July 26, 2013

WSSU Picked To Repeat as CIAA Football Champions

Winston-Salem, NC  – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®) held its 2013 Football Media Day yesterday in Winston-Salem, NC.  Representatives from all 12 conference teams gathered at the Donald J. Reaves Student Activities Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University and to no one’s surprise, the host Rams were picked to repeat as conference champions.

Stan Lewter (Urban Sports & Entertainment Group) served as Master of Ceremonies for a program that included interviews with coaches, and for the first-time, student-athletes, along with the announcement of the predicted order of finish and preseason all-conference team.

Following WSSU in the predicted order of finish were 2-Elizabeth City State University, 3- St. Augustine’s University, 4-Chowan University, 5-Shaw University, 6-Bowie State University, 7-Johnson C. Smith University, 8-Virginia Union University, 9-Fayetteville State University, 10-Virginia State University, 11-Livingstone College and 12 The Lincoln University.

Four new coaches were welcomed to the conference. Lawrence Kershaw of Fayetteville State, Latrell Scott of Virginia State, Daryl Williams from Livingstone and Ramon Flanigan of The Lincoln University will make their CIAA head coaching debuts this fall.  Kershaw and Scott will begin their careers facing each other when Fayetteville State hosts Virginia State in Fayetteville on Saturday, September 7.

In order to help fans identify players to watch during the upcoming season, the 2013 Preseason All-CIAA Team (attached) was announced.  Winston-Salem State led the field with five players selected followed by Bowie State and Elizabeth City State with four each.

The CIAA Football Season officially kicks off Thursday, September 5 when Winston-Salem State travels to meet UNC-Pembroke in a nationally televised contest on the CBS Sports Network.  Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00p.m.

2013 Preseason All-CIAA Team

OFFENSIVE TEAM

# NAME SCHOOL CL. HT. WT. HOMETOWN
TIGHT END
86 Khari Lee BSU JR 6’4 260 Baltimore, MD
LINEMEN
67 Austin Hochman BSU JR 6’5 295 Annapolis, MD
60 David Gatlin ECSU SR 6’4 330 Washington, D.C.
55 Rico Arellano JCSU SR 6’6 280 Charlotte, NC
73 Chris Bearden WSSU SR 6’7 315 Decatur, GA
64 Nathaniel Hartung WSSU SR 6’2 380 Butler, PA
WIDE RECEIVERS
86 Robert Holland CU SR 6’3 190 Newport News, VA
2 Fred Scott JCSU SO 5’7 170 Stone Mountain, GA
QUARTERBACK
1 Keahn Wallace JCSU JR 6’2 210 Homestead, FL
RUNNING BACKS
24 Colon Bailey, Jr. FSU SR 6’0 200 Manteo, NC
3 Maurice Lewis WSSU JR 5’11 190 Lumberton, NC
KICK RETURNER
1 Darnell Evans SU SR 5’9 190 Madison, NJ
PLACE KICKER
9 Brett Symonds ECSU SR 5’10 165 Temecula, CA
DEFENSIVE TEAM
# NAME SCHOOL CL. HT. WT. HOMETOWN
LINEMEN
41 Oladimeji Layeni BSU SR 5’11 250 Washington, D.C.
25 TJ Batchelor CU SR 6’0 240 Middlesex, NC
45 Javarous Faulk SAU SR 6’1 245 Macon, GA
49 Donnie Owens WSSU SR 6’3 285 Fayetteville, NC
LINEBACKERS
33 Kenneth White, Jr. LC JR 6’0 225 Southport, NC
3 Chaz Robinson SAU SR 5’11 220 Hampton, VA
44 Carlos Fields, Jr. WSSU SR 6’3 230 Henderson, NC
DEFENSIVE BACKS
7 Curtis Pumphrey BSU SO 5’8 160 Laurel, MD
1 Nigel Rios ECSU SR 5’9 170 Washington, D.C.
1 Darnell Evans SU SR 5’9 190 Madison, NJ
1 Sean Smith VSU SR 5’10 190 Lithonia, GA
PUNT RETURNER
1 Denzel Duchenne VUU SO 5’8 160 Brooklyn, NY
PUNTER
9 Brett Symonds ECSU SR 5’10 165 Temecula, CA

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