CIAA Announces 2017 Preseason Football Team & Ranking

Roanoke, VA (July 19, 2017) - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and its Football Coaches Association announces the 2017 CIAA Football Predicted Order of Finish and the Preseason All-CIAA Team.

For the third consecutive season, the Rams of Winston-Salem State University have been selected as the predicted championship contender. The defending CIAA Champion Rams finished 9-3 last season with a 7-0 conference record. Bowie State University has been selected to finish second after falling to WSSU in the 2016 CIAA Championship.

2017 Predicted Order of Finish

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

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

The 2017 Preseason All-CIAA Football Team is led by a standout group of student-athletes. Amir Hall, Bowie State quarterback, led the conference in passing yards per game (326.9 yds) and touchdowns (30).VSU Trojans' running back highlights the preseason team after completing his junior season ranked first in the CIAA with 18 rushing touchdowns and No. 4 with 110.4 rushing yards per game. The league promises a young group of play makers as sophomore linebacker Devon Hunt (Shaw) is tabbed to the team after being named 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year and finishing the season second in tackles per game (8.9) and third in total tackles (89). Fellow sophomore Jarrell Bright (Winston-Salem State) ranked second in the CIAA last year with 12 sacks on the season.

2017 Preseason All-CIAA Football Team

Offense

TE

#17

Aaron Linen

SAU

6-4

210

Sr.

Oakland, CA

OL

#78

Victor Tamba, Jr.*

BSU

6-5

335

Sr.

District Heights, MD

OL

#61

Daris Johnson*

BSU

6-3

275

Sr.

Waldorf, MD

OL

#78

Donald Boone

CU

6-5

290

So.

Duluth, GA

OL

#70

Tim Samuels

WSSU

6-3

240

Jr.

Charlotte, NC

OL

#59

Josh Wormley

WSSU

6-1

295

So.

Sacramento, CA

WR

#47

Lavatiae Kelly*

VUU

6-2

190

Jr.

Miami, FL

WR

#1

Sam Boyd

SAU

6-4

250

Sr.

Houston, TX

QB

#6

Amir Hall

BSU

6-4

180

Jr.

Bowie, MD

RB

#25

Trenton Cannon*

VSU

5-11

175

Sr.

Hampton, VA

RB

#2

Robert Chesson

BSU

5-10

179

Jr.

Annapolis, MD

PK

#39

David Lamb

FSU

6-0

199

Sr.

Pineville, NC

KR

#47

Lavatiae Kelly*

VUU

6-2

190

Jr.

Miami, FL


Defense

DL

#34

Jarell Bright*

WSSU

6-2

235

So.

Charlotte, NC

DL

#41

Chasz Cosby

SAU

6-3

280

Sr.

Charlotte, NC

DL

#46

Armond Cox

LC

6-3

240

So.

Teaneck, NJ

DL

#56

Darius Darden

FSU

6-3

258

Jr.

Greensboro, NC

DL

#45

Nate Wyche

CU

6-1

240

Sr.

Suffolk, VA

LB

#14

Brandon Lynch*

VSU

6-1

215

Sr.

Norfolk, VA

LB

#34

Devon Hunt

SU

6-1

220

So.

Rockingham, NC

LB

#32

Jayron Rankin

WSSU

6-0

215

So.

Reidsville, NC

DB

#8

Carlo Thomas*

JCSU

6-2

185

Sr.

East Orange, NJ

DB

#21

Rahman Kamara

BSU

6-0

190

Sr.

Bowie, MD

DB

#20

Basir Wright

JCSU

6-0

166

Jr.

Douglasville, GA

DB

#26

Sterling Hammond

VUU

6-1

195

Fr.

Caret, VA

P

#38

Matthew Trau

FSU

6-2

170

Jr.

Montross, VA

PR 

#47 

Lavatiae Kelly* 

VUU 

6-2

190

Jr.

Miami, FL

*2016 All-CIAA First Team Members

The 2017 CIAA football season opens on Thursday, August 31, with the CIAA Football Championship scheduled for November 11, 2017 in Salem, Virginia. The nationally televised championship game will be played at Salem Football Stadium and feature the CIAA Northern and Southern Division champions.

CIAA Football Media Day kicks off at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Salem, Virginia. Catch all the action by following the CIAA on Facebook (The CIAA), Twitter (@CIAAForLife), and Instagram (@CIAASports).