Charlotte, NC — The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), with its Football Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association, releases the 2017 All-CIAA First, Second, and Honorable Mention Football Teams.

Trenton Cannon (Virginia State University), Sterling Hammond (Virginia Union University), and Gene Carson (Bowie State University) highlight the teams as the conference’s most outstanding players.


Virginia State University’s senior running back, Trenton Cannon, has earned Offensive Player of the Year. Cannon leads the CIAA in overall rushing yards this season (1,387) and rushing yards per game (154.1). He also produced 14 touchdowns on the season. Out of the ten-week regular season, the Hampton, VA native earned 5 Offensive Back of the Week honors. Cannon and the Trojans have secured the Northern Division Title and will compete in the 2017 CIAA Football Championship.

CIAA Defensive Player of the Year has been awarded to Sterling Hammond, senior defensive back at Virginia Union University. Hammond finished the season ranked first in the conference with 5 interceptions. He tallied 70 total tackles, including 46 solo tackles. The Caret, Virginia native earned CIAA Defensive Back of the Week on two occasions this season.

Gene Carson, Bowie State University; s sophomore kicker, has been named Special Teams Player of the Year. Carson scored 102 points for the Bulldogs this season, completing 10-13 (77%) field goals and 72-77 (94%) extra point attempts.

On Saturday, November 11 the Broncos of Fayetteville State University will take on the Trojans of Virginia State University for the 2017 CIAA Football Championship title. The contest will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET at Salem Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The game will broadcast live via the Aspire TV Network.

Offensive Player of the Year

#25 Trenton Cannon Virginia State 5-11 175 Sr. Hampton, VA

Defensive Player of the Year

#5 Sterling Hammond Virginia Union 6-1 210 So. Caret, VA

Special Teams Player of the Year

#47 Gene Carson Bowie State 6-2 185 So. Accokeek, MD

All-CIAA First Team

Offense
Tight End

#17 Drew Buck Chowan 6-4 235 Sr. Greenville, NC

Offensive Linemen

#65 Tyreek Bailey Fayetteville State 6-2 305 Sr. Newport News, VA
#78 Victor Tamba Bowie State 6-5 335 r-Sr. District Heights, MD
#70 Frank Ball Virginia State 6-3 280 r-So. Hampton, VA
#77 Shamdu Nalls Virginia Union 6-4 330 Jr. Baltimore, MD
#70 Bryan Redmond Bowie State 6-2 312 r-Sr. Upper Marlboro, MD

Wide Receivers

#17 Brandon Britton Bowie State 5-7 170 r-Sr. Columbia, MD
#1 Sam Boyd St. Augustine’s 6-4 250 Sr. St. Petersburg, FL

Quarterback

#6 Amir Hall Bowie State 6-4 180 Jr. Bowie, MD

Running Backs

#25 Trenton Cannon Virginia State 5-11 175 Sr. Hampton, VA
#2 Robert Chesson Bowie State 5-10 179 r-Sr. Annapolis, MD

Kick Returner

#25 Trenton Cannon Virginia State 5-11 175 Sr. Hampton, VA

Place-kicker

#47 Gene Carson Bowie State 6-2 185 So. Accokeek, MD

Defense
Defensive Linemen

#34 Jarell Bright Winston-Salem State 6-2 235 Jr. Charlotte, NC
#11 Derrick Tate Bowie State 6-3 210 Jr. Baltimore, MD
#99 Sean Copeland Bowie State 6-0 310 Sr. Baltimore, MD
#41 Chasz Cosby St. Augustine’s 6-3 280 Sr. Charlotte, NC

Linebackers

#6 James Hickman St. Augustine’s 6-3 220 Sr. Antioch, CA
#34 Devon Hunt Shaw 6-1 220 So. Rockingham, NC
#17 Karl Calhoun Virginia Union 5-11 225 Sr. Sanford, FL

Defensive Backs

#8 Carlo Thomas Johnson C. Smith 6-2 185 Sr. East Orange, NJ
#5 Sterling Hammond Virginia Union 6-1 210 So. Caret, VA
#8 Jaleel Scroggins Shaw 5-10 180 FR. Raleigh, NC
#21 Rahman Kamara Bowie State 6-0 190 r-Sr. Bowie, MD

Punt Returner

#23 William Flowers Bowie State 5-10 180 So. Baltimore, MD

Punter

#38 Matthew Trau Fayetteville State 6-3 192 Sr. Montross, VA

All-CIAA Second Team

Offense
Tight End

#33 Carlton Campbell Virginia State 6-0 210 Sr. Vilseck, Germany

Offensive Linemen

#70 Greg Brooks Fayetteville State 6-3 315 FR. Walkertown, NC
#76 Diontae Jordan Bowie State 6-1 320 r-Sr. Bladensburg, MD
#61 Daris Johnson Bowie State 6-3 275 r-Sr. Waldorf, MD
#77 Donald Adams-Baggett Winston-Salem State 6-3 295 Sr. Cincinnati, OH
#78 Donald Boone Chowan 6-4  290 So. Hertford, NC

Wide Receivers

#18 Lansana Sesay Bowie State 6-4 175 Jr. Bowie, MD
#84 Torry Baker Chowan 6-0 180 Jr. Charlotte, NC

Quarterback

#3 Cordelral Cook Virginia State 6-0 205 r-So. Atlanta, GA

Running Backs

#28 Stevie Green Fayetteville State 6-1 190 So. Washington, NC
#26 Kerrion Moore Winston-Salem State 5-9 190 r-Jr. Gastonia, NC

Kick Returner

#32 Brandon Smith Fayetteville State 5-8 170 FR. Raeford, NC

Place-kicker

#39 David Lamb Fayetteville State 5-10 215 Jr. Charlotte, NC

Defense

Defensive Linemen

#99 Jalen Cousar Fayetteville State 6-1 320 Jr. Charlotte, NC
#56 Keith Alston Shaw 5-10 240 Jr. Eggharbor City, NJ
#94 Tyler Bembry Chowan 6-1 330 Jr. Disputana, VA
#94 Nate Wyche Chowan 6-1 235 r-Sr. Suffolk, VA

Linebackers

#14 Vincent Thomas Elizabeth City State 6-1 235 Jr. New Symra Beach, FL
#14 Brandon Lynch Virginia State 6-1 225 Sr. Norfolk, VA
#46 Anthony Harris Fayetteville State 6-2 220 r-So. Greenville, NC

Defensive Backs

#8 Johnny Littlejohn Bowie State 5-11 200 Sr. Silver Spring, MD
#7 Randy Allen Chowan 5-11 200 Sr. Newport News, VA
#24 Will Adams Virginia State 6-2 180 r-Fr. Richmond, VA
#16 Javelin Beugre Fayetteville State 5-10 215 So. Rockingham, NC

Punt Returner

#1 Canard Brown Winston-Salem State 6-0 205 Sr. Miami, FL

Punter

#38 Lawrence Forbes Bowie State 6-4 210 r-Sr. Bowie, MD

All-CIAA Honorable Mention

Offense

Tight End

#88 Marquise Watts Bowie State 6-4 235 FR. La Plata, MD

Offensive Linemen

#57 Zack Jenkins St. Augustine’s 6-7 310 Jr. Madison, GA
#64 Jalen Jones Virginia State 6-0 295 r-Sr. Amelia, VA
#67 Jeremiah Paige Virginia State 6-3 325 So. Richmond, VA
#70 Tim Samuels Winston-Salem State 6-3 270 Jr. Charlotte, NC
#76 Justus Sapp Shaw 6-3 200 Jr. Franklinton, NC

Wide Receivers

#4 Chazton McKenzie Virginia Union 6-0 180 Sr. Lauderhill, FL
#1 Zachary Parker Virginia State 5-9 190 Gr. Reston, VA

Quarterback

#3 Daquan Neal Elizabeth City State 6-3 200 Sr. Franklinton, NC

Running Backs

#21 Uriah Bethea Shaw 6-0 195 Jr. Upper Marlboro, MD
#3 Jeremiah Miller St. Augustine’s 5-9 180 Jr. Miami, FL

Kick Returner

#2 Desmond Dozier Johnson C. Smith 5-6 160 So. Longs, SC

Place-kicker

#88 Jefferson Souza Virginia Union 6-1 185 FR. Deerfield Beach, FL

Defense

Defensive Linemen

#51 Oluwaleke Ajenifuja Bowie State 6-3 207 r-So Beltsville, MD
#55 Keonte Connelly Virginia State 6-0 235 Sr. Baltimore, MD
#46 Armond Cox Livingstone 6-3 240 Jr. Teaneck, NJ
#18 Alexander Williams Virginia State 6-2 239 Sr. Brooklyn, NY

Linebackers

#10 Kyle Jackson Bowie State 6-1 217 r-Jr. Upper Marlboro, MD
#16 Malik Sexton Virginia State 6-1 215 Jr. Richmond, VA
#10 Michael Harris Virginia State 6-0 220 r-Sr. Pompano Beach, FL

Defensive Backs

#5 Shakym Peters Virginia State 6-0 180 Sr. Conyers, GA
#19 Daryus Skinner Winston-Salem State 5-11 175 So. Rockingham, NC
#17 Kevin Sherman Shaw 5-10 170 FR. Powder Springs, GA
#35 Deion Miller Lincoln (PA) 5-10 205 Jr. Sayreville, NJ

Punt Returner

#18 Gustavious Dames Virginia Union 5-9 175 So. Miami, FL

Punter

#50 Jake Ford St. Augustine’s 6-2 200 Jr. Victoria, Australia

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