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Linebacker Stephon RobertsonCourtesy: Photography/JMU Athletics Communications
Robertson Named VaSID Defensive Player of the Year, Five Total Earn All-VaSID Honors
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/29/2014
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HARRISONBURG, Va. - Redshirt-senior linebacker Stephon Robertson was honored as the state's Defensive Player of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) and was joined by four other Dukes on the All-VaSID squads. Also on the first team were redshirt-senior running back Dae'Quan Scott and redshirt-senior defensive lineman Jordan Stanton, while redshirt-senior offensive lineman Josh Wells and junior safety Dean Marlowe were on the second team.

Robertson was also named to the Sports Network and Associated Press All-America First Teams and Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) All-America List. Previously, he was named as runner up for the Buck Buchanan Award for the nation's top defensive player and last week was honored as the Dudley Award winner given to the best Division I football player in Virginia. The two-time CAA Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-CAA selection, Robertson finished his senior season with 141 total tackles, including 52 solos, 17.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and five pass breakups, leading the league in total tackles and tackles for loss. One of the top candidates for the Buck Buchanan Award after finishing second among underclassmen and eighth overall in last year’s ballot, Robertson finished  third in the FCS with 11.8 tackles per game and 17th in tackles for loss (1.4 per game). A three-time CAA Defensive Player of the Week this season, Robertson recorded a league season-high 5.0 tackles for loss at William and Mary and had double-digit stops in nine of 12 games played while leading the Dukes in tackling in eight of them. Before the season he was named a Sports Network First Team Preseason All-American in 2013 and the 2013 Preseason CAA Defensive Player of the Year.

Earning First-Team All-CAA honors for the first time in his career after being named Second Team All-CAA the last two seasons at running back, Scott finished the year with 1,040 rushing yards, his second 1000-yard season of his collegiate career and 15th in JMU history, along with a team-high eight rushing touchdowns. Scott also contributed 40 receptions for 329 yards and three scores, giving him a team best 1,488 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns. He ranked fifth in the CAA at 86.7 rushing yards per game and fifth in scoring at 6.5 points per game. He finished his career at 3,332 rushing yards and the all-time leading scorer with 43 total touchdowns. He is tied for the JMU career lead with 32 rushing scores. Scott became just the third rusher in school history to reach the 3,000-yard mark and posted 16 career 100-yard rushing games. As a punt returner, Scott also showed his danger by returning 10 kicks for 119 yards and two touchdowns, one for 54 yards and the last for 46 yards.

Stanton earned First Team All-CAA accolades for the first time in his career after recording 56 tackles with 11.5 for loss and a team-best and tied for fifth in the CAA 8.0 sacks for 44 yards of loss. He also added a pair of quarterback hurries and two breakups on the season. Stanton ranked sixth among defensive linemen with 4.7 tackles per game, which included 27 solo stops on the year.  A starter in all 12 games this year, he had his best contest against Saint Francis with eight tackles, 3.0 for loss and a pair of sacks.

Wells, who was a Second Team All-CAA selection the last two seasons, was JMU’s top returning lineman this season and has paved the way for a JMU offense that is averaging 172.6 rushing yards per game and 407.0 total yards per game.  Wells has also been the lead blocker for redshirt-senior running back Dae’Quan Scott who has amassed over 3,000 career yards and currently holds JMU’s  career rushing touchdown and points scored records running behind Wells.

Also a Second Team All-CAA pick, Marlowe has recorded 77 total tackles, including 37 solo stops, one interception, and eight passes defended.  He ranks 12th among league defensive backs with 6.4 tackles per game, totaling 77 on the year and was named a 2013 preseason All-CAA selection. Last season, Marlowe Earned First Team All-CAA, as the only sophomore on the CAA defensive first team and was selected as First Team All-State by Roanoke Times and the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association. In 2012 Marlowe recorded 82 tackles on the year including 44 solos, 5.0 for loss, seven passes defended, team-high tying three interceptions, one forced fumble and one safety. As a punt returner, Marlowe proved to be tough, averaging 7.4 yards on 14 returns with a long of 31. His average ranked fifth in the CAA among those with an eligible number of returns, as nominations were also due before the final games.

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