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CAA Football Enters 2010 with a Wealth of Honors

Aug 24, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

The College Sporting News (CSN) released its Preseason All-Americans late last night, signalling the 2010 season is right around the corner.  CAA Football comes into this season with loads of preseason accolades, and the talent behind those accolades gives indication the league could be in for more success come the postseason.

Throughout the summer months and into the preseason camp schedules numerous publications announced Top 25 polls and ratings.  CAA Football had a top-rated squad in seven of the eight preseason rankings.  Villanova is the consensus No. 1 heading into its season-opener next Friday against Temple when looking at The Sports Network/ Top 25 and the FCS Coaches Poll.  The Wildcats also garnered the top-spot in four other preseason polls and rankings.  William and Mary also earned a preseason No. 1 ranking in Phil Steele’s College Football Preview, while the Tribe was among the Top-10 in six other preseason publications.  The league showed on average six squads among the preseason Top 25, while Athlon Sports’ preview had seven CAA Football teams among its Top 25.

Villanova’s Ben Ijalana

Individually the league also garnered numerous All-America honors.  CAA Football returns eight All-Americans from the 2009 season, all of which earned preseason recognition heading into the 2010 campaign.  Headlining this season’s Preseason All-Americans were Villanova’s Ben Ijalana (OL) and Matt Szczur (WR/RS) along with Richmond’s Martin Parker (DL).  All three earned First Team recognition from six different publications during this offseason.

Take a look at the combined list of preseason rankings and individual honors for CAA Football by clicking here.