CIAA Announces 2008 Football Honors

By CIAA Media Relations
Updated: November 5, 2008

HAMPTON, Va. — The CIAA is proud to announce this season’s finest; the All-CIAA Football Team and Player of the Year.

This year’s All-Conference Team is led by Offensive Player of the Year, Curtis Rich of Elizabeth City State University. Curtis enters this year’s championship game with a 7-0,7-3 record and an Eastern Divisional Championship squad that will return to its second CIAA Championship in three years.

Rich ranks among the best in the conference in total offense 1,979 yds and passing average of 186.1 yds/g. Rich is 115-221 on completions and is credited with 17 TDs thus far.

The Defensive Player of the Year is Louis Ellis represents the Shaw University Bears. Ellis ranks as the CIAA’s top in tackles for loss, 16 solo-8 ast. Ellis comes in second in the conference for sacks with 8 (.80avg/g).

A member of the 2008 Preseason All-America Team, Louis is also credited with 60 total tackles.

Fayetteville State University’s Richard Medlin is Special Teams Player of the Year. Medlin leads the conference in scoring 78pts, scoring TDs, 13 (7.8avg/g) and ranks fourth in the conference in rushing 688 yds (68.8avg/p).

The players of the year and all conference teams will be formally recognized at the CIAA Football Championship Luncheon on Fridayat the Durham Marriott at the Civic Center. This event begins at 12 noon.


Virginia State’s Taron Hampton and Livingstone College’s Robert Massey-Brice lead a talented class of freshmen that comprise the 2008 CIAA Football All-Rookie Offensive and Defensive teams as voted by the CIAA Sports Information Directors’ Association.

The Trojans’ Taron Hampton has recorded one of the more memorable rookie seasons in recent memory with his performance this season. A native of Powhatan, Virginia, Hampton was more than impressive as the only running back to rush for over 1,000 yards this year.

He leads the CIAA in rushing with 1,120 yards which set a single season rushing record at Virginia State. He also ranks eighth in the CIAA in total offense and is 12th in NCAA Division II in rushing.

Robert Massey-Brice was equally impressive on the defensive side of the ball at the linebacker position for the Livingstone Blue Bears. He leads the conference in forced fumbles and is tied at first in fumble recoveries.

The Charlotte native is tied for third in the CIAA in tackles, which tops all freshmen defenders in 2008. Against Shaw University on October 25th he registered 18 tackles, forced a fumble and had an interception for which he was named CIAA Linebacker of the Week.


Classics Sports Radio Network will broadcast the CIAA Championship Game between Shaw and Elizabeth City State live from Durham, North Carolina on Saturday.

The broadcast will begin with the pre-game show at 12:30 p.m. ET.

As of this release, radio stations scheduled to carry the game include WAUG-AM 750 in Raleigh, NC servicing Raleigh-Durham, NC, WCPS-AM 760 servicing Rocky Mount, Tarboro and Wilson, NC, WELS-AM 1010 servicing Kinston and Goldsboro, NC, WBTE-AM 990 servicing Williamston and Windsor, NC, and WXKL-AM 1290 servicing Sanford, NC. Listeners in Greenville, NC can listen to the game on WCPS-AM 760, WELS-AM 1010, or WBTE-AM 990.

Other stations will be added prior to the game. The game can also be heard online at