ECSU Football Predicted to Finish Seventh

July 19, 2017

ROANOKE, Va. -- The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in conjunction with the CIAA Football Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association announced the 2017 Preseason All-CIAA Team and Predicted Order of Finish on Wednesday afternoon during its preseason luncheon.

The Elizabeth City State University Vikings are predicted to finish seventh in the league overall and fifth in the CIAA Northern division. Winston-Salem State University was predicted to finish first after claiming the 2016 CIAA Champion-ship, ahead of Bowie State University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, Fayetteville State University, and Chowan University, respectively.

After a 0-2 start the Elizabeth City State Vikings rebounded to win five of their last eight games and finish the season 5-5 under first-year head coach Earnest Wilson. Among those wins were a Down East Viking Football Classic Championship over Morehouse College (35-30) and victories over long-time Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northern Division foes Chowan University (40-21) and Virginia Union (24-21).

2017 CIAA Football Preseason Honors

Predicted Order of Finish

1. Winston-Salem State 2. Bowie State 3. Virginia State 4. Virginia Union 5. Fayetteville State 6. Chowan 7. Elizabeth City State 8. Saint Augustine's 9. Shaw 10. Johnson C. Smith 11. Livingstone 12. Lincoln (PA)

Northern Division 1. Bowie State 2. Virginia State 3. Virginia Union 4. Chowan 5. Elizabeth City State 6. Lincoln (PA)

Southern Division 1. Winston-Salem State 2. Fayetteville State 3. Saint Augustine's 4. Shaw 5. Johnson C. Smith 6. Livingstone

Tight End • Aaron Linen, SAU

Offensive Linemen • Victor Tamba, BSU* • Daris Johnson, BSU* • Donald Boone, CU • Tim Samuels, WSSU • Josh Wormley, WSSU

Wide Receivers • Lavatiae Kelly, VUU* • Sam Boyd, SAU

Quarterback • Amir Hall, BSU

Running Backs • Trenton Cannon, VSU* • Robert Chesson, BSU

Place Kicker • David Lamb, FSU

Kick Returner • Lavatiae Kelly, VUU*

Defensive Linemen • Jarrell Bright, WSSU* • Chasz Cosby, SAU • Armond Cox, LC • Darius Darden, FSU • Nate Wyche, CU

Linebacker • Brandon Lynch, VSU* • Devon Hunt, SU • Jayron Rankin, WSSU

Defensive Backs • Carlo Thomas, JCSU* • Rahman Kamara, BSU • Basir Wright, JCSU • Sterling Hammond, VUU

Punter • Matthew Trau, FSU

Punt Returner • Lavatiae Kelly, VUU*

*2016 All-CIAA First Team Selection

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