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Richmond picked to finish 9th in CAA

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In a poll of the league's 11 coaches, the Richmond Spiders football team was picked to finish ninth in the Colonial Athletic Association this upcoming year.

After taking home its first CAA football title in 2011, the Towson Tigers were picked to repeat as conference champions. James Madison was predicted to finish third, and William and Mary slotted seventh.

Also part of the Colonial Athletic Association media day was the announcement of the 2012 Preseason All-CAA football squad. Highlighting the teams were New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans and Towson running back Terrance West.

James Madison's Brian Barlow (fullback) and Earl Watford (offensive line) earned offensive first team honors. Richmond's Darius McMillan (linebacker), JMU's Stephon Robertson (linebacker), and William and Mary's Brian Thompson (safety) and B.W. Webb (cornerback) highlighted the defensive squad.

Dae'Quan Scott of James Madison also made the team as a return specialist.

2012 CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Position Name Year Height Weight School
Running Back Terrance West Sophomore 5-11 223 Towson
           
2012 CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Position Name Year Height Weight School
Linebacker Matt Evans Senior 6-0 226 New Hampshire
           
2012 CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
OFFENSE          
Position Name Year Height Weight School
Quarterback Taylor Heinicke Sophomore 6-1 190 Old Dominion
Running Back Andrew Pierce Junior 5-11 200 Delaware
Running Back Terrance West Sophomore 5-11 223 Towson
Fullback Brian Barlow Senior 6-3 260 James Madison
Wide Receiver Nick Mayers Senior 5-7 175 Old Dominion
Wide Receiver Maurice McDonald Senior 6-0 180 Maine
Wide Receiver Nihja White Senior 6-2 205 Delaware
Tight End Justin Perillo Junior 6-4 250 Maine
Offensive Line Ricky Archer Junior 6-2 278 New Hampshire
Offensive Line Chris Howley Senior 6-3 285 Maine
Offensive Line Dan Shirey Senior 6-2 280 Villanova
Offensive Line Josh Spearin Senior 6-4 290 Maine
Offensive Line Earl Watford Senior 6-4 290 James Madison
           
DEFENSE          
Position Name Year Height Weight School
Defensive Line Frank Beltre Senior 6-3 250 Towson
Defensive Line Chris Burnette Senior 6-4 290 Old Dominion
Defensive Line Michael Cole Junior 6-2 250 Maine
Defensive Line Antoine Lewis Junior 6-3 275 Villanova
Linebacker Matt Evans Senior 6-0 226 New Hampshire
Linebacker Darius McMillan Senior 5-11 210 Richmond
Linebacker Stephon Robertson Junior 5-11 215 James Madison
Linebacker Craig Wilkins Senior 6-2 230 Old Dominion
Linebacker Paul Worrilow Senior 6-0 230 Delaware
Safety Jordan Dangerfield Senior 5-11 200 Towson
Safety Brian Thompson Senior 5-11 215 William and Mary
Cornerback Travis Hawkins Junior 5-10 195 Delaware
Cornerback B.W. Webb Senior 5-11 180 William and Mary
           
SPECIAL TEAMS          
Position Name Year Height Weight School
Return Specialist Dae'Quan Scott Junior 5-9 190 James Madison
Placekicker Sean Baner Junior 6-1 195 Delaware
Punter Jonathan Plisco Senior 6-0 210 Old Dominion
           
2012 CAA FOOTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH (first-place votes)
1.  Towson (12)          
2.  Old Dominion (7)          
3.  James Madison (1)          
4.  New Hampshire(2)          
5.  Delaware          
6.  Maine          
7.  William and Mary          
8.  Villanova          
9.  Richmond          
10.  Rhode Island          
11.  Georgia State    

 

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