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#17 Griff Yancey
Position: Tailback
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 205
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Glen Allen, Va.
High School: Hermitage
Experience: 3 Letters
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At JMU: Fifth-year Duke who is expected to again assume a leading role as a running back after splitting time between offense and defense last season… versatile player who has proven himself as a ball carrier, who can work as a slot receiver and whose focus and leadership will be keys to the team’s offense, said running backs coach Ulrick Edmonds… enters 2010 play with career totals of 1,332 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns… starts the year No. 18 on JMU’s career rushing yards list and tied for 19th on the program’s career scoring list (134 points)... Will serve as one of the team's captains for the 2010 season.

2009:  Began the season as a starter at free safety after moving to defense late during the spring practice period… used on offense during the second half of the season… finished the year with nine tackles and an interception on defense and 149 yards on 46 rushing attempts and three receptions for 26 yards on offense… had four tackles, including three unassisted, at Maryland and three at Liberty… all but sealed JMU’s 24-10 win at Liberty with a 34-yard interception return to the Flames’ 13 with 2:04 to play, setting up the Dukes’ final touchdown… ran 16 times for 74 yards vs. Richmond and 10 times for 33 yards at Delaware… ran 14 times for 26 yards and caught two passes for 27 yards at William & Mary.

2008:  Third-team All-CAA as a halfback/fullback… third on the team in rushing yards with 518… ran for 10 touchdowns and was second on the team with 19 receptions, including three for touchdowns… averaged 5.6 yards per rush and 16.1 yards per reception… was 10th in the CAA in points per game (5.7)… ran for season-highs of 19 times for 88 yards and three touchdowns vs. Massachusetts (1 yard twice, 2 yards)… his one-yard scoring run with 1:56 to play gave JMU its final 52-38 margin… ran for 60 yards and three scores (4, 2, 13 yards) and caught a season-high four passes at Towson… ran for 71 yards and two scores (12, 10 yards) vs. North Carolina Central and for 58 yards and two scores (12, 30 yards) at Maine… scored twice at Maine after the hosts pulled into a 10-10 tie… gave JMU its first lead with a 35-yard touchdown reception vs. Appalachian State… had a 49-yard touchdown reception vs. Hofstra and a 23-yard scoring grab at Villanova… completed a 17-yard pass vs. Villanova in the NCAA playoffs… returned four kickoffs for 76 yards, all during JMU’s final four games.

2007:  In 11 games led JMU’s running backs and was No. 2 on the team in rushing… ran 105 times for 665 yards (6.3 average) and caught nine passes for 79 yards after sitting out 2006 as a freshman redshirt… ran for eight touchdowns and had a touchdown catch… ninth in the CAA in rushing, first among non-juniors and seniors… ran for 475 yards during JMU’s last four games… ran 17 times for a season-high 171 yards, had touchdown runs of 86 and five yards, and returned seven kickoffs for 152 yards at Delaware… the 86-yard touchdown run matched JMU’s third-longest run from scrimmage and was its longest since 1990… the 152 kickoff return yards rank No. 8 in team game history, and his 323 all-purpose yards for the game are JMU’s No. 2 figure… ran for 132 yards with season highs of 25 carries and three rushing touchdowns at William & Mary… had JMU’s first three touchdowns (1, 1, 10) and caught four passes for 45 yards… ran 15 times for 99 yards, including a 33-yard carry, vs. Towson… ran 11 times for 95 yards and had a 56-yard carry at Rhode Island… ran 17 times for 73 yards and had a five-yard touchdown run and a 10-yard touchdown catch at Appalachian State… had a 36-yard touchdown run among three carries for 45 yards at Northeastern.

High School: First-Team All-State wide receiver as a senior and second team as a junior at Hermitage… three-time First-Team All-District and twice was First-Team All-Region and All-Metro… First-Team All-District kick returner as a senior… on a district title team as a freshman and a district winner and regional runner-up as a junior.

Personal: Kinesiology major with a sports management concentration.