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#2011 Mike Cawley
Position: Football

Cawley was a three-year starting quarterback from 1993-95 under head coaches Rip Scherer and Alex Wood.  After transferring from Syracuse, Cawley led the Dukes to two NCAA playoff appearances in 1994 and 1995 before being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1996.  He set JMU season passing records during each of his three seasons for the Dukes.

In 1993, Cawley led the Dukes to a 6-5 record.  He rushed for 108 yards and six touchdowns while also throwing for a then-record 1,998 yards and 14 touchdowns.  He racked up 2,096 yards of total offense and was responsible for 20 combined touchdowns.

After leading the Dukes to the NCAA quarterfinals in 1994, Cawley was voted Virginia State Player of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors. That year, he threw for 11 touchdowns and 2,035 yards, surpassing the record he set in the previous year. He also racked up 589 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. He finished the season with 2,624 yards of total offense and was responsible for 23 JMU touchdowns.

In 1995, Cawley led the Dukes to their second consecutive NCAA appearance.  He once again set the record for single-season passing yards with 2,459, a record that still stands today.  He threw for 17 touchdown passes while adding 70 rushing yards and another four touchdowns on the ground.  He finished the season responsible for 21 touchdowns and 2,529 yards of total offense.

Cawley's 6,482 passing yards and 42 touchdowns through the air both stood as JMU records at the time of his induction.  He added 767 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground. He ranked second on the JMU career charts with 7,249 yards of total offense and third with 64 combined offensive touchdowns. His 863 pass attempts stood as the JMU record while his 479 completions were second.  In the 1996 NFL Draft, Cawley was taken in the sixth round with the 205th overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts.  He was a practice-squad player with several NFL teams throughout his career.