Bowie State, Fayetteville State predicted to meet for CIAA title

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The CIAA has a new top target as Bowie State is picked to win it all in 2018.

Bowie State football has been the bridesmaid of the CIAA the last few seasons, but now they are the favorite.

The CIAA released its 2018 predicted finish ahead of its media day and BSU edged out Northern Division rival and defending conference champ Virginia State for the title of lead dog. BSU finished 9-2 last year, falling short of the CIAA Championship Game but earning a bid to the Division II playoffs and hosting a game.

Fayetteville State, the defending CIAA Southern Division champ, was picked to finish third in the conference and win repeat as division champs. Winston-Salem State, meanwhile, was picked to finish fourth in the conference and second in the division. That marks the first time since 2010 that WSSU was not the favorite to win the CIAA or even the Southern Division.

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2018 CIAA 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
6. Lincoln

Southern Division

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

Leading the way on the preseason all-conference team was Bowie State quarterback Amir Hall. The HBCU Gameday/Protect Your Skull Offensive Player of the Year and Deacon Jones Trophy winner last season, Hall enters the season with a chance to cement himself as the conference’s top passer of all-time with marks for completions, yardage and touchdowns within his reach.



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 Symra 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
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