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2011 CAA Football Weekly Roundup – 1.21

Jan 21, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

Time for some CAA Football weekly rounds on league news.  We are only about a week and a half away from Signing Day (Feb. 2).  Towson has announced a fan gathering as head coach Rob Ambrose introduces the Tigers’ class and shows some highlight videos of the incoming class.

Both Old Dominion and Richmond have welcomed some midyear transfers to their folds.  The Monarchs added quarterback Nathan Ong from Palomar Junior College.  The Spiders welcomed Mylon Blueford, a Chesapeak, Va., native who enrolled in school early out of high school.

Check on CAASports.com and the blog for a complete signing list of all 11 of our schools Feb. 2.  You can also follow along on each of schools’ sites (look down the righthand margin for direct links) as some plan to have up-to-the-minute releases on signees.

The Virginia Sports Information Directors Association announced its 2010 All-State squad earlier this week by way of a full release and list of First and Second Team honorees.  All four CAA Football programs based in Virginia were represented on the teams.  Click each school name to see its respective release — James Madison, Old Dominion, Richmond and William and Mary.

Massachusetts’ Tyler Holmes

The ECAC released its 2010 All-Star honorees late last week.  Headlining the awards list were three of the league’s postseason All-CAA Football individual winners.  Delaware’s Pat Devlin earned the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year honor.  Massachusetts’ Tyler Holmes was the Defensive Player of the Year and Delaware’s Andrew Pierce was honored as the Rookie of the Year.

Richmond’s Justin Rogers

This weekend will mark the first of three NFL prospect showcase games, when the East-West Shrine Game kicks off at 4 p.m. (ET) on the NFL Network from Orlando, Fla.  CAA Football will be represented by Delaware’s Pat Devlin and Richmond’s Martin Parker and Justin RogersAll three will be part of the East Roster.  Earlier this week Devlin was part of feature on NFL.com, about is it right for him to be compared to former Blue Hen and current Baltimore Raven Joe Flacco.  Parker and Rogers have also earned a bit of publicity leading up to Saturday’s game, each coming Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 on CBSSports.com.

Delaware’s Pat Devlin

Villanova’s Matt Szczur

Earlier this week one of CAA Football’s NFL prospects decided to forego his future in football and signed with the Chicago Cubs to play baseball professionally.  Villanova’s Matt Szczur held a press conference from Villanova to announce his decision….watch that below.

Speaking of the NFL, a host of CAA Football alums will be in action in this weekend’s conference championship games.  UMass posted the video below to its YouTube channel featuring James Ihedigbo talking about the Jets’ win over New England last weekend.

Villanova’s Ben Ijalana

Last bit of news, you probably already saw it earlier Friday — the final All-America team was released Thursday evening.  CAA Football earned 16 honors from The College Sporting News as part of its Sweet 63 All-American Team.  Villanova’s Ben Ijalana was named the publication’s Offensive Player of the Year and Lineman of the Year, while Delaware’s Andrew Pierce earned Rookie of the Year honors.  Ijalana and Richmond’s Martin Parker, both of whom were on the All-America team, earned consensus First Team All-America status following the release.

Richmond’s Martin Parker

CAA Football may be in the offseason, but we’re still bringing you the news and information.  Be sure to let us know if we missed something…use the comment links below.