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Roanoke, VA - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), its Football Coaches Association and the Sports Information Directors Association have announced the 2018 CIAA Football Predicted Order of Finish and the Preseason All-CIAA Team.new ciaa logo

For the 2018 season, the Bulldogs of Bowie State University have been selected as the predicted Championship contender. Meanwhile, the defending CIAA Champion Trojans of Virginia State University have been selected to finish second overall. The Bulldogs finished 9-2 last season with a 6-1 conference record and 4-1 division record. The Trojans finished 10-1 last season with a 7-0 conference record and 5-0 division record. Both BSU and VSU were invited to the first round of the NCAA Division II Region 2 football playoffs.

2018 Predicted Order of Finish

Predicted Divisional Order of Finish

Northern Division

  1. Bowie State
  2. Virginia State
  3. Virginia Union
  4. Chowan
  5. Elizabeth City State
  6. Lincoln (PA)

Southern Division

  1. Fayetteville State
  2. Winston-Salem State
  3. Saint Augustine's
  4. Shaw
  5. Johnson C. Smith
  6. Livingstone

1. Bowie State University
2. Virginia State University
3. Fayetteville State University
4. Winston-Salem State University
5. Virginia Union University
6. Saint Augustine's University
7. Chowan University
8. Shaw University
9. Elizabeth City State University
10. Johnson C. Smith University
11. Livingstone College
12. Lincoln (PA) University

 The 2018 Preseason All-CIAA Football Team is led by Amir Hall, Bowie State senior quarterback who led the conference in passing yards per game (319.9 yds) and touchdowns (41).

2017 Defensive Player of the Year, defensive back Sterling Hammond of Virginia Union, highlights the preseason's defense after completing his sophomore season with 5 interceptions. He also tallied 70 total tackles, including 46 solo tackles.

2017 Special Teams Player of the Year, kicker Gene Carson of Bowie State, scored 102 points for the Bulldogs last season, completing 10-13 (77%) field goals and 72-77 (94%) extra point attempts. 

2018 Preseason All-CIAA Football Team

Offense

TE

#89

Carlton Evans

ECSU

6-3

240

Sr.

Durham, NC

OL

#65

Tyreek Bailey*

FSU

6-2

305

Sr.

Newport News, VA

OL

#70

Frank Ball*

VSU

6-3

280

r-Jr.

Hampton, VA

OL

#77

Shamdu Nalls*

VUU

6-4

330

Sr.

Baltimore, MD

OL

#78

Donald Boone

CU

6-4

290

Sr.

Hertford, NC

OL

#57

Deveonte Mackey

WSSU

6-3

280

So.

Lakeland, FL

WR

#18

Lansana Sesay

BSU

6-4

175

Sr.

Bowie, MD

WR

#84

Torry Baker

CU

6-0

180

Sr.

Charlotte, NC

QB

#6

Amir Hall*

BSU

6-4

180

Sr.

Bowie, MD

RB

#28

Stevie Green

FSU

6-1

190

Jr.

Washington, NC

RB

#26

Kerrion Moore

WSSU

5-9

190

R-Jr.

Gastonia, NC

KR

#32

Brandon Smith

FSU

5-8

170

Jr.

Raeford, NC

PK

#47

Gene Carson*

BSU

6-2

185

Jr.

Accokeek, MD


Defense

DL

#34

Jarell Bright*

WSSU

6-2

235

Sr.

Charlotte, NC

DL

#11

Derrick Tate*

BSU

6-3

210

Sr.

Baltimore, MD

DL

#99

Jalen Cousar

FSU

6-1

320

Sr.

Charlotte, NC

DL

#51

Oluwaleke Ajenifuja

BSU

6-3

207

R-Jr.

Beltsville, MD

DL

#94

Tyler Bembry

CU

6-1

235

R-Sr.

Suffolk, VA

LB

#34

Devon Hunt*

SU

6-1

220

Jr.

Rockingham, NC

LB

#14

Vincent Thomas

ECSU

6-1

235

Sr.

New Symra Beach, FL

LB

#46

Anthony Harris

FSU

6-2

220

R-Jr.

Greenville, NC

DB

#8

Jaleel Scroggins

SU

6-1

180

So.

Raleigh, NC

DB

#7

Quantaye Battle

VUU

6-2

210

R-Jr.

Baltimore, MD

DB

#26

Sterling Hammond*

VUU

6-1

195

Jr.

Caret, VA

DB

#19

Elvin De La Rosa

FSU

6-1

190

So.

Winston-Salem, NC

PR

#23

William Flowers*

BSU

5-10

180

Jr.

Baltimore, MD

P

#19

Brandon Howard 

JCSU 

5-8

200

Jr.

Columbia, SC

*2017 All-CIAA First Team Members

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