CAA Football’s opening season in 2007 was extremely successful, and the league backed that performance up with an even bigger show in 2008. An NCAA record-tying five CAA Football teams earned playoff berths, had 78 players earn All-America honors and garnered its fourth National Championship in 10 years when Richmond dominated Montana, 24-7, in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Six squads return All-America honorees in 2009 including Delaware’s Charles Graves, James Madison’s Scotty McGee, Maine’s Jared Turcotte, Massachusetts’ Jeromy Miles, New Hampshire’s Scott Sicko and Richmond’s Eric McBride and Matt McCracken.
CAA Football, which holds a string of 18-consecutive seasons with multiple berths in the NCAA Championships, has seen 10 of its 12 schools play at least one playoff game since 2001. CAA Football has produced four National Champions, seven National Finalists and close to 300 All-Americans. Delaware and James Madison won back-to-back National Championships in 2003 and 2004, marking the first time consecutive championships have gone to two different teams from the same league.
Over the last seven seasons league squads have earned 24 NCAA Championship berths and 35 NCAA Championship wins. Richmond, which won the school’s first-ever National Championship in 2008, returns 16 starters in 2009 including nine to a defense which was among the nation’s elite last season.
CAA Football squads have finished the season among the National Top-25 more than 85 times dating back to the league’s inception. Last season Richmond (No. 1), James Madison (No. 3), Villanova (No. 6), New Hampshire (No. 8), Maine (No. 18) and William and Mary (No. 20) were among the Top-20 in the final 2008 poll.
James Madison returns 13-of-22 starters from its Conference Championship team which advanced to the 2008 National Semifinals. Villanova, another projected CAA Football Championship contender in 2009, will rely on eight offensive starters and seven defensive starters who return. New Hampshire, which has beaten the last four FBS-level foes it has faced dating back to 2004, will be looking for its sixth-straight NCAA Championships berth in 2009.
The 2009 CAA Football Preview is now available online. Click on each of the links below to browse through each section in the 82-page book. Clicking on each of the cover images to the right will give you access to larger cover images.
- CAA Football Introduction -- Page 1-4
- Delaware Blue Hens -- Pages 5-8
- Hofstra Pride -- Pages 9-12
- James Madison Dukes -- Pages 13-16
- Maine Black Bears -- Pages 17-20
- Massachusetts Minutemen -- Pages 21-24
- New Hampshire Wildcats -- Pages 25-28
- Northeastern Huskies -- Pages 29-32
- Rhode Island Rams -- Pages 33-36
- Richmond Spiders -- Pages 37-40
- Towson Tigers -- Pages 41-44
- Villanova Wildcats -- Pages 45-48
- William and Mary Tribe -- Pages 49-52
- CAA Football Newcomers -- Pages 53-55
- CAA Football 2007 Review -- Pages 56-63
- CAA Football 2007 Statistics -- Pages 64-82