Villanova chosen to win the CAA Football Championship in 2022

Villanova chosen to win the CAA Football Championship in 2022




RICHMOND, Va. (July 28, 2022) – Villanova, who went 10-3 overall last season and won a share of the CAA Football Championship for the first time since 2012, has been chosen to win the CAA football title in 2022 based on a vote of the league’s head coaches and media relations directors.

The Wildcats earned 16 first-place votes and 270 points in the poll, passing rival Delaware, which received seven first-place votes and finished second with 235 points. Rhode Island ranked third with 224 points and Richmond was close behind in fourth with 219 points. William & Mary, who won two first-place votes, and Elon, who received one first-place vote, finished fifth and sixth respectively in the poll. Stony Brook placed seventh, followed by Maine, New Hampshire, Monmouth, Towson, Albany and Hampton.




Villanova is returning many of its best attacking players from last year’s squad that advanced to the FCS playoff quarterfinals for the first time since 2014 and was ranked No. 8 nationally. Returning for the Wildcats are receivers Rayjoun Pringle and Jaaron Hayek, who combined for 17 touchdowns, running backs Jalen Jackson and DeeWil Barlee, and All-America offensive lineman Michael Corbi. In defense, safety Ethan Potter is one of three returning starters.


Delaware is entering its first season under new head coach Ryan Carty. Nine starters return for the Blue Hens defensively, including All-America safety Kedrick Whitehead and All-CAA artists Johnny Buchanan, Noah Plack, Artis Hemmingway and Chase McGowan. Offensively, quarterback Nolan Henderson returns from a season-ending injury in 2021, along with top receiver Thyrick Pitts.


Rhode Island just wrapped up a 7-4 campaign, which marked its highest winning total since 2001. The Rams feature quarterback Kasim Hill, All-CAA tight end Caleb Warren and an offensive line that returns four starters. Seven starters return to the URI defense, highlighted by All-CAA cornerback Jordan Jones and leading tackle Evan Stewart.


Richmond closed the 2021 season on a four-game winning streak to finish 6-5 on aggregate. Running back/returner Aaron Dykes leads a field of seven starters for the Spiders offense, which added graduate transfer quarterback Reece Udinski and receiver Jakob Herres. There are also seven starters in the Richmond defense, including All-America linebacker Tristan Wheeler.


CAA Football expands to 13 teams for the first time in 2022 as Hampton and Monmouth join the conference. CAA Football has had a team in the FCS Championship Game 11 times since 2003, a team in the playoff semifinals for the past nine seasons, and a team in the quarterfinals every year since 1991. Eleven of the 13 current members of the league have competed in the FCS playoffs since 2015.


CAA Football also announced its all-conference preseason roster. Delaware led all schools with five honored players while Villanova had four. Stony Brook running back Ty Son Lawton, who ran a league-high 1,088 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2021, was named preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Defensive end William & Mary Nate Lynn, who was among the best in the nation with 12 sacks and six forced fumbles in 2021, was chosen as the preseason Defensive Player of the Year.



2022 CAA FOOTBALL PRE-SEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

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

OFFENSE

Name, school Cl. pos. HT. Weight Hometown/High School
Tony Muskett, Monmouth Jr. QB 6-2 195 Springfield, Va./West Springfield
Ty Son Lawton, Stony Brook Sr. RB 5-10 215 Staten Island, NY/Curtis
Bronson Yoder, William & Mary Sr. RB 5-11 195 Nappanee, Ind./Northwood
Luke Hamilton, Towson Sr. FB 6-0 245 Cumberland, Maryland/Fort Hill
Jackson Parham, Elon Sr. WR 6-3 205 Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough
Thyrick Pitts, Delaware Gr. WR 6-3 200 Manassas, Va./Forest Park
Rayjoun Pringle, Villanova Jr. WR 5-9 190 Dumfries, Va./Hayfield
Caleb Warren, Rhode Island Sr. TE 6-3 235 Brandon, Fla./Seffner Christian
Michael Corbi, Villanova Gr. OL 6-3 335 Arnold, Maryland/Mont Saint-Joseph
Nick Correia, Rhode Island Jr. OL 6-6 330 Nantucket, Mass./Nantucket
Colin Gamroth, Villanova Gr. OL 6-4 305 Mercer Island, Washington/Seattle Prep
Michael Gerace, Maine Gr. OL 6-4 305 Bel Air, Maryland/John Carroll
Kyle Nunez, Stony Brook Gr. OL 6-2 340 East Islip, New York/East Islip



DEFENSE

Name, school Cl. pos. HT. Weight Hometown/High School
Artis Hemmingway, Delaware Sr. DL 6-2 265 Hillside, NJ/Pope John XII
Nate Lynn, William & Mary Sr. DL 6-3 265 Charlotte, NC/Zebulon B. Vance
Chase McGowan, Delaware Sr. DL 6-1 240 Stafford, Virginia/North Stafford
Josiah Silver, New Hampshire So. DL 6-2 234 Hampton, Va./Phoebus
Jackson Ambush, UAlbany So. LB 6-0 222 New Market, Maryland/Linganore
Johnny Buchanan, Delaware Sr. LB 6-0 230 Brick, NJ/St. Jean Vianney
Tyler King, Stony Brook then. LB 6-1 235 Wexford, PA/Pine-Richland
KeShaun Moore, Hampton Sr. LB 6-3 240 Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk
Tristan Wheeler, Richmond Jr. LB 6-2 228 Bethlehem, PA/Freedom
Jordan Jones, Rhode Island Sr. CB 6-0 170 Brooklyn, NY/Abraham Lincoln
Ryan Poole, William & Mary Sr. BC 5-11 185 Annapolis, Md./Saint Mary’s
Cole Coleman, Elon Sr. S 5-10 193 Raleigh, NC/Leesville Road
Kedrick Whitehead, Delaware Sr. S 5-11 195 Middletown, Del./Middletown



SPECIAL TEAMS

Name, school Cl. pos. HT. Weight Hometown/High School
Aaron Dykes, Richmond Sr. KR 5-11 202 Knoxville, TN/Hardin Valley Acad.
Eddie Morales III, Monmouth Gr. PR 5-9 180 Farmingdale, NJ/Howell
Skyler Davis, Elon Sr. PK 5-8 170 Acworth, GA/Allatoona
Tyler Pastula, UAlbany Jr. P 6-3 200 Easton, PA/Easton
TD Ayo-Durojaiye, Villanova Sr. SPEC 5-11 210 Damascus, Maryland/Damascus



CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ty Son Lawton, AR, Stony Brook

CAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nate Lynn, DL, William and Mary



Honorable mention: Nolan HendersonQB, Delaware; Kasim HillQB, Rhode Island; Freddie BrocRB, Maine; Juwon FarriRB, Monmouth; Malachi ImohRB, Guillaume and Marie; Jadaki BondsWR, Hampton; Jaaron HayekWR, Villanova; Shawn BowmanTE, Maine; Patrick FlynnOL, New Hampshire; Colby SordalOL, Guillaume and Marie Antoine LangDL, UAlbany; Torrence WilliamsDL, Elon; Evan StewartLB, Rhode Island; Tre’Von JonesCB, Elon; Bush PopS, New Hampshire; Noah PlackS, Delaware; Ago HunterKR/PR, Towson; Jourdan Townsendpublic relations, Delaware; ryan kostP, Monmouth; Alex WashingtonSPEC, Guillaume and Marie





ANTICIPATED ORDER OF ARRIVAL FOR 2022 CAA FOOTBALL

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

 

  1. Villanova (16 first place votes) 270
  2. Delaware (7 first place votes) 235
  3. Rhode Island 224
  4. Richmond 219
  5. William & Mary (2 first place votes) 206
  6. Elon (1 vote for first place) 191
  7. Stony stream 151
  8. Maine 134
  9. New Hampshire 117
  10. Monmouth 105
  11. Towson 81
  12. Albany 64
  13. Hampton 31

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