FAYETTEVILLE STATE FOOTBALL PREDICTED TO PLACE 2ND IN THE CIAA SOUTHERN DIVISION

July 20, 2016

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Durham, NC - The Fayetteville State University football program has been predicted to finish second in the Southern Division and fifth in the overall conference during the 2016 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Football Media Day held Thursday, July 21st at the Durham Marriott Research Triangle Park. In addition to the team preseason rankings, senior defensive backs Eric Henderson II (Charlotte, NC and Travis Scales (Southern Pines, NC) have been selected to the 2016 Preseason All-CIAA Team.

Fayetteville State finished the 2015 season with a 4-6 overall record and posted a 4-3 mark in CIAA play. The Broncos look to contend for the conference title and be atop of the CIAA Southern Division. New leadership has arrived with former CIAA Champion defensive coordinator Richard Hayes, Jr. taking over as head coach.

The 2016 Preseason All-CIAA Team and predicted order of finish are voted on by the CIAA Football Coaches Association. Defending conference champion Winston-Salem State University (Southern) and Bowie State University (Northern) have each been picked to repeat atop their respective divisions.

The Rams have been predicted to repeat as championship contender. WSSU finished 6-5 last season with a 5-2 conference record. Bowie State has been selected to finish second overall after falling to Winston-Salem State in the 2015 CIAA Championship and then to Assumption College in the first round of NCAA DII playoffs.

Henderson and Scales represent the Broncos as Preseason All-CIAA selections; both from the secondary. Henderson earned All-CIAA First Team honors as the conclusion of the 2015 season. Last year, he finished third on the team in tackles with 54 (37 solo). Henderson played in all 10 games and produced three and half tackles for a loss, an interception, a fumble recovery, and two pass deflections.

Scales collects conference preseason honors entering his senior campaign. He led the Broncos with a team-high 62 tackles (38 solo) in 2015. He also notched 2.5 tackles for loss, an interception, six pass deflections, and a force fumble at the safety position.

The CIAA Football Coaches Associations' picks are as follows; in the CIAA North it is defending divisional champion Bowie State, followed by Virginia Union, Virginia State, Chowan, Elizabeth City State and Lincoln.

In the South, Winston-Salem State was picked to win their division and CIAA followed by Fayetteville State, Livingstone, Johnson C. Smith, Shaw and Saint Augustine's.

FSU will kick off the 2016 season at home on Saturday, September 3rd in a non-conference contest versus the Hawks of Chowan at 6:00 p.m. inside Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium.

 

 

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