaky Ibia, DL, Sr., Towson
-- Chris Jeannot, TE, Jr., New Hampshire
-- Mark Mackey, WR, Sr., Delaware
-- Anthony Nelson, WR, Sr., Massachusetts
-- Matt Rae, DL, Jr., Rhode Island
-- Zack Reed, TE, Sr., Delaware
Delaware and William and Mary’s spots in the Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 10 extend streaks among the nation’s top ranked. The Blue Hens and Tribe have each been in the Top 10 nine-straight weeks.
Team Consecutive Weeks In SN/F Top 10
No. 2 Appalachian State - 74
No. 5 Stephen F. Austin - 13
No. 4 Jacksonville State - 11
No. 1 Delaware - 9
No. 6 William and Mary - 9
No. 3 Eastern Washington - 5
No. 9 Wofford - 5
No. 10 Southeast Missouri State - 3
No. 7 Bethune-Cookman - 2
No. 8 Montana State - 1
Villanova’s Ijalana Named To The Outland Trophy Watch List
Villanova senior offensive tackle Ben Ijalana was one of 63 players named to the 2010 Outland Trophy Watch List released in June. The Outland Trophy, which has been presented annually since 1946, is given to the nation’s top interior lineman.
Ijalana is the only member of the list of 63 who plays for an FCS program. The 2010 Outland Trophy winner will be announced on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 9.
Ijalana, a preseason All-CAA Football and All-America selection, is an anchor for the Villanova offensive front which ranks second in the league in both scoring (27.6 points/game) and rushing (193.3 yards/game), and is also third in the league in total offense (373.7 yards/game). A two-time First Team All-CAA Football selection, Ijalana has started all 49 games of his Villanova career. The 6-4, 320 pound Ijalana is a native of Hainesport, N.J., and a graduate of Rancocas Valley High School.
CAA Football Players of the Week - November 15
CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week - Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware
Devlin earned CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after leading Delaware to a win at Massachusetts, which also helped the Blue Hens clinch at least a share of the CAA Football title. The senior was 16-of-22 passing for a total of 240 yards and four touchdowns. Devlin, also one of 10 remaining finalists for the Unitas Golden Arm Award, rushed eight times in the win for a career-best 55 yards. The Delaware quarterback, who now leads the league in passing efficiency at 152.5, completed his four touchdown passes to four different receivers.
CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week - Eric McBride, LB, Richmond
McBride garnered his second CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honor this season after leading the Spiders to a second-half shutout of Rhode Island on Senior Day at Robins Stadium. The senior made the most of his final regular season home game and 53rd-consecutive start by logging 13 tackles, a forced-fumble and recovery and a 20-yard interception return against the Rams. McBride and the Richmond defense forced seven turnovers on the day, and has now given up just 32 second-half points over the its last seven games. The linebacker’s 13 tackle effort moved him into second place on Richmond’s all-time tackle list with 441 in his four-year career.
CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week - Josh Roach, LB, James Madison
Roach helped spark a James Madison upset of No. 1 William and Mary, 30-24, Saturday in Harrisonburg. The junior linebacker broke through on a Tribe punt attempt from the William and Mary 28-yardline and got a hand on the kick. The Dukes’ D.J. Bryant picked up the loose ball and returned two yards for a touchdown. Roach, who played in a reserve role on defense for JMU Saturday, also contributed two assisted tackles in the victory.
CAA Football Rookie of the Week - Dae’Quan Scott, QB, James Madison
Scott picked up Rookie of the Week honors after leading James Madison to an upset win of William and Mary Saturday in Harrisonburg. The redshirt-freshman replaced senior Drew Dudzik at quarterback and garnered 125 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. Scott and the Dukes did not attempt or complete a pass during his time at quarterback Saturday against the Tribe, racking all of their 266 yards of offense up on the ground. Prior to Scott’s move to quarterback Saturday, the Staunton, Va., native had played receiver in nine contests having made 16 catches for 206 yards and one touchdown.
Rogers’ Returns Set The League Mark
Richmond returnman Justin Rogers garnered one league career record in the opening weekend of this season and broke one more in the Spiders’ win over James Madison in Week 10.
The senior, who was the nation’s third-best kick returner as a redshirt-freshman in 2007 by averaging better than 30 yards/return, is the CAA Football career kickoff return (109) and return yards (2,486) record holder.
The Louisiana native took the league’s top spot from NFL legend Brian Westbrook. The former Villanova Wildcat logged 2,433 kickoff return yards from 1997-2001.
Bring On The BCS/FBS
CAA Football is not afraid of hanging with the BCS/FBS big boys. Over the past five seasons the league has posted 10 wins against BCS/FBS foes, including the league’s most recent and high-profile victory...James Madison over Virginia Tech, 21-16, Sept. 11.
Combining the 2009 season (four wins over BCS/FBS opponents) with JMU’s win shows five victories over the upper level of Division I Football in two seasons.
The league has an all-time mark of 28-120 (.189) against BCS/FBS opponents dating back to the 1978 I-A/I-AA split by the NCAA.
CAA Football has won 19 games versus BCS/FBS opponents since 2000. The league has garnered at least one win over BCS/FBS foes in eight of the last nine years, and multiple wins over BCS/FBS teams in six of the last nine years.
For a complete list of CAA Football’s wins over BCS/FBS opponents check out page 21 of the weekly release.
CAA Football Has Six Among Buck Buchanan Award Nominees
The Buchanan Award is in its 16th season and will be presented to the FCS National Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday, Jan. 6, in Frisco, Texas - the night before the national championship game. CAA Football will be looking for a repeat in 2010, as James Madison defensive end Arthur Moats won the honor last season. Moats became the second Duke and CAA Football student-athlete to log the honor.
Richmond boasted three on this year’s Watch List -- seniors Eric McBride, Martin Parker and Justin Rogers. Parker finished 13th in the 2009 Buchanan voting while both McBride and Rogers earned several preseason honors. Senior Terence Thomas, who made eight tackles and a sack in Villanova’s National Champion win last season, was a newcomer to the preseason list in July. Massachusetts’ linebacker Tyler Holmes, who is averaging more than 10 tackles a game, was a midseason addition to the list when it was updated Oct. 4. New Hampshire’s Matt Evans is the league’s latest addition, after moving his way into the nation’s Top 3 in tackles per game (12.8).
Buck Buchanan Award Watch List Honorees
-- Matt Evans, LB, New Hampshire
-- Tyler Holmes, LB, Massachusetts
-- Eric McBride, LB, Richmond
-- Martin Parker, DL, Richmond
-- Justin Rogers, DB, Richmond
-- Terence Thomas, LB, Villanova
CAA Football Has Five Among Walter Payton Award Nominees
The Walter Payton Award is given to the top individual player in the Football Championship Subdivision and CAA Football has had five student-athletes appear on the honor’s 20-player Watch List.
The Payton Award is in its 24th season and will be presented to the FCS National Player of the Year on Thursday, Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas - the night before the national championship game.
Reigning National Champion Villanova boasted as many as three on the Watch List earlier this season -- seniors Ben Ijalana, Matt Szczur and Chris Whitney. Delaware senior Pat Devlin, who was 17th in the 2009 award voting, is also part of the 2010 Watch List while William and Mary’s junior Jonathan Grimes was a newcomer to the list earlier this season.
Walter Payton Award Watch List Honorees
-- Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware
-- Jonathan Grimes, RB, William and Mary
-- Ben Ijalana, OL, Villanova
-- Matt Szczur, WR, Villanova
-- Chris Whitney, QB, Villanova
NCAA Championship Notebook
-- CAA Football has had multiple NCAA Postseason berths in each of the last 19 seasons.
-- 13 CAA Football programs (including the Yankee Conference and Atlantic 10) have earned 71 postseason berths all-time dating back to 1978.
-- CAA Football has been represented in the NCAA Division I National Championship game in six of the last seven seasons.
-- In 2007 CAA Football became the first league to ever garner five postseason berths in the NCAA Division I Football Championship field of 16. The league went on to garner five more berths in the 2008 bracket.
-- A CAA Football program has won four of the last seven National Championships, while the other three have gone to one school -- Appalachian State (Southern).
-- Over the last two seasons CAA Football teams are 13-4 in NCAA Division I Championship games when not facing league opponents -- Appalachian State, Montana and Northern Iowa (twice).
-- Over the last seven seasons the league is 40-21 (.656) in playoff games, equalling only the Southern Conference’s mark of 21-11 (.656) in terms of winning percentage.
-- CAA Football teams are 37-18 (.673) in playoff games over the last seven years when not facing league foes -- the best non-conference playoff percentage by any of the automatic-bid conferences.
-- The league’s four first round wins in 2009 marked the second-straight and third season all-time CAA Football teams made up four of the final eight playoff squads.
-- CAA Football is 40-30 in first round playoff games dating back to 1978.
-- Villanova’s trip to the National Championship game in 2009 marked the fifth different CAA Football team to compete in the National Championship game in the last seven seasons. The Wildcats’ win in 2009 marked the fourth different CAA Football team to win the title over the last seven seasons.
-- CAA Football garnered two of the Top 4 seeds in the 2009 NCAA Division I Championships for the first time since 1997. Villanova was the bracket’s No. 2 seed, while Richmond earned the No. 4 seed in 2009.
#15/15 VILLANOVA AT #1/1 DELAWARE
Saturday, Nov. 20 - 12 pm
Delaware Stadium (22,000), Newark, Del.
Series: Villanova leads 22-20-1
Villanova (6-4, 4-3 CAA)
Coach: Andy Talley
Career: 213-124-2 (31 years)
School: 185-106-1 (26 years)
Rushing: Aaron Ball (10 G, 124-588 yards, 4 TD)
Passing: Chris Whitney (10 G, 144-226-5-1668 yards, 16 TD)
Receiving: Norman White (10 G, 51-619 yards, 7 TD)
Tackles: Marquis Kirkland (10 G, 39 solo, 33 assisted, 72 total)
Sacks: Marquis Kirkland (10 G, 3.5-22 yards)
Interceptions: James Pitts (10 G, 3-64 yards)
Delaware (9-1, 6-1 CAA)
Coach: K.C. Keeler
Career: 159-61-1 (17 years)
School: 71-40 (9 years)
Rushing: Andrew Pierce (10 G, 208-1080 yards, 12 TD)
Passing: Pat Devlin (9 G, 149-221-2-1853 yards, 11 TD)
Receiving: Nihja White (10 G, 35-432 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Paul Worrilow (10 G, 20 solo, 44 assisted, 64 total)
Sacks: Chris Morales (6 G, 2.5-23 yards)
Interceptions: Tyrone Grant (10 G, 4-113 yards)
JAMES MADISON AT MAINE
Saturday, Nov. 20 - 12 pm
Alfond Stadium (10,000), Orono, Maine
Series: James Madison leads 9-4
James Madison (5-5, 2-5 CAA)
Coach: Mickey Matthews
Career: 87-56 (12 years)
School: 87-56 (12 years)
Rushing: Jamal Sullivan (9 G, 150-656 yards, 4 TD)
Passing: Drew Dudzik (10 G, 94-175-9-1252 yards, 5 TD)
Receiving: Kerby Long (10 G, 16-283 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Stephon Robertson (10 G, 35 solo, 55 assisted, 90 total)
Sacks: D.J. Bryant (10 G, 2.5-24 yards)
Interceptions: Jonathan Williams (10 G, 2-30 yards)
Maine (4-6, 3-4 CAA)
Coach: Jack Cosgrove
Career: 97-107 (18 years)
School: 97-107 (18 years)
Rushing: Pushaun Brown (10 G, 120-548 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Warren Smith (10 G, 174-266-9-1749 yards, 9 TD)
Receiving: Derek Session (10 G, 46-555 yards, 1 TD)
Tackles: Donte Dennis (10 G, 48 solo, 49 assisted, 97 total)
Sacks: Doug Alston (10 G, 3.5-14 yards)
Interceptions: Vinson Givans (10 G, 2-48 yards)
TOWSON AT #14/13 NEW HAMPSHIRE
Saturday, Nov. 20 - 12 pm
Cowell Stadium (6,500), Durham, N.H.
Series: New Hampshire leads 6-0
Towson (1-9, 0-7 CAA)
Coach: Rob Ambrose
Career: 6-25 (3 years)
School: 3-18 (2 years)
Rushing: Chris Hart (8 G, 113-518 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: Chris Hart (8 G, 82-172-6-1013 yards, 9 TD)
Receiving: Erron Banks (10 G, 38-326 yards, 0 TD)
Tackles: Jordan Dangerfield (10 G, 46 solo, 44 assisted, 90 total)
Sacks: Matt Morgan (10 G, 4.0-25 yards)
Interceptions: Chris Patterson (10 G, 1-6 yards)
New Hampshire (6-4, 4-3 CAA)
Coach: Sean McDonnell
Career: 86-57 (12 years)
School: 86-57 (12 years)
Rushing: Dontra Peters (10 G, 133-684 yards, 7 TD)
Passing: R.J. Toman (10 G, 200-324-10-2183 yards, 13 TD)
Receiving: Terrance Fox (10 G, 58-618 yards, 6 TD)
Tackles: Matt Evans (10 G, 66 solo, 62 assisted, 128 total)
Sacks: Brian McNally (10 G, 9.0-48 yards)
Interceptions: Dino Vasso (10 G, 5-(-10) yards)
#19/19 MASSACHUSETTS AT RHODE ISLAND
Saturday, Nov. 20 - 12:30 pm
Meade Stadium (6,555), Kingston, R.I.
Series: Massachusetts leads 47-35-2
Massachusetts (6-4, 4-3 CAA)
Coach: Kevin Morris
Career: 35-42 (8 years)
School: 11-10 (2 years)
Rushing: John Griffin (10 G, 158-816 yards, 5 TD)
Passing: Kyle Havens (10 G, 194-303-6-2319 yards, 18 TD)
Receiving: Anthony Nelson (10 G, 57-701 yards, 3 TD)
Tackles: Tyler Holmes (10 G, 46 solo, 61 assisted, 107 total)
Sacks: Tyler Holmes (10 G, 5.0-28 yards)
Interceptions: Tyler Holmes (10 G, 5-70 yards)
Rhode Island (4-6, 3-4 CAA)
Coach: Joe Trainer
Career: 18-36 (5 years)
School: 5-16 (2 years)
Rushing: Ayo Isijola (10 G, 140-533 yards, 6 TD)
Passing: Steve Probst (10 G, 177-298-12-1676 yards, 6 TD)
Receiving: Anthony Baskerville (10 G, 44-432 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Matt Hansen (10 G, 56 solo, 52 assisted, 108 total)
Sacks: James Immins (9 G, 3.0-12 yards)
Interceptions: Jarrod Williams (10 G, 4-36 yards)
#18/20 RICHMOND AT #6/6 WILLIAM AND MARY
Saturday, Nov. 20 - 3:30 pm
Zable Stadium (12,259), Williamsburg, Va.
Series: William and Mary leads 59-55-5
Richmond (6-4, 4-3 CAA)
Coach: Latrell Scott
Career: 6-4 (First year)
School: 6-4 (First year)
Rushing: Tyler Kirchoff (10 G, 115-530 yards, 6 TD)
Passing: Aaron Corp (5 G, 67-123-4-645 yards, 3 TD)
Receiving: Tre Gray (9 G, 37-470 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Eric McBride (10 G, 44 solo, 70 assisted, 114 total)
Sacks: Martin Parker (10 G, 4.5-40 yards)
Interceptions: Patrick Weldon (10 G, 4-4 yards)
William and Mary (7-3, 5-2 CAA)
Coach: Jimmye Laycock
Career: 207-144-2 (31 years)
School: 207-144-2 (31 years)
Rushing: Jonathan Grimes (10 G, 478-714 yards, 8 TD)
Passing: Mike Callahan (7 G, 96-153-3-1215 yards, 8 TD)
Receiving: Ryan Moody (10 G, 38-599 yards, 2 TD)
Tackles: Dante Cook (9 G, 41 solo, 48 assisted, 89 total)
Sacks: Marcus Hyde (10 G, 5.5-30 yards)
Interceptions: Dante Cook (9 G, 2-134 yards)