BALTIMORE – The preseason picks and projections are out for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), and the Bowie State University football program is ready to make plenty of noise.
Bowie State is picked to finish second in the conference. However, the Bulldogs are selected to be first in the Northern Division, ahead of Virginia State and Virginia Union, according to information the conference released last week.
Bowie State won the Northern Division last year and has brought back 17 starters from that team along with 47 lettermen overall. The Bulldogs were 7-4 last year (6-1 CIAA) and lost in the conference title game for a second straight year, falling to Winston-Salem State by the score of 43-33.
Winston-Salem State is picked to finish first in the Southern Division and first overall in the conference. It is the seventh consecutive year Winston-Salem State was picked to finish first. Virginia State is picked to finish third.
Bowie State also has five players on the preseason all-conference team, which has 27 players represented on it overall. Seniors Victor Tamba (offensive line), Daris Johnson (offensive line) and Rahman Kamara (defensive back), along with juniors Amir Hall (quarterback) and Robert Chesson (running back), were selected for the team.
Hall set a conference record for most passing yards in a season (3,437) last year, which he capped off with a 348-yard effort in the championship game loss.
The order of finish and the preseason team were picked at the recent Media Day by the CIAA Football Coaches Association and the conference’s sports information directors.
The Bowie State season begins on Sept. 2 with a road game at Seton Hill University (Greensburg, Pa.) at 3 p.m. Seton Hill plays in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and went 5-6 last year.
In other Bowie State news, Athletic Director Clyde Doughty, Jr. was recently selected to be part of the first six-member class of the East Coast Conference (ECC) Hall of Fame, according to Bowie State.
Doughty, before coming to Bowie State, served as the athletic director at the New York Institute of Technology for 26 years before leaving in 2014. He also had been the assistant athletic director for four years and was a student-athlete going back to the mid-70s.
Overall, there were six people picked for the honor and they were recognized during the ECC’s annual awards banquet a few weeks ago in Bridgeport, R.I.