SALEM, Va. – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the Football Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association announced the 2018 CIAA Football Predicted Order of Finish and the Preseason All-CIAA Team at the CIAA Football Media Day Luncheon held at the Sheraton Hotel in Roanoke, Va.
Shaw University football was projected to finish eighth overall and fourth in the Southern Division after a 3-7 campaign in 2017 under the leadership of Adrian Jones whom will enter his third season at helm this upcoming 2018 season.
In addition to the preseason team rankings, the Bears had two players selected to the Preseason All-CIAA Football Team in rising junior Devon Hunt (Rockingham, NC) and rising sophomore Jaleel Scroggins (Raleigh, NC).
Hunt, a 2x All-CIAA First Team linebacker led the Bears in tackles this season with 90 total tackles, including 59 solo. The former CIAA Defensive Rookie of the Year (2016) tallied two sacks, 8.5 tackle for loss and two pass breakups during his sophomore campaign. As for Scroggins, the 5-foot-10 linebacker had a stellar rookie season after tallying 70 total tackles – the Bears second leading tackler to go along with 13.5 tackle for loss, three pass breakups, two sacks and two interceptions during 2017 for the First-Team All-Conference recognition and an All-Rookie Team selection.
Shaw will begin its 2018 season with a road contest at Hampton University on Sept. 1 with a kickoff slated for 6 p.m. A complete schedule can be found on www.shawbears.com. Season tickets are still available, click here for purchasing.
For a complete list of the 2018 CIAA Football Predicted Order of Finish, please see below:
2018 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
- Bowie State
- Virginia State
- Virginia Union
- Elizabeth City State
- Lincoln (PA)
- Fayetteville State
- Winston-Salem State
- Saint Augustine's
- Johnson C. Smith
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw football and its 13 varsity sport teams, visit www.shawbears.com.