Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Teams in CAA Football say you can take the high-flying passing attacks across the FCS and college football in general.
The CAA teams will be wise to put the ball in the hands of Andrew Pierce, Kevin Monangai, Marcus Coker, and, yes, the first two Jerry Rice Award winners.
The top eight rushers in the CAA last season are back to keep the conference grounded.
Towson's West (104.6 yards per game) and Villanova's Monangai (100.8) and Robertson (85.1) all surpassed 1,000 yards, and this season Stony Brook's Coker, Delaware's Pierce, Maine's Rickey Stevens, and James Madison's Dae'Quan Scott could join them. New Hampshire's Nico Steriti racked up 921 rushing yards last season, but has to wrestle the ball away from some other talented runners in the Wildcats' backfield.
No CAA team ran the ball better than Villanova last season, and the Wildcats are the preseason favorite in the conference. They averaged 252.8 rushing yards per game.
Villanova, New Hampshire and Old Dominion made the FCS playoffs last season, but ODU has left the conference to transition into Conference USA on the FBS level.
Georgia State also has departed the CAA, but the conference has added Stony Brook, which won at least a share of the last four Big South Conference titles, and Albany, which shared each of the last two Northeast Conference titles.
Ironically, Stony Brook outrushed all the CAA teams last season.
Passing? What passing?
Following is a team-by-team breakdown of the 2013 CAA Football race.
The Sports Network's predicted order of finish:
5. Stony Brook
6. New Hampshire
7. James Madison
9. William & Mary
11. Rhode Island