"Defending champion" are two words that describe New Hampshire, which won the CAA Football title last season.
But those are not the two words linebacker Akil Anderson used to describe the Wildcats, who tied with James Madison for second in the CAA's preseason poll behind Villanova.
Heading into Thursday night's season-opener at San Jose State, Anderson told ASN's Monica McNutt the defending champions are "passionate and prepared."
Watch Anderson and others players describe there teams.
ON THE COVER
Top row from left: Delaware’s Jalen Randolph (Mark Campbell/UD Athletics Media Relations Photo); James Madison’s Vad Lee (Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics); William & Mary’s Mikal Abdul-Saboor (Pete Clawson/Tribe Athletics.)
Second row from left: Elon’s Tracey Coppedge (Jeremy McKnight/Elon Athletics); Villanova’s John Robertson (Villanova Athletics); Albany’s Josh Gontarek (Bill Ziskin/UAlbany Athletics); New Hampshire’s Sean Goldrich (Gil Talbot Photography); Rhode Island’s Harold Cooper (Mike Scott/URI Athletics).
Bottom row from left: Richmond’s Seth Fisher (Richmond Athletics); Maine’s Dan Collins (Peter Buehner/UMaine Athletics); Stony Brook’s Stacey Bedell (Stony Brook Athletics); Towson’s Darius Victor (Towson Athletics).
Above: Video produced by Alex Autem/ASN