Parker, Ginnetti Named Preseason All-CAA, URI Football Picked To Finish Last In Coaches Poll

CAA Press Release

BALTIMORE, Md. (July 24, 2018) – James Madison, which returns 12 starters from last season’s 14-1 team that reached the NCAA FCS National Championship game for the second consecutive year , was the overwhelming choice to capture the CAA Football title in 2018 according to a vote of the league’s head coaches and media relations directors. The announcement was made on Tuesday morning as the conference conducted its annual Media Day from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

New Hampshire, which is coming off its record 14th straight FCS playoff appearance, was picked second in the poll, while Delaware placed third. Fourth-place Stony Brook, fifth-place Elon and sixth-place Villanova were separated by just five points in the voting. Richmond was chosen seventh, followed by Maine, UAlbany, Towson, William & Mary and Rhode Island.

JMU captured its third straight CAA Football title in 2017, becoming the first school to achieve that feat since Boston University (1982-84) more than 30 years ago. The Dukes posted a perfect 8-0 mark in CAA play for the second consecutive season and enter the 2018 campaign having won a league-record 18 straight conference games. Offensively, JMU returns its top three rushers and two of its top three receivers from a unit that averaged a CAA-best 34.4 points per game. The Dukes led the nation in scoring defense (11.1 ppg) in 2017 and welcome back five starters from that unit. Senior All-American Rashad Robinson (7 int.) and senior Jimmy Moreland (8 int.) anchor a secondary that tied a CAA record and topped FCS with 31 interceptions a year ago.

New Hampshire welcomes back nine starters on both sides of the ball from last year’s 9-5 team that reached the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. Senior quarterback Trevor Knight (291-471, 3,433 yds., 26 TD’s) is back to lead the offense and he returns his top two receiving targets in All-American Neil O’Connor (97 rec., 1,396 yds., 10 TD’s) and junior Malik Love (70 rec., 733 yds., 3 TD’s). Spearheading the Wildcats’ defense are linebackers Quinlen Dean (124 tackles, 11.5 TFL) and Jared Kuehl (65 tackles, 13 TFL) and defensive end Jae’Wuan Horton (9 sacks).

Delaware went 7-4 and posted its best conference mark (5-3) since 2011 in its first year under head coach Danny Rocco. Eight starters return on offense, including leading rusher Kani Kane (142 att., 594 yds., 7 TD’s) and top receiver Jamie Jarmon (29 rec., 327 yds., 6 TD’s). The Blue Hens ranked 10th nationally in scoring defense (16.8 ppg) last season and have seven starters back. Topping that group are defensive back Nasir Adderley (78 tackles, 5 int.) and linebackers Troy Reeder (89 tackles) and Charles Bell.

Stony Brook tied a school record for overall wins (10-3), posted its most CAA victories ever (7-1) and advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs in 2017. The Seawolves have 14 returning starters, including quarterback Joe Carbone (204-363, 2,470 yds., 23 TD’s) and linebacker Shayne Lawless (93 tackles, 13 TFL, 8 sacks).

Elon has nine starters back on offense and defense from last year’s 8-4 team that earned an FCS playoff berth for the first time since 2009 and won more CAA games (6-2) than in its first three years combined. The Phoenix offense returns quarterback Davis Cheek (190-323, 2,431 yds., 15 TD’s) and its top three rushers who combined for nearly 1,900 yards. All-America linebacker Warren Messer (114 tackles, 11 TFL, 5.5 sacks) anchors the defense.

CAA Football also announced its preseason all-conference team. JMU had a league-high six players honored, including Robinson as the preseason Defensive Player of the Year. New Hampshire’s Knight was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

2018 CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

(Selected by a vote of Head Coaches and Media Relations Directors)

OFFENSE

Name, School                                                    Cl.           Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Hometown/High School

Trevor Knight, New Hampshire Sr. QB 6-0 198 Amherst, N.H./Nashua South

Kani Kane, Delaware                                      Sr.           RB           6-0          240         Bridgeville, Del./Sussex Tech

Marcus Marshall, James Madison Sr. RB 5-10 207 Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook

Cal Daniels, Stony Brook                               Sr.           FB           6-2          255         Bethel, Conn./Bethel

Dejon Brissett, Richmond                             Sr.           WR         6-2          190         Mississauga, Ontario/Lake Forest Acad.

Neil O’Connor, New Hampshire                                Sr.           WR         5-11       182         Leominster, Mass./Leominster

Aaron Parker, Rhode Island                         Jr.           WR         6-3          191         Brandywine, Md./Gwynn Park

Charles Scarff, Delaware                               Sr.           TE           6-5          270         Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic

Mario Farinella, Delaware Sr. OL 6-0 300 Bloomfield, N.J./Bergen Catholic

Ethan Greenidge, Villanova Sr. OL 6-4 335 Flanders, N.Y./Riverhead

Jahee Jackson, James Madison                  Jr.           OL           6-3          292         Baltimore, Md./Gilman

CJ Toogood, Elon Sr. OL 6-2 293 Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs

John Yarbrough, Richmond                          Sr.           OL           6-5          285         Homewood, Ala./Homewood

DEFENSE

Name, School                                                    Cl.           Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Hometown/High School

Darrious Carter, James Madison                                Sr.           DL           6-5          235         Indiana, Pa./Indiana Senior

Andrew Clyde, Richmond                             Sr.           DL           6-3          275         Dallas, Texas/Highland Park

Brandon Ginnetti, Rhode Island                                Jr.           DL           6-3          275         East Haven, Conn./Cheshire Academy

Kayon Whitaker, Maine Jr. DL 6-3 235 Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate

Quinlen Dean, New Hampshire                 Jr.           LB           6-0          227         Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt

Shayne Lawless, Stony Brook Sr. LB 6-1 225 Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown

Warren Messer, Elon Sr. LB 5-11 227 Garner, N.C./Garner

Troy Reeder, Delaware                                 Sr.           LB           6-2          245         Hockessin, Del/Salesianum

Nasir Adderley, Delaware                            Sr.           S              6-0          190         Philadelphia, Pa./Great Valley

Rob Rolle, Villanova Sr. S 6-0 185 Newfield, N.J./Delsea

Jimmy Moreland, James Madison            Sr.           CB           5-11       172         Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Royal Palm Beach

Rashad Robinson, James Madison            Sr.           CB           5-11       182         Richmond, Va./Hermitage

SPECIAL TEAMS

Name, School                                                    Cl.           Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Hometown/High School

Earnest Edwards, Maine Jr. KR 5-10 175 Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute

Donovan McDonald, UAlbany Jr. PR 6-0 175 West Orange, N.J./Montclair

Griffin Trau, Richmond                                  Sr.           PK           5-8          170         Culver, Ind./Western Reserve Acad.

Harry O’Kelly, James Madison                    So.          P             6-1          178         Wynnum, Queensland, Australia/Iona

Mozai Nelson, Maine Sr. SPEC 6-0 205 Uniondale, N.Y./St. Anthony’s

CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Trevor Knight, QB, New Hampshire

CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Rashad Robinson, CB, James Madison

2018 CAA FOOTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

(Selected by a vote of Head Coaches and Media Relations Directors)

1.       James Madison (21 first-place votes)      241

2.       New Hampshire (2 first-place votes)       206

3.       Delaware                                                             182

4.       Stony Brook                                                       169

5.       Elon (1 first-place vote)                                 168

6.       Villanova                                                              164

7.       Richmond                                                            127

8.       Maine                                                                   81

9.       UAlbany                                                               78

10.   Towson                                                                                74

11.   William & Mary                                                 55

12.   Rhode Island                                                      39