Hawks picked fifth overall in pre-season rankings

Published 5:17 pm Tuesday, July 26, 2022

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SALEM, VA. – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) unveils the 2022 All-CIAA Preseason Football Team, as voted on by the CIAA Football Coaches Association and the Sports Information Directors Association, and the predicted order of finish as selected by the head football coaches.

The preseason team and predicted order were both announced during the CIAA’s annual football media day held July 20.

For the fourth consecutive season, Bowie State and Fayetteville State were picked by league coaches to repeat as Northern Division and Southern Division champions, respectively. The 2022 CIAA Football Championship Game is slated for Nov. 12 in Salem, VA (Salem Stadium).

Chowan, coming off their best season during the NCAA era, finished the 2021 season with a 7-3 record and a 4-3 clip in the CIAA Northern Division was selected to finish fifth overall and third in the Northern Division.

The Hawks collected five All-CIAA Preseason selections with CIAA Defensive Rookie of the Year Isaac Anderson leading the way. Joining Anderson on the list were David Keck, All-CIAA First Team Offensive Lineman and Laurence King, All-CIAA Second Team Receiver. Adding to the selections were Jeremiah Smith (Tight End) and Simeon Burns (Defensive Back).

Bowie State’s 132 points and six first-place votes edged out Fayetteville State’s 132 points and three first-place markers. Virginia Union picked up two first-place predictions and Lincoln (PA) received a first-place vote, as well.

Chowan opens the season under the lights of Garrison Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1 against Barton.


2022 Preseason


Football Team


Tight End

Jeremiah Smith, Chowan


Offensive Linemen

Tyreese Bobbitt, Shaw*

Quinton Bobo, Bowie State*

David Keck, Chowan*

Mark Murphy, Bowie State+

Antavious Zachery, Shaw+


Wide Receivers

Laurence King, Chowan+

Reggie Bryant, Johnson C. Smith+



K’hari Lane, Fayetteville State+


Running Backs

Jada Byers, Virginia Union+!

Sidney Gibbs, Shaw*


Kick Returner

Zion Riddick, Elizabeth City State+


Place Kicker

Elton Andrew, Fayetteville State*


Defensive Linemen

Isaac Anderson, Chowan$

Joshua Pryor, Bowie State+

Devin Cowan, Fayetteville State

Armonii Burden, Virginia Union



Ta’Shaun Taylor, Winston-Salem State*

Zion Johnson, Virginia State+

Juanya’ Majette, Elizabeth City State+


Defensive Backs

Brandon Barnes-Brown, Fayetteville State*

Rontay Dunbar, Lincoln (PA)+

Elijah Banks, Winston-Salem State+

Simeon Burns, Chowan


Punt Returner

Darious Bowman, Bowie State+



Achille Laudet, Lincoln (PA)*#


* – Returning 2021 All-CIAA First Team selection

+ – Returning 2021 All-CIAA Second Team selection

# – Returning 2021 CIAA Special Teams Player of the Year

! – Returning 2021 CIAA Offensive Rookie of the Year

$ – Returning 2021 CIAA Defensive Rookie of the Year



2022 CIAA Preseason

Football Predicted

Order of Finish


  1. Bowie State


  1. Fayetteville State


  1. Virginia Union


  1. Shaw


  1. Chowan


  1. Virginia State


  1. Winston-Salem State


  1. Elizabeth City State


  1. Johnson C. Smith


  1. Lincoln (PA)


t-11. Livingstone


t-11. St. Augustine’s


North Division


  1. Bowie State


  1. Virginia Union


  1. Chowan


  1. Virginia State


  1. Elizabeth City State


  1. Lincoln (PA)


South Division


  1. Fayetteville State


  1. Shaw


  1. Winston-Salem State


  1. Johnson C. Smith


t-5. Livingstone


t-5. Saint Augustine’s