CAA Football will chronicle all 10 of its programs each weekday leading up to the 2010 season kickoff Thursday, Sept. 2. Using the league's preseason poll as a guide we will work our way up to the league favorite. Check back each day for information on your favorite team.
Today's squad: The Richmond Spiders
For the Richmond Spiders in 2010, it’s all about home.
Opening this season is their new home – the $25-million Robins Stadium – bringing Richmond Football back home to campus for the first time in eight decades. At the helm is first-year head Latrell Scott, a homegrown product back home with the Spiders after previously serving as an assistant. Two homespun talents -- seniors WR Kevin Grayson and LB Eric McBride -- lead Richmond in defense of its 2009 CAA Football title.
Scott, 35, took the helm in December after spending each of the last two seasons as wide receivers coach at Tennessee, then Virginia. He was on Richmond’s staff under previous head coach Dave Clawson prior to that as receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, helping build the nucleus of a powerhouse that claimed the 2008 National Championship, has the third-most wins of any FCS school over the last five years and has won two of the last three CAA Football titles.
Grayson and McBride, two of Scott’s most high-profile recruits, are two of the league-leading seven Spiders that earned Preseason All-CAA Football honors. Joining them are OL Drew Lachenmayer, WR Tre Gray, FB Kendall Gaskins, DL Martin Parker and CB Justin Rogers.
While Richmond was synonymous for potent offenses under Clawson and Scott, the defense may be the Spiders’ calling card in 2010. Of the 20 players named to the preseason “watch list” for the Buck Buchanan Award, three are Spiders – Parker, Rogers and McBride.
But don’t look past the other side of the ball. A quarterback competition brewed during spring ball between strong-armed sophomore John Laub and junior Aaron Corp, who transferred from Southern Cal in January. With either under center, Richmond boasts arguably the league’s most dynamic receivers in Grayson, Gray and another hometown standout Donte Boston.
While all eyes may be focused on the inaugural Robins Stadium game versus Elon or the intriguing season-opener at Virginia, an always-grueling CAA Football slate awaits the Spiders.
Scott is home. Robins Stadium is home. And the Spiders have their sights set on a place they’ve called home each of the last three years, four of the last five and eight times overall – the NCAA Playoffs.
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10T/10D TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Spider head coach Latrell Scott served on the Richmond staff as an assistant from 2005-07. What was Richmond's combined league record during Scott's previous stint at Richmond?