JMU is predicted to finish eighth (out of 12 teams) in 2014 (though the Dukes did receive one first-place vote, somehow). New Hampshire, with 15 of the 24 possible first-place votes, is the preseason favorite in the CAA, followed by Villanova and Richmond. Towson, which lost in the FCS title game last season, is slotted in fifth place, behind William & Mary.
The voting is done by the conference’s head coaches and communications personnel.
JMU landed one player on the Preseason All-Conference Team, Dean Marlowe, a safety entering his senior season.
Villanova’s QB John Robertson was selected as the CAA’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while W&M’s Mike Reilly earned the same honor on the defensive side.
A complete list of the All-Conference Team and predicted order of finish is here (PDF).