The following comes directly from the CAA:
Offensive Player of the Week
Trai Sharp | RB | James Madison
Sharp rushed for a career-high 185 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries in James Madison’s 20-10 victory at Delaware. The junior running back averaged 5.1 yards per carry against a Blue Hens’ defense that was allowing just 62 yards per game on the ground. He also caught three passes for 13 yards as JMU won its CAA record-tying 17th straight game.
Defensive Players of the Week
Tyler Campbell | DB | Elon
Campbell made four tackles and intercepted two passes in No. 23 Elon’s 6-0 shutout of No. 19 UAlbany. The junior was part of a sensational defensive effort by the Phoenix, who allowed just 224 total yards and recorded their first shutout since 2009. His second interception was returned 48 yards and set up a fourth-quarter field goal.
John Haggart | DL | Stony Brook
Haggart made seven unassisted tackles and matched his career-high with three sacks in Stony Brook’s 21-18 road win at William & Mary. The junior defensive lineman led a Seawolves’ defense that held the Tribe to 88 yards on the ground and didn’t allow a point over the game’s first 40 minutes as they improved to 3-0 in league play.
Special Teams Player of the Week
John Hinchen | P | Villanova
Hinchen averaged 45.0 yards on five punts in Villanova’s 24-9 win at Towson. The senior helped the Wildcats flip field position in a tight game, unleashing punts of 52 and 55 yards with his team inside its own 25-yard line. He leads the CAA with a 43.3-yard average for the season.
Rookie of the Week
Nate Evans | RB | William & Mary
Evans accounted for 162 all-purpose yards and scored a touchdown in William & Mary’s narrow 21-18 setback to Stony Brook. The true freshman rushed for a team-high 82 yards and a touchdown on only 14 carries (5.9 ypg) and made a team-best five receptions for 80 yards.
CONFERENCE GAMES MEAN CLOSE GAMES: Close games continued around CAA Football last Saturday as all four conference contests had margins of seven points or less in the fourth quarter. For the season, 10 of the 11 CAA Football games have featured scores within a touchdown or less in the fourth quarter.
JMU TIES WIN STREAK RECORD: Reigning FCS national champion James Madison extended its winning streak to 17 games with a 20-10 triumph at Delaware last Saturday, matching Richmond’s conference record of 17 consecutive victories that was set during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The Dukes’ 17-game streak is the longest active streak of any FBS or FCS team and is tied for the 13th-longest streak in FCS history.
LEAGUE-RECORD SEVEN CAA TEAMS RANKED IN NATIONAL POLL: Seven CAA Football teams are ranked nationally in this week’s STATS FCS Top 25 poll, tying the conference record. The last time seven CAA Football teams were nationally ranked was Oct. 29, 2012. Six teams are also ranked in the FCS Coaches poll. James Madison remained No.1 in both polls, while New Hampshire moved up to No. 13 in both set of rankings. Villanova rose to No. 12 in the STATS poll and No. 15 in the Coaches Poll and Richmond edged up to No. 14 in both polls. Elonclimbed to No. 18 in the STATS poll and entered the Coaches Poll at No. 23, while Stony Brook was ranked for the first time this season at No. 23 by STATS and No. 24 by the Coaches.UAlbany slipped to No. 24 in the STATS poll and fell out of the Coaches Poll. CAA Football had the most ranked teams of any conference in the STATS poll and was second to the Missouri Valley in the Coaches poll.
NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS: CAA Football teams are 20-3 against non-conference FCS opponents this season, which is the best non-conference FCS winning percentage (.870) of any league. Making the numbers even more impressive is the fact that six of the victories have been on the road. CAA Football teams went 24-7 in non-conference games against FCS opponents last season, which was the best winning percentage by an FCS conference.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: CAA Football teams are a combined 20-5 at home this season, including 14-0 in non-conference play.
DOMINANT DEFENSE: Seven CAA teams are ranked in the top 36 in FCS in scoring defense and six are among the top 25 in total defense. James Madison is ranked #3 in FCS in total defense (231.2 ypg) and #5 in scoring defense (11.6 ppg), while UAlbany is #6 in total (251.2 ypg) and #7 in scoring (12.2 ppg) defense. There are also six CAA teams in the top 30 in rushing defense, led by #4 Villanova (56.8 ypg). A list of CAA teams among NCAA statistical leaders is included in the column to the left.
SUCCESS THROUGH THE AIR: Richmond quarterack Kyle Lauletta tops the nation in passing (417.5 ypg) and total offense (422.5 ypg) and is second in passing TD’s (14), while Spiders’ receivers Cortrelle Simpson (141.3 ypg) and Dejon Brissett (128.0 ypg) rank second and fourth in FCS in receiving yards per game. New Hampshire quarterback Trevor Knight is tied for sixth in passing TD’s (13), while his top target, Neil O’Connor, ranks fifth in receiving yards (127.6 ypg) and is tied for second in receiving TD’s (8).
MACK, SUMMERS LEAD FCS IN RUSHING: The leading rushers in FCS in average yards and total yards both play in CAA Football. Maine’s Josh Mack tops the nation with 167.3 yards per game (502 yds in 3 games), while Elon’s Malcolm Summers is No. 1 in the country in rushing yards (674) and No. 3 in rushing yards per game (134.8 ypg).
• Fell 6-0 at Elon last Saturday, snapping a three-game winning streak.
• UAlbany limited Elon to 271 total yards and held the Phoenix to two field goals in four trips inside the 20. The Great Danes rank 6th in FCS in total defense (251.2 ypg), 7th in scoring defense (12.2 ppg) and 17th in rush defense (94.2 ypg).
• The Great Danes haven’t allowed more than 285 total yards in a game this season and are giving up just 7.5 ppg over their past four contests.
• Freshman RB Karl Mofor rushed for a team-high 95 yards on 19 carries at Elon and caught 3 passes for 26 yards. He ranks 7th in the CAA in rushing (67.4 ypg).
• TE Anthony Manzo-Lewis made a season-high five catches for 41 yards at Elon.
• LB Nate Hatalsky made a team-high 12 tackles and 2.0 TFL at Elon. He ranks 2nd in the CAA in stops (56) and third in TFL (7.0) for the season.
• Dropped a 20-10 decision to JMU in their CAA opener last week.
• UD held JMU’s nationally ranked offense to 347 total yards and one offensive TD. The Hens rank 15th in FCS in scoring defense (16.0 ppg), 20th in total defense (297.3 ypg), and 30th in rush defense (110.0 ypg).
• LB Troy Reeder made a team-high 12 tackles vs. JMU and is tied for the team lead with 29 stops for the season.
• RB Kani Kane rushed for a career-high 81 yards on 13 carries vs. JMU. He had run for just 28 yards over UD’s first three games.
• Frank Raggo booted a school-record 55-yard field goal vs. JMU. The kick was tied for the 3rd-longest in CAA history.
• WR Diante Cherry caught 3 passes for 28 yards against JMU and become the 19th player in UD history to eclipse 100 receptions for his career.
• Jalen Kindle registered 10 tackles and a sack vs. JMU in place of injured LB Charles Bell.
• Off to their best start since 2009 after beating No. 19 UAlbany, 6-0, last Saturday.
• Elon has won three straight games against Top 25 foes for the first time ever.
• Elon held Albany to 224 total yards and posted its first shutout since 2009. EU didn’t allow UA inside the 25-yard line.
• Malcolm Summers ran for 171 yards on 39 carries vs. UA. He’s rushed for 643 yards over the past three games and leads FCS with 674 yards for the season.
• LB Warren Messer recorded a team-high 12 tackles, 1.0 TFL and 2 pass breakups vs. UA. He’s had double-digit stops in all five games and leads the CAA with 60 tackles.
• Tyler Campbell intercepted 2 passes vs. UA and has 3 pickoffs and a forced fumble over the past two weeks.
• Elon’s last four games have been decided by a total of 14 points. The four-game win streak is the longest since 2010.
• Remained unbeaten after a 20-10 victory at Delaware last Saturday.
• JMU has won 17 straight games, which is the longest Div. I streak in the nation. The Dukes matched Richmond’s CAA record of 17 consecutive victories in 2008-09.
• Trai Sharp rushed for a career-high 185 yards and a TD on 36 carries at UD. It was his 2nd 100-yard effort in three games.
• JMU ranks 5th in FCS in scoring offense (41.8 ppg) and rushing offense (289.8 ypg) and 6th in total offense (557.5 ypg).
• JMU held UD to 229 total yards. JMU ranks 3rd in FCS in total defense (231.2 ypg) 5th in scoring defense (11.6 ppg), 6th in pass defense (141.8 ypg) and 15th in rush defense.
• Andrew Ankrah returned a fumble 23 yards for a TD and also added 5 tackles, 2.0 TFL and a sack at UD.
• LB Brandon Hereford tallied a team-high 11 tackles and a sack in his first game of the season at UD.
• Off last week after its scheduled game with UCF was cancelled.
• Josh Mack has run for over 100 yards in all three games this season, including 255 yds vs. Bryant. He leads FCS in rushing (167.3 ypg) and all-purpose yards (187.7 ypg).
• Freshman QB Chris Ferguson ranks 6th in the CAA in passing (183.7 ypg) and has thrown 6 TD passes this season.
• LB Sterling Sheffield is second on the team in tackles (24), ranks 4th in the CAA in sacks (3.5) and has at least one tackle for loss in 6 straight games.
• Maine leads the CAA and ranks 3rd in FCS in turnover margin (+7). The Black Bears have forced 12 turnovers in just three games.
• Earnest Edwards tops the CAA and ranks 8th in FCS with a 28.3 KOR average.
• All-CAA WR Micah Wright is expected to see his first action of the season this week. Wright led the Black Bears with 44 receptions for 688 yards and 7 TD’s in 2016.
• Rolled past Bryant, 45-17, in their final non-conference game last week.
• Trevor Knight was 17-of-29 passing for 318 yards and 3 TD’s vs. Bryant. He ranks 12th in FCS in total offense (300.0 ypg) and has thrown for 1,048 yards and 9 TD’s over the last three weeks.
• Neil O’Connor made 7 catches for 134 yards and 3 TD’s vs. Bryant. It was his third game with 100+ yards this season. He ranks 6th in FCS in receptions (8.0 pg), 5th in receiving yards (126.3 ypg) and 2nd in TD’s (8).
• Rick Ellison returned an interception 50 yards for a TD vs. Bryant.
• RB Evan Gray ran for a season-high 98 yards and 2 TD’s on just 11 carries vs. Bryant.
• UNH ranks second in the CAA with a +5 turnover margin for the season.
• Quinlen Dean made 11 tackles vs. Bryant and ranks 3rd in the CAA with 8.8 stops per game.
• Suffered a 24-21 setback at rival Brown in the Governor’s Cup last Saturday.
• Aaron Parker made a career-high 10 receptions for a career-best 128 yards and a TD at Brown. He tied a URI record set in 1984 with a TD catch in 7 straight games. He ranks 12th in FCS in receiving yards (103.0 ypg) and 5th in the CAA in receptions (5.8 pg).
• Tyler Harris was 28-of-46 passing for 298 yards and 2 TD’s at Brown. He ranks 25th in FCS in passing yards (251.8 ypg) and has passed for 200+ yards in 4 of his 5 games.
• DE L.B. Mack III had a career-high 10 tackles, 4.5 TFL, a forced fumble and a sack at BU.
• Harold Cooper rushed for 80 yards on only 9 carries at Brown, including a 54-yard TD run in the first quarter.
• LB Justin Hogan made a team-best 12 tackles at Brown, which was his 5th career game with double-digit stops.
• URI has scored six touchdowns of 51 yards or longer over the first five games.
• Off last week. Close a 3-game homestand vs. UAlbany this Saturday.
• QB Kyle Lauletta has topped the 300-yard mark in all four games and leads FCS in passing yards (417.5 ypg) and total offense (422.5 ypg) and is 2nd in passing TD’s (14).
• Lauletta ranks 2nd on UR’s career passing yards (8,398) and passing TD (59) list.
• Cortrelle Simpson ranks 2nd in FCS in receiving yards (141.3 ypg) and 11th in receptions (7.3 pg), while Dejon Brissett is 7th in FCS in receptions (7.8 pg) and 4th in receiving yards (128.0 ypg).
• UR leads FCS in total offense (557.5 ypg) and passing offense (417.5 ypg) and ranks 12th in scoring offense (38.8 ppg).
• Daniel Jones ranks 4th in the CAA with 8.7 tackles per game (26 total).
• UR’s defense has recorded 10 sacks over the first four games.
• Remained atop the CAA standings at 3-0 after a 21-18 victory at William & Mary.
• Joe Carbone completed 12-of-17 passes for 182 yards and a TD at W&M. He’s thrown 8 TD passes with no interceptions over the last 4 games.
• RB Donald Liotine had 185 all-purpose yards at W&M, including a 61-yard TD catch and a 9-yard TD run.
• SBU’s defense held W&M to 300 total yards. The Seawolves rank 18th in FCS in total defense (295.0 ypg) and 23rd in scoring defense (18.2 ppg).
• Stacey Bedell rushed for a season-high 104 yards and a TD at W&M.
• DL John Haggart recorded 7 solo tackles and tied a career-high with 3 sacks at W&M.
• Darin Peart and Travon Reid-Segure each made their third interception of the season at W&M, which is tied for the CAA lead.
• Dropped a 24-9 decision to Villanova last Saturday.
• QB Ryan Stover completed 24-of-44 passes for 202 yards vs. VU. It was his third 200-yard passing effort in the past four games.
• WR Jabari Greenwood caught a team-high 10 passes for 78 yards vs. VU. It was the 2nd time in 3 weeks he’s had 10+ catches and he ranks 4th in the CAA in receptions (6.2 pg).
• Towson held Villanova to 258 total yards, which was the third time this season it has kept an opponent under 300 yards.
• The Tigers intercepted three VU passes, including two by Monty Fenner. Towson didn’t allow a pass completion in the 2nd half.
• Kanyia Anderson recorded his league-leading 4th sack vs. Villanova and tops the CAA with 9.0 TFL for the season.
• Aidan O’Neill kicked a 27-yard field goal vs. VU and is 7-for-9 on FG’s for the season. The 7 FG’s are tied for the most in the CAA.
• Defeated Towson, 24-9, last week for their first CAA victory of the season.
• Freshman QB Jack Schetlich passed for one TD and ran for two more in the 4th quarter after replacing injured starter Zach Bednarczyk early in the game at Towson.
• Bednarczyk has passed for 1,068 yards and 6 TD’s with no interceptions this season. He’s 14th in FCS in pass efficiency.
• Aaron Forbes ran for a season-high 84 yards on 16 carries at Towson. He leads the Wildcats with 248 rushing yards.
• VU held Towson to 246 total yards, including 44 yards rushing. The Wildcats rank 4th in FCS in rushing defense (56.8 ypg) and have held seven straight opponents to less than 100 yards on the ground.
• VU is 14th in FCS in scoring defense (15.8 ppg) and 19th in total defense (295.2 ypg).
• LB Ed Shockley recorded a game-high 13 tackles at Towson and leads the team with 41 stops for the season.
William & Mary
• Fell 21-18 to Stony Brook in their CAA opener last week. Trailed 21-0 late in the third quarter before rallying.
• Tommy McKee was 16-of-33 passing for a career-high 212 yards and a TD vs. SBU.
• Nate Evans ran for a team-high 82 yards and a TD on 14 carries and also had a career-high 5 catches for 80 yards against SBU.
• W&M ranks 15th in FCS in scoring defense (16.0 ppg), 24th in total defense (308.8 ypg) and 25th in rushing defense (104.0 ypg).
• W&M has recorded a CAA-best 16 sacks through the first four games after totaling just 10 in 2016. The Tribe ranks 3rd in FCS in sacks per game (4.0) and 6th in tackles for loss per game (8.5).
• LB’s Nate Atkins and Arman Jones each made a team-high nine tackles vs. SBU. Atkins is 8th in the CAA with 8.5 tackles per game and Jones is 15th with 7.5 per game.
• DL Isaiah Stephens has recorded a sack in three straight games.