10 CAA players garner HERO All-America football status

The CAA had 10 players from six different schools recognized on the HERO Sports FCS Preseason All-America team including William and Mary senior running back Kendell Anderson and junior placekicker Nick Dorka.

Receiving recognition on the first team were Villanova senior defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon, Richmond senior defensive back David Jones and James Madison senior defensive back Taylor Reynolds.

Seven players were selected to the preseason All-America second team along with Anderson and Dorka: Richmond junior quarterback Kyle Lauletta, Towson senior running back Darius Victor, Richmond senior wide receiver Brian Brown, James Madison junior defensive lineman Andrew Ankrah, New Hampshire senior defensive back Casey DeAndrade.

The CAA also had five offensive players named to the College Football Performance Awards FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy Watch List. Chosen to the 40-player list were James Madison junior running back Cardon Johnson, New Hampshire senior running back Dalton Crossan, Richmond's Lauletta, Towson's Victor and Anderson.

Senior Bowl

William and Mary senior offensive lineman Jerry Ugokwe was selected to the 2017 Senior Bowl Watch List.

Entering his fourth year as a starter, Ugokwe emerged as one of the Colonial Athletic Associations top offensive linemen in 2015 and garnered third-team all-conference distinction after starting all 13 games at right tackle.

A 2016 preseason all-conference selection, Ugokwe possesses NFL size (6-8, 305).

Considered the nation's premier college all-star game, the Senior Bowl will feature 110 roster spots and be held on Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala.

Ugokwe is seeking to become the ninth Tribe player to compete in the prestigious bowl game. W&M's two most recent participants, DeAndre Houston-Carson (2016) and B.W. Webb (2013), were both selected in the NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys, respectively.

Tennis

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame class of 2016. Alycia Moulton, Gretchen Rush, Jane Goodman and Virginia Brown are set to be honored Nov. 12 at William and Mary's McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center.

Moulton earned NCAA titles in doubles (1979, 1980) and singles (1982) and helped guide Stanford to the team crown in 1982. She reached No. 18 in the world in 1984.

Rush, from Trinity in San Antonio, Texas, was an NCAA doubles champion in 1983 and two-time NCAA singles and doubles runner-up in 1985 and 1986. She is the coach at Trinity, which was Division I when she played but is Division III now.

Goodman has long been considered the U.S. authority on collegiate tennis rules and interpretations, having served as the ITA Rules Committee liaison for many years.

Brown, based in Texas, won 14 National junior-college team championships (eight women's and six men's) from 1967 to 1980. From 1999-2003, Brown served as women's head coach at Texas Tech.

Field hockey

Junior Booter Ellis (Delmar, Del.) was one of three Tribe players named to the CAA's preseason team.

Ellis returns after leading the Tribe's defensive in 2015, starting all 19 matches, and earning second-team All-CAA honors. Also earning honorable-mention pre-season accolades were junior teammates Erin Menges (Richmond, Va.) and Cammie Lloyd (Midlothian, Va.).

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