New Hampshire Football Report

UNH picked second in CAA poll

BALTIMORE, Md. – 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 (seven interceptions) and senior Jimmy Moreland (eight interceptions) 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 yads., 26 TDs) 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.

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

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

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

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



(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

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