At the end of this year’s Spring Game, Jimmye Laycock and the W&M football staff announced 4 captains: DeAndre Houston-Carson, Andrew Jones, Luke Rhodes, and Mikal Abdul-Saboor. As of today, three out of the four have garnered pre-season All-America honors.
According to CAASports.com, an impressive 14 CAA players were named to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team, comprising of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd team honors. Checking in for the Tribe, linebacker Luke Rhodes received 1st team preseason honors, defensive back DeAndre Houston-Carson received 2nd team, and center Andrew Jones was awarded 3rd team. Most impressively, W&M is the MOST represented CAA team on the list, with three players! Seeing as this is shaping up to be a very strong year for the CAA, this is an incredible feat. CONGRATS to Rhodes, Houston-Carson, and Jones!
As mentioned, 14 CAA players were selected in this preseason list, which was good enough for 3rd most of any FCS conference in the entire country. But who are these 14 players, and which CAA school has the most (after W&M, of course) representation? Naturally, any preseason list has its flaws and will not be able to wholly predict the outcome of the season, but it still offers fans a glimpse of what to expect this coming year.
Below are the CAA schools with the most players garnering STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team honors.
STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team: Top CAA Schools
William & Mary (3 players): LB Luke Rhodes (1st team), DB DeAndre Houston Carson (2nd team), OL Andrew Jones (3rd team)
Maine: OL Bruce Johnson (2nd), LB Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga (2nd), DL Trevor Bates (3rd)
Villanova (2 players): QB John Robertson (1st), LB Don Cherry (1st)
New Hampshire: DB Casey DeAndrade (1st), LB Akil Anderson (3rd)
James Madison (1 player): QB Vad Lee (2nd)
Richmond: FB Seth Fisher (1st)
Towson: RB Darius Victor (2nd)
Stony Brook: DL Victor Ochi (2nd)
Regarding the rest of the CAA, Delaware, Albany, Elon, and Rhode Island did not have any players make the list. Unsurprisingly, longtime CAA power Maine ties W&M with three players. Villanova also had a very strong showing, with their QB bringing home 1st team All-America honors along with their top linebacker. Another notable QB on the list is JMU’s Vad Lee, who transferred from Georgia Tech a season ago.
Overall, this is great news for the Tribe, as the team sits tied at the top. Even better is the fact that all three W&M players selected are each senior captains–meaning that these players not only display exceptional ability on the field, but are also the leaders of the team on and off the field. Only time will tell how this season will unfold, but if you’re a Tribe fan, this is a great start. Individual accolades will only bring the team so far. It’s time to put it all together this year and return to the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2011. LET’S GO TRIBE!!!