Richmond, with 19 starters returning from last year’s 10-4 team that advanced to the FCS semifinals, was the overwhelming choice to win the CAA Football championship according to a vote of the league’s head coaches and media relations directors.
The Spiders, who play Sept. 17 against Stony Brook on ASN, return eight starters on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, they welcome back junior quarterback Kyle Lauletta, who threw for 3,598 yards and 19 touchdowns, and wide receiver Brian Brown, who led the conference with 76 catches for a career-high 1,450 yards and 6 TDs to garner All-America accolades.
The defense is headlined by senior All-America safety David Jones, who recorded a career-high 97 tackles and tied a school record with nine interceptions a year ago, and linebacker Omar Howard, who made a league-high 136 tackles and added 5.5 sacks to claim a spot on the All-CAA first team.
William & Mary and James Madison, which shared the last year’s CAA Football championship with the Spiders, were chosen second and third, respectively. The Tribe returns 16 starters from last year’s 9-4 team that advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs. JMU has a new head coach, Mike Houston, but returns 17 starters.
Villanova was selected fourth, followed by New Hampshire, Towson and Delaware.
Rounding out the preseason poll were Stony Brook, Maine, Elon, UAlbany and Rhode Island.
Now it’s your turn to vote.
Who is your choice to win CAA Football?
- James Madison (73%, 62 Votes)
- Richmond (13%, 11 Votes)
- Villanova (5%, 4 Votes)
- William & Mary (4%, 3 Votes)
- Other (4%, 3 Votes)
- Towson (2%, 2 Votes)
- New Hampshire (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 85
Above: Quarterback Kyle Lauletta is one of Richmond’s 19 returning starters. (Courtesy CAA Football)