CIAA Announces 2018 Preseason Football Honors

Roanoke, Va. – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), its Football Coaches Association and the Sports Information Directors Association announces the 2018 CIAA Football Predicted Order of Finish and the Preseason All-CIAA Team.

For the 2018 season, the Bulldogs of Bowie State University have been selected as the predicted Championship contender. Meanwhile, the defending CIAA Champion Trojans of Virginia State University have been selected to finish second. The Bulldogs finished 9-2 last season with a 6-1 conference record and 4-1 division record. The Trojans finished 10-1 last season with a 7-0 conference record and 5-0 division record. Both BSU and VSU were featured in the first round of the NCAA Division II Region 2 football playoffs.

2018 Predicted Order of Finish

1. Bowie State University

2. Virginia State University

3. Fayetteville State University

4. Winston-Salem State University

5. Virginia Union University

6. Saint Augustine’s University

7. Chowan University

8. Shaw University

9. Elizabeth City State University

10. Johnson C. Smith University

11. Livingstone College

12. Lincoln (PA) University


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


The 2018 Preseason All-CIAA Football Team is led by a standout group of student-athletes. Amir Hall, Bowie State senior quarterback, led the conference in passing yards per game (319.9 yds) and touchdowns (41). 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, defensive back Sterling Hammond of Virginia Union, highlights the preseason’s defense after completing his sophomore season with 5 interceptions. He also tallied 70 total tackles, including 46 solo tackles. 2017 Special Teams Player of the Year, kicker Gene Carson of Bowie State, scored 102 points for the Bulldogs last season, completing 10-13 (77%) field goals and 72-77 (94%) extra point attempts.



2018 Preseason All-CIAA Football Team


TE #89 Carlton Evans ECSU 6-3 240 Sr. Durham, NC
OL #65 Tyreek Bailey* FSU 6-2 305 Sr. Newport News, VA
OL #70 Frank Ball* VSU 6-3 280 r-Jr. Hampton, VA
OL #77 Shamdu Nalls* VUU 6-4 330 Sr. Baltimore, MD
OL #78 Donald Boone CU 6-4 290 Sr. Hertford, NC
OL #57 Deveonte Mackey WSSU 6-3 280 So. Lakeland, FL
WR #18 Lansana Sesay BSU 6-4 175 Sr. Bowie, MD
WR #84 Torry Baker CU 6-0 180 Sr. Charlotte, NC
QB #6 Amir Hall* BSU 6-4 180 Sr. Bowie, MD
RB #28 Stevie Green FSU 6-1 190 Jr. Washington, NC
RB #26 Kerrion Moore WSSU 5-9 190 R-Jr. Gastonia, NC
KR #32 Brandon Smith FSU 5-8 170 Jr. Raeford, NC
PK #47 Gene Carson* BSU 6-2 185 Jr. Accokeek, MD


DL #34 Jarell Bright* WSSU 6-2 235 Sr. Charlotte, NC
DL #11 Derrick Tate* BSU 6-3 210 Sr. Baltimore, MD
DL #99 Jalen Cousar FSU 6-1 320 Sr. Charlotte, NC
DL #51 Oluwaleke Ajenifuja BSU 6-3 207 R-Jr. Beltsville, MD
DL #94 Tyler Bembry CU 6-1 235 R-Sr. Suffolk, VA
LB #34 Devon Hunt* SU 6-1 220 Jr. Rockingham, NC
LB #14 Vincent Thomas ECSU 6-1 235 Sr. New Smyrna Beach, FL
LB #46 Anthony Harris FSU 6-2 220 R-Jr. Greenville, NC
DB #8 Jaleel Scroggins SU 6-1 180 So. Raleigh, NC
DB #7 Quantaye Battle VUU 6-2 210 R-Jr. Baltimore, MD
DB #26 Sterling Hammond* VUU 6-1 195 Jr. Caret, VA
DB #19 Elvin De La Rosa FSU 6-1 190 So. Winston-Salem, NC
PR #23 William Flowers* BSU 5-10 180 Jr. Baltimore, MD
P #19 Brandon Howard  JCSU  5-8 200 Jr. Columbia, SC

*2017 All-CIAA First Team Members



For the 2018 football season, three institutions will be taking the field with new leadership on the sideline. Virginia Union and Head Coach Alvin Parker will open their season at home versus Seton Hill on September 1, 2018, at 1 PM. Elizabeth City State and Head Coach Anthony Jones will start off their season at home, playing Central St. (Ohio) on September 1, 2018, at 1 PM. Finally, Head Coach Josh Dean of Lincoln (Pa.) will lead the Lions on their home turf versus Fayetteville State on September 1, 2018, at 7 PM.

The 2018 CIAA football season opens on Thursday, August 30, 2018, with the CIAA Football Championship scheduled for Saturday, November 10, 2018, 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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