WINSTON-SALEM STATE: The Rams have a new coach in Kienus Boulware, but return all-CIAA quarterback Rudy Johnson (177-of-280, 2,401 yards, 25 TDs).
VIRGINIA STATE: Second-year coach Latrell Scott won the North Division last season with defense and powerful rushing attack. The Trojans are primed for another run.
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FAYETTEVILLE STATE: The Broncos should contend with Winston-Salem State in the South.
Five to watch
Jovontay Williams, Johnson C. Smith, DE, Sr. (6-3, 250): Division II All-America in 2013 is the league’s best pass-rusher with 12.5 sacks last season.
Kenneth White, Livingstone, LB, Sr. (6-0, 223): All-CIAA pick has a nose for the ball, as his 100 tackles, five sacks and three fumbles recovered in 2013 attest.
Marquise Grizzle, Shaw, RB, Jr. (5-7, 165): Small and elusive tailback led the league in rushing (1,276 yards) and all-purpose yards (1,548).
Khari Lee, TE, Bowie State, Sr. (6-4, 235): Dependable target who caught 34 passes for 352 yards and a score last year. Also an effective blocker.
Akeem Jordan, WR, Lincoln (Pa.), Sr, (6-2, 205): Broke school single-season records for receiving yards (913), touchdowns (12) and total points (72).
Game you shouldn’t miss
Winston-Salem State at Fayetteville State, Nov. 8: South Division title will likely be on the line in the regular-season finale between the league’s best squads.