July 25, 2012
The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) held its annual football media day on Wednesday, July 25, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. Villanova was picked to finish eighth in the leagues preseason poll, while senior center Dan Shirey and junior defensive lineman Antoine Lewis were named to the preseason All-Conference team.
Shirey, who will serve as a tri-captain for the 2012 team, is one of the top offensive lineman in the conference. As a junior last year, he earned first team All-CAA honors. During his sophomore campaign in 2010, he was a third team All-League honoree. He also garnered a spot on the 2011 CAA All-Academic team.
Lewis will be in his third season as a starter in 2012. As a sophomore in 2011, he tallied 44 total tackles (24 solo), four tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and a sack. Lewis earned third team All-CAA honors as a freshman in 2010.
Villanova returns 20 starters and 32 letterwinners from last year's team that went 2-9 overall and 1-7 in CAA play. The Wildcats open up the 2012 season on Friday, August 31, against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
2012 CAA FOOTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. Towson (12)
2. ODU (7)
3. JMU (1)
4. New Hampshire (2)
7. William & Mary
10. Rhode Island
11. Georgia State