First Home Conference Game: The James Madison football squad will play its first home Colonial Athletic Association game against defending CAA champion Towson today. This starts a stretch where the Dukes will be at home for three of the next four games.
The Coaches: James Madison Head Coach Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, '76) is in his 14th season at JMU and as a head coach overall with a 99-62 record.
Towson Head Coach Rob Ambrose (Towson, '93) is in his fifth year as head coach of the Tigers and overall with a 17-31 record.
History With Towson: This will be the 24th meeting in history between JMU and TU, with the Dukes holding a commanding 17-5-1 lead, including 10-1 at Bridgeforth Stadium. Madison has won the last seven meetings and 10 of the last 11. In the last meeting in 2010, the Dukes escaped Towson with a 17-13 win.
JMU leads 17-5-1
(Home 10-1, Away 7-4-1)
Date Location W/L Score
9/18/76 Home W 28-26
9/17/77 Away L 7-13
9/16/78 Home W 21-14
9/15/79 Away L 8-18
11/7/81 Home W 20- 7
11/20/82 Away W 42-24
11/19/83 Home L 3-10
11/17/84 Away W 24-14
11/23/85 Home W 13- 0
11/22/86 Away T 7- 7
10/31/87 Home W 21-19
10/29/88 Away L 6-34
10/14/89 Home W 41- 6
10/13/90 Away W 21-14
10/12/91 Home W 55-31
10/24/92 Away L 21-28
11/20/04 Away W 31-17
11/19/05 Home W 55-14
11/18/06 Away W 38- 3
11/17/07 Home W 23-13
11/22/08 Away W 58-27
11/21/09 Home W 43-12
10/9/10 Away W 17-13
National Rankings: JMU has come into the 2012 season with high expectations from both the coaches and the media, according to their respective polls. The Dukes were ranked eighth in the FCS Coaches Preseason Poll, while being in the No. 5 slot in The Sports Network Poll, which is voted on by sports information, media members, broadcasters and other dignitaries. Following the fifth week of play, Madison is now No. 6 in the FCS Coaches Poll, while advancing to the No. 5 slot in the The Sports Network poll.
The Dukes also earned significant recognition in several national preseason publications, with four of the five putting JMU in the top five. Phil Steele's Annual picked JMU second in its preseason rankings, while USA Today had Madison fourth. Athlon College Football and College Sporting News both had James Madison in the fifth spot, while Lindy's College Football picked the squad 13th nationally.
Matthews Closing In On the Century Mark: JMU Head Coach Mickey Matthews is closing in on a historic milestone in his coaching career. In his 14th season at the helm of the Dukes, Matthews is just one win away from having 100 victories in his coaching career. He is currently tied for 24th on the FCS career active victories list with New Hampshire's Sean McDonnell.
Matthews Coming Off the Bye Week: Head Coach Mickey Matthews has proven that he knows how to manage the Dukes through a bye week in his tenure. He is currently 9-4 in games after a bye, with two of those losses coming in the 2001 season, a 17-16 heartbreaking loss to Richmond in 2007 and last season's 23-20 defeat at Old Dominion.
Thorpe Receives Sixth Year From NCAA: Quarterback Justin Thorpe has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, announced today. He will now be listed as a redshirt junior for JMU for the remainder of the season. Thorpe had a season-ending injury as a true freshman in 2008 and then was injured also in the first half of the 2010 season opener against Morehead State, which ended that season. In cases where there have been two season ending injuries early in the year, application can be made for a sixth year, though not always granted.
JMU Against Ranked Teams: In its FCS history, Madison has a 53-68-1 record against ranked opponents. Since taking over in 1999, Head Coach Mickey Matthews has coached in a majority of those games, posting a 35-32 record against ranked teams.
JMU had three straight wins during the 2011 season over top-25 teams on consecutive weekends for the first time since the 2004 season, when the Dukes won four straight road games to win the National Championship. It also was the first time in school history during the regular season that JMU had posted three straight wins in consecutive weeks over ranked opponents. However, Madison fell just short last season against the last four ranked foes, the first on Oct. 8 when it dropped a heartbreaking 25-24 loss to #19 Maine, followed by Oct. 29 defeat at #15 Old Dominion, 23-20 and a 28-10 loss at #9 New Hampshire, Nov. 5. The last came in the second round of the NCAA Division I Championship, losing 26-14 at No. 4 and eventual national champion North Dakota State.
Last Year's Bridgeforth Crowds Set Records: There is no question that Sept. 10, 2011's crowd for the home opener against Central Connecticut State was the largest in Bridgeforth Stadium history at that time. With an attendance of 25,102, the total surpassed the previous high of 17,163 when JMU posted a dramatic 35-32 come-from-behind win over Appalachian State on Sept. 20, 2008. In fact, all five games last season surpassed the previous high, with the tops coming in the Homecoming victory over Richmond at 25,742. Last year, the Dukes ranked second in the nation in average attendance at 25,002 fans per game, while the 125,010 set a new school record for regular season attendance total, ranking as seventh most nationally.
Precursor to Something Greater This Year?: All college football fans want to look for something that gives them an indication of possible success for their teams. Interestingly for Dukes' fans, that may be the opening week's win over Saint Francis and playing West Virginia as their precursors for this year. Last year, the Red Flash traveled for its second game of the season to a nationally-ranked opponent -- North Dakota State -- and dropped a 56-3 decision to the Bison, who went on to last year's FCS National Championship. The 2004 season was the only time that JMU has taken on West Virginia, as the Dukes won the next six games and eventually went on to a 13-2 record and the I-AA National Championship. So the JMU Nation hopes the same end result occurs for its squad this season.
Last Time Out - JMU Opens CAA Play With Road Win: Redshirt-junior quarterback Justin Thorpe had his first career 300-yard passing game to lead #6/7 James Madison football team to a 32-7 victory in their Colonial Athletic Association opener at Rhode Island, Sept. 22. The Dukes are now 11-3 in CAA openers under head coach Mickey Matthews.
Thorpe had career highs in completions, attempts and yards, going 26-for-40 for 340 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Sophomore wide receiver De'Andre' Smith had a career-high eight receptions for 53 yards and one rushing score, while redshirt-junior receiver Renard Robinson had a career-high 87 yards and one touchdown on three catches.
Madison had 498 yards of total offense while limiting the Rams to just 183 yards, including 95 yards after URI's first two possessions of the game. JMU converted 11-of-20 third-down opportunities while holding URI to just 1-of-10. The Dukes were also 2-of-3 on fourth-down chances as compared to the Rams being unsuccessful on both of theirs.
Redshirt-senior running back Hykeem Brodie was the leading ground gainer for the contest with nine carries for 58 yards and one touchdown. Redshirt-senior tight end Brian Barlow also had five catches for 62 yards and a score among the receiving leaders for JMU.
Quarterback Bob Bentsen was 15-for-28 for 164 yards and one score through the air for the Rams, with Brandon Johnson-Farrell leading the URI receiving corps with 71 yards and a touchdown on three receptions. (Full recap on page 21.)
Last Meeting - 2010 - JMU Escapes Towson: In another road battle, the #6/7 James Madison football team held off a pesky Towson squad for a 17-13 Colonial Athletic Association win, Oct. 9.
JMU outgained Towson 317-259, including putting together 181 yards on the ground, and held more than a seven-minute advantage in time of possession.
Redshirt-senior Jamal Sullivan had a season-high 26 carries for 88 yards while redshirt-senior quarterback Drew Dudzik was 12-for-22 for 136 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Redshirt-freshman Dae'Quan Scott led the receivers with two catches for 61 yards and his first collegiate touchdown. Junior linebacker Pat Williams led all tacklers with 14 tackles, while redshirt-freshman Stephon Robertson had 13 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss.
Running back Dominique Booker and quarterback Chris Hart were the rushing leaders for Towson, going for 74 and 72 yards, respectively. Hart was also 8-for-24 for 92 yards through the air, hitting Alex Blake for four receptions for 49 yards. Frank Beltre had 13 tackles to pace the Tigers.(Full recap on page 20.)
Ranking High In FCS Football: JMU finds itself among the leaders in the nation in various statistical categories in the opening portion of the season. Offensively, the Dukes' average of 455.25 yards ranks 13th among FCS teams, the 236.75 rushing yards ranks 12th and the 35.25 points per game is the 17th most nationally in the opening games. Defensively, the 14.75 points per game given up ranks eighth nationally while the 87.75 rushing yards per game is ninth and total defense yardage of 291.75 is seventh. Additionally, Madison's average of 39.94 net punting yards is seventh among FCS teams.
Oh Captain, My Captains: James Madison's Justin Thorpe, Brian Barlow, Earl Watford, Jakarie Jackson, Stephon Robertson and Tyler Snow have been selected by their teammates as captains for the 2012 football season. Thorpe and Barlow are captains for the second straight season, while this is the first time for the remaining four.
James Madison Football On TV: James Madison is no stranger to being televised and it holds true this year, as the Dukes are on the tube six times, with a pair of nationally-televised contests as part of the CAA's package. JMU were first on television on Sept. 15 from FedEx Field as the West Virginia Game was televised on Root Sports Pittsburgh. Following that, Madison will make its first of two appearances on NBC Sports Network when it hosts defending CAA champion Towson on Oct. 6, followed by a Comcast Sports Network broadcast of the William & Mary game on Oct. 13. The Oct. 20 game at Richmond and Nov. 3 at Maine will be on Comcast as well, before the regular-season finale against Old Dominion Nov. 17 is on NBC Sports Network. The last time JMU was on national TV was last year's NCAA Second Round game at North Dakota State, with the one prior to that the 2008 National Semifinal against Montana.
Thorpe Successful Under Center Leading the Dukes: Redshirt-junior quarterback Justin Thorpe has been a very solid starter for Madison when he has been in the game. Overall, he has a 14-6 record as a starting quarterback as well as being 14-4 against Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) opponents. Even more impressive is that Thorpe has led JMU to wins in his last 12 regular season FCS starts and 13 of his last 14 FCS games overall.
Thorpe Through the Air: Redshirt-junior quarterback Justin Thorpe got it going through the airwaves in the win at Rhode Island, Sept. 22. Thorpe had career highs of 26 completions, 40 attempts and 340 yards while adding two touchdowns and two interceptions to the effort. His 340 yards was the 12th 300-yard passing game in school history and ranks fifth all time. The last 300-yard passing game for the Dukes was on Sept. 29, 2007, as Rodney Landers threw for exactly 300 yards against Villanova. The last time Madison had 300 yards passing overall was on Sept. 19, 2009, when the squad posted 341 versus VMI.
Starke Is Solid With the Foot But Splits The Uprights Even Better at Home: Redshirt-junior kicker Cameron Starke has shown his ability to hit clutch kicks for the Dukes, having connected on two final-play, game-winning field goals last year. Overall in his career, he is now 19-of-23 (.826) on field goals and 51-of-52 (.981) on extra points. However at Bridgeforth Stadium, he has hit all five of his field goal attempts, including a career-long 47-yarder against Saint Francis in the season opener, and is 31-of-32 (.969) on PATs. His only missed kick ever in Bridgeforth was a point after attempt against Villanova last year.
Skahn Making His Punts Count: Redshirt-senior David Skahn has been making sure his punting attempts have counted for the Dukes this season. Skahn has 16 punts this season for an average of 39.94 yards per punt with five inside the 20, no touchbacks and a career-long of 65. What is even more impressive is that not a single punt this year has been returned, making his net punting average also 39.94, ranking seventh in FCS football currently. He has had 12 punts fair caught and the other four downed.
Robertson Getting In On the Play: Redshirt-junior linebacker Stephon Robertson has shown a nose for the football throughout his collegiate career. A Sports Network Third-Team Preseason All-American and Preseason All-CAA linebacker in 2012, Robertson led the Dukes in tackles in the first two games, compiling 17 tackles while playing just six quarters of action.
For his career, Robertson has started all 27 games he has played and has posted 227 career tackles. One of the most memorable plays in his career was a key forced fumble late in the win at Virginia Tech in 2010, a game in which he also had a season-high 13 tackles.
Jakarie Not Afraid to "Jak" Opponents Up: Senior safety Jakarie Jackson has shown his ability to make an impact defensively during his time at JMU. On Sept. 15, Jackson put together a career-high 14 tackles against West Virginia in what Head Coach Mickey Matthews said was his best collegiate game. Jackson had 10 solo shots and also added one pass breakup. He is now 28 tackles away from the career 200-tackle mark.
Spreading the Love (And the Ball) Around: Redshirt-junior quarterback Justin Thorpe has been utilizing a variety of receivers this year. So far this season, 13 different Dukes have had receptions, with 11 of them having multiple receptions and seven of them with six or more in the first four games. Redshirt-senior tight end Brian Barlow is the leading target with 13 receptions for a team-high 184 yards and one score. Sophomore DeAndre' Smith and redshirt-sophomore Marquis Woodyard are next with 10 receptions each.
Home Is Where the Heart (And the Victories) Are: The Dukes are tough to beat at Bridgeforth Stadium under Head Coach Mickey Matthews. In his 13-plus years at the helm, Matthews has led his squad to a solid 60-19 (.759) record in Harrisonburg. What makes that more impressive is that eight of the losses occurred during a two-year span (2001-02) when the Dukes had a combined overall record of 7-16 (JMU was 2-9 in 2001 and 5-7 in 2002). Last year, JMU was 4-1 at home, its ninth-straight .500 or better season at home.
Additionally, Madison has only lost two non-conference games at home, and only one regular-season, out-of-league home tilt, under Matthews in 26 contests. The two losses were in the 2002 home opener against Hampton and the 2008 National Semifinal against Montana.
Matthews' JMU Home Mark
Year Overall Conf.
1999 5-0 4-0
2000 6-0 4-0
2001 1-4 0-4
2002 3-4 2-3
2003 5-1 3-1
2004 5-1 3-1
2005 5-1 3-1
2006 5-0 4-0
2007 5-1 3-1
2008 8-1 4-0
2009 3-2 2-2
2010 3-3 1-3
2011 4-1 3-1
2012 2-0 0-0
Totals 60-19 36-17
Matthews The Winningest: Mickey Matthews (1999-Pres.) became the all-time leader in victories among JMU football coaches Sept. 27, 2008 in a 24-10 victory at Maine. The win gave the then-10th-year Dukes coach a 68-45 JMU record. It is now at 99-62 overall, which currently ranks 22nd among all active coaches in terms of winning percentage and 24th in victories.
Challace McMillin (1972-84), JMU's first football coach, had a 67-56-1 record during 13 JMU seasons and held the program's previous coaching victories record. McMillin has retired as a JMU kinesiology teaching staff member, but he continues to work with JMU athletic teams in a sports psychology role.
JMU'S COACHING RECORDS
Coach (Years) W-L Pct. NCAA
Mickey Matthews (1999-Pres.) 99-62 .615 6
Challace McMillin (1972-84) 67-56-1 .544 0
Joe Purzycki (1985-90) 34-30-2 .530 1
Rip Scherer (1991-94) 29-19 .604 2
Alex Wood (1995-98) 23-22 .511 1
* Challace McMillin's listed coaching record at JMU does not include the program's inaugural football season of 1972 when the team's schedule did not include the minimum number of games to constitute an NCAA-recognized varsity football season. JMU's 1972 team played five games against a mixture of college varsity, junior varsity and prep-school teams.
Dukes in the Show: JMU is well represented in the NFL on the 2012 rosters entering the season. The Dukes have two former players that were on opening day rosters for the 2012 season. Linebacker Akeem Jordan has spent his first five years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and is starting this season at weakside linebacker. Starting his third season in the NFL is former defensive end turned linebacker Arthur Moats (Buffalo Bills), who is currently the starter at outside linebacker. Former tight end Mike Caussin (Buffalo Bills) is on the physically unable to perform list currently after being signed last year off Jacksonville's practice squad. Most recently, former defensive end D.J. Bryant was signed to the practice squad of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 18.
All-Time Versus the CAA: For the last eight-plus seasons, there has not been a better team in league action in the Colonial Athletic Association than James Madison. During that time span, the Dukes have put together a 46-19 conference mark to share the top spot with New Hampshire. Overall JMU is 72-30 in that span, surpassed only by New Hampshire's 75-31 mark.
CAA Records 2004-Pres. Conf. Overall
James Madison 46-19 72-30
New Hampshire 45-20 75-31
Richmond 37-28 65-39
Villanova 36-29 61-43
Massachusetts* 36-20 59-36
Delaware 36-29 64-39
William & Mary 33-33 54-45
Maine 32-32 47-48
Hofstra* 18-30 30-37
Towson 18-47 36-57
Northeastern* 16-32 20-47
Rhode Island 15-50 27-64
NOTE: During this time period until the 2010 season, CAA teams each season played five other teams in their division and three of the six teams in the other division for an eight-game league slate. With the dropping of football by two CAA schools prior to 2010 (Hofstra and Northeastern*), the league eliminated the divisions and are one unified standings. After the 2011 season, Massachusetts* moved up to the FBS level.
JMU vs. CAA Teams (* Former league teams, Includes when not CAA members)
Opponent Overall Met
Boston University* 5-1-0 1997
Connecticut* 4-1-0 1999
Delaware 8-12-0 2010
Hofstra* 6-3-0 2009
Maine 10-5-0 2011
Massachusetts* 7-8-1 2011
New Hampshire 7-7-0 2011
Northeastern* 12-8-0 2007
Old Dominion 0-1-0 2011
Rhode Island 8-3-0 2012
Richmond 13-16-0 2011
Towson 17-5-1 2010
Villanova 11-9-0 2011
William & Mary 19-15-0 2011
Totals 126-94-2 (.572)
Scott Chewing Up Ground:James Madison running back Dae'Quan Scott has been eating up yardage this season, playing in just five quarters of the first two games due to the significant lead for JMU in each, Scott still has a team-high 180 yards on 20 carries (nine yards per carry) and three touchdowns.He has also has a eight receptions for 90 yards (11.2 yards per catch) and a pair of scores. However, he injured an ankle, missing the West Virginia and Rhode Island contests and is doubtful for the Towson game.
Scott was named the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week for his play in the Alcorn State game. It is the third time in his career he has garnered the league's weekly offensive honor, having picked it up twice last year, and the fourth time he has earned a league weekly award overall. Scott played just 27 minutes in a 42-3 win over Alcorn State, but it was enough time to account for 108 rushing yards, his ninth career 100-yard game, and two touchdowns on just eight carries for the Dukes. The junior also hauled in five catches for 39 yards and a touchdown. He opened the scoring for JMU with a 1-yard run and then followed up with a season-long 67-yard scamper to put the Dukes up 14-0 in the first quarter. He then added a 10-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Justin Thorpe late in the first half that gave Madison a 28-0 halftime lead.
Dukes After A Loss Under Matthews: In its 13-plus seasons under current Head Coach Mickey Matthews, James Madison has a 29-25 record in games after a loss (other than season finale losses). However, that record takes a better turn starting in the 2004 season, as the Dukes are an improved 17-10 in those games after a loss. Also, JMU has only had four multiple-game losing streaks since 2004, with the longest a four-game skid each in 2009 and 2010.
Conference Openers Have Had Success: Madison has made it a habit to get off to a good start in conference action, sporting a 13-6 record in league openers since 1993, including a stellar 11-3 mark under current Head Coach Mickey Matthews. The Dukes are 6-3 on the road in conference starters and 4-2 under Matthews away from home in league firsts. The only conference opener losses Matthews has had were on the road in 2001 (26-19 at New Hampshire), 2009 (24-17 at Hofstra) and 2010 (versus Delaware (13-10)). This season, Madison opened CAA action with a 32-7 win at Rhode Island, Sept. 22.
Conference Opener Records in I-AA/FCS: Rip Scherer -- 0-2; Alex Wood -- 3-1; Mickey Matthews -- 11-3
Preseason All-America Honors: James Madison's Earl Watford, Stephon Robertson and Dae'Quan Scott were named Preseason All-Americans by The Sports Network, the organization announced. Watford was a first-team selection at offensive guard, while Robertson and Scott were on the third team at linebacker and all-purpose, respectively.
Additionally, JMU had five players named to their respective position watch lists by College Football Performance Awards, the organization announced. Scott was named to the running back list, with redshirt-senior Brian Barlow named to the 25-person tight end watch list. Robertson was named to the linebackers' watch list while redshirt-junior kicker Cameron Starke and redshirt-senior punter David Skahn earned spots on their respective lists.
Preseason All-CAA Awards: Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Earl Watford, redshirt-senior h-back/tight end Brian Barlow, redshirt-junior linebacker Stephon Robertson and redshirt-junior return specialist/running back Dae'Quan Scott were selected to the CAA's 25-man preseason squad.
Bringing Back A Solid Core of Returners: The Dukes return 46 letterwinners, including 16 starters, back to the 2012 squad. Madison has six returners on offense, led by quarterback Justin Thorpe, running back Dae'Quan Scott and lineman Earl Watford. The defense has seven returners, paced by linebacker Stephon Robertson, lineman Tyler Snow and safety Jakarie Jackson. Madison also returns all three key specialists in kicker Cameron Starke, punter David Skahn and snapper Chris Beaver.
JMU Football History: The 2012 season is JMU's 41st season of football, its 39th varsity football season, its 34th season with football scholarship players and its 33rd season competing at what is now the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level, formerly Division I-AA.
JMU began football in 1972, moved to a recognized varsity schedule in 1974, first awarded scholarships for the 1979 season and moved to Division I-AA in 1980. JMU moved from Division III to Division II in 1979 and to then-Division I-AA for the 1980 season.
JMU's top seasons in addition to winning the 2004 NCAA Division I-AA championship (13-2) have been in 2008 when the Dukes reached the FCS semifinals as the playoffs' top-seeded team and compiled a 12-2 record, 2007 (8-4, NCAA playoffs), 2006 (9-3, NCAA playoffs), 1999 (8-4, NCAA playoffs), 1995 (8-4, NCAA playoffs), 1994 (10-3, NCAA playoffs, second round), 1991 (9-4, NCAA playoffs, second round), 1987 (9-3, NCAA playoffs), 1982 (8-3), 1978 (8-2, No. 9, Division III), and 1975 (9-0-1, College Division).
JMU UNDER MATTHEWS
Year Overall Conf.
1999 8-4 7-1 NCAA
2000 6-5 4-4
2001 2-9 0-9
2002 5-7 3-6
2003 6-6 4-5
2004 13-2 7-1 NCAA Title
2005 7-4 5-3
2006 9-3 7-1 NCAA
2007 8-4 6-2 NCAA
2008 12-2 8-0 NCAA
2009 6-5 4-4
2010 6-5 3-5
2011 8-5 5-3 NCAA
2012 3-1 1-0
Totals 99-62 64-44
Former Duke Haley Enshrined in College Football Hall of Fame: Former James Madison football All-American Charles Haley was enshrined in the College Football Hall Of Fame, July 15-16, 2011 in South Bend, Ind. He becomes the first ever player from a CAA school and sixth person overall (five previous were coaches) to be elected to the Hall.
Haley was a four year starter at JMU from 1982-85. He was a two-time All-American and a three-time Defensive MVP at Madison. As a senior at JMU, Haley was voted a 1985 Associated Press First-Team I-AA All-American and both the Richmond Touchdown Club and Roanoke Times & World News' State Defensive Player of the Year. He leads JMU's all-time tackles list with 506, including three seasons of more than 100 tackles, and his 22 tackles at Shippensburg during the 1983 season still ranks as the eighth-highest single-game total in JMU history. He also added three interceptions and 17 quarterback sacks to his total.
In 1986, after his senior season Haley was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, as he was the No. 96 pick overall, the highest ever in school history. The first ever JMU player to be drafted into the NFL, Haley went on to become the only player in the league's history to win five Super Bowls, two with the 49ers and three with the Dallas Cowboys. He was also selected to five Pro Bowls during his career, as well as being a two-time First-Team All-Pro and 1990 NFC Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his professional career with 100.5 sacks, including a career-high 16 in 1990. He had eight fumble recoveries and scored one touchdown in the NFL. He retired in 1999 before becoming an assistant coach for the Detroit Lions.
Former JMU Standouts: In addition to the former Dukes currently active with professional football organizations, JMU's leading all-time performers include several other players who have enjoyed success in the NFL - placekicker Scott Norwood (1978-81), wide receiver Gary Clark (1980-83), defensive end Charles Haley (1982-85), linebacker Dion Foxx (1990-93), wide receiver Macey Brooks (1993-96), running back Curtis Keaton (1998-99), tight end Ed Perry (1993-96) and return specialist Delvin Joyce (1997-2000).
Norwood received All-Pro honors as a placekicker with the Buffalo Bills.
Clark was All-Pro with the Washington Redskins and a member of two Super Bowl title teams and later played with the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins. He was selected in the first round of the first United States Football League draft in 1984.
Haley was the first player to be a member of five Super Bowl title teams while playing with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. He was the first Duke to be a first-team Division I-AA All-America and the first Duke chosen in the NFL draft (San Francisco, 1986, fourth round). He is JMU's career tackles leader.
Foxx played with the Miami Dolphins.
Brooks was with the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.
Keaton was with the Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints after being the 1999 Atlantic 10 offensive player of the year when he ran for 1,719 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Perry was a tight end and long snapper with the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs after being Miami's sixth-round 1997 draft pick and first-team All-Yankee Football Conference during each of his final three collegiate seasons.
Joyce was a return specialist for the New York Giants and New York Jets. He ended his career at JMU as the only player in Division I-AA history with 1,000 yards in each of the career statistical categories of rushing, receiving, punt returns and kickoff returns and as the all-time Division I-AA leader in punt return yards and combined kick return yards. He holds many of JMU's career kick return marks and is the program's all-time leader in all-purpose yards with 5,659.
Two other former Dukes saw extensive time during the 2007 preseason with NFL teams, including tailback Alvin Banks (2003-06) with the New York Jets and offensive lineman Corey Davis (2003-06) with the Buffalo Bills. Justin Rascati, JMU's starting quarterback from 2004-06, briefly was with the Chicago Bears.