CIAA Announces 2017 Preseason Football Team & Ranking

Roanoke, VA. – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and its Football Coaches Association announces the 2017 CIAA Football Predicted Order of Finish and the Preseason All-CIAA Team.

For the third consecutive season, the Rams of Winston-Salem State University have been selected as the predicted championship contender. The defending CIAA Champion Rams finished 9-3 last season with a 7-0 conference record. Bowie State University has been selected to finish second after falling to WSSU in the 2016 CIAA Championship.

2017 Predicted Order of Finish

  1. Winston-Salem State
  2. Bowie State
  3. Virginia State
  4. Virginia Union
  5. Fayetteville State
  6. Chowan
  7. Elizabeth City State
  8. Saint Augustine’s
  9. Shaw
  10. Johnson C. Smith
  11. Livingstone
  12. Lincoln (PA)

Predicted Divisional Order of Finish

Northern Division

  1. Bowie State
  2. Virginia State
  3. Virginia Union
  4. Chowan
  5. Elizabeth City State
  6. Lincoln (PA)

Southern Division

  1. Winston-Salem State
  2. Fayetteville State
  3. Saint Augustine’s
  4. Shaw
  5. Johnson C. Smith
  6. Livingstone

The 2017 Preseason All-CIAA Football Team is led by a standout group of student-athletes. Amir Hall, Bowie State quarterback, led the conference in passing yards per game (326.9 yds) and touchdowns (30). Virginia State running back Trenton Cannon highlights the preseason team after completing his junior season ranked first in the CIAA with 18 rushing touchdowns and No. 4 with 110.4 rushing yards per game.

Defensively, the league promises a young group of playmakers as sophomore linebacker Devon Hunt (Shaw) is tabbed to the team after being named 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year and finishing the season second in tackles per game (8.9) and third in total tackles (89). Fellow sophomore Jarrell Bright (Winston-Salem State) ranked second in the CIAA last year with 12 sacks on the season.

2017 Preseason All-CIAA Football Team


TE #17 Aaron Linen SAU 6-4 210 Sr. Oakland, CA
OL #78 Victor Tamba, Jr.* BSU 6-5 335 Sr. District Heights, MD
OL #61 Daris Johnson* BSU 6-3 275 Sr. Waldorf, MD
OL #78 Donald Boone CU 6-5 290 So. Duluth, GA
OL #70 Tim Samuels WSSU 6-3 240 Jr. Charlotte, NC
OL #59 Josh Wormley WSSU 6-1 295 So. Sacramento, CA
WR #47 Lavatiae Kelly* VUU 6-2 190 Jr. Miami, FL
WR #1 Sam Boyd SAU 6-4 250 Sr. Houston, TX
QB #6 Amir Hall BSU 6-4 180 Jr. Bowie, MD
RB #25 Trenton Cannon* VSU 5-11 175 Sr. Hampton, VA
RB #2 Robert Chesson BSU 5-10 179 Jr. Annapolis, MD
PK #39 David Lamb FSU 6-0 199 Sr. Pineville, NC
KR #47 Lavatiae Kelly* VUU 6-2 190 Jr. Miami, FL


DL #34 Jarell Bright* WSSU 6-2 235 So. Charlotte, NC
DL #41 Chasz Cosby SAU 6-3 280 Sr. Charlotte, NC
DL #46 Armond Cox LC 6-3 240 So. Teaneck, NJ
DL #56 Darius Darden FSU 6-3 258 Jr. Greensboro, NC
DL #45 Nate Wyche CU 6-1 240 Sr. Suffolk, VA
LB #14 Brandon Lynch* VSU 6-1 215 Sr. Norfolk, VA
LB #34 Devon Hunt SU 6-1 220 So. Rockingham, NC
LB #32 Jayron Rankin WSSU 6-0 215 So. Reidsville, NC
DB #8 Carlo Thomas* JCSU 6-2 185 Sr. East Orange, NJ
DB #21 Rahman Kamara BSU 6-0 190 Sr. Bowie, MD
DB #20 Basir Wright JCSU 6-0 166 Jr. Douglasville, GA
DB #26 Sterling Hammond VUU 6-1 195 Fr. Caret, VA
P #38 Matthew Trau FSU 6-2 170 Jr. Montross, VA
PR  #47  Lavatiae Kelly*  VUU  6-2 190 Jr. Miami, FL

*2016 All-CIAA First Team Members

The 2017 CIAA football season opens on Thursday, August 31, with the CIAA Football Championship scheduled for November 11, 2017, in Salem, Virginia. The nationally televised championship game will be played at Salem Football Stadium and feature the CIAA Northern and Southern Division champions.

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