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No. 16/17 Football To Host Charlotte at Bridgeforth Sept. 21
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Seeing A Lot of the Home Field In the Coming Weeks: James Madison will play its second straight home game when the Dukes host Charlotte tonight at Bridgeforth Stadium. Not only is the second of back-to-back home games but it is also the second of four of the next five that the Dukes will play at home. After playing its only road game of this stretch at Delaware, Sept. 28, to open Colonial Athletic Association play, JMU returns home to host Albany (Oct. 5) for Family Weekend and Richmond (Oct. 12) for a nationally-televised tilt on NBC Sports Network. This stretch of the season opened with a 24-20 victory over pesky Saint Francis, Sept. 14.

The Coaches: James Madison Head Coach Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, ‘76) is in his 15th season at JMU and as a head coach overall with a 105-66 record.

      Charlotte Head Coach Brad Lambert (Kansas State, ’87) is in his first year of coaching games for the 49ers, with a 2-1 mark.

      The two leaders are colleagues on the field and close personal friends off  the field, as the pair coached together at both Marshall and Georgia.

History With Charlotte: This is the first time that the Dukes and 49ers have met on the football field. In fact, this is just the fourth game in Charlotte’s football existence, as the program. In 2008, football was recommend to the Charlotte Board of Trustees who approved it without opposition. From there, all the various pieces were put into motion, including hiring of Brad Lambert as the first coach in March 2011, the ground breaking of the football stadium in April 2011 and the first signing class in February 2012. This fall, the 49ers opened their first season by hosting Campbell at Jerry Richardson Stadium, with the football newcomers earning a 52-7 victory.

Putting Points on the Board Early: James Madison got off to solid starts in its first two games this year. In both games, the Dukes punched the ball into the end zone on their first possession and both with lengthy drives. Against Central Connecticut State, JMU went 75 yards in nine plays for the score, while at Akron, it took 14 plays to go 75 yards for the game’s first tally. However against Saint Francis Sept. 14, the Dukes did not find the end zone until the third quarter, eventually coming away with a 24-20 victory.

National Rankings: JMU come into the 2013 season with high expectations from both the coaches and the media, according to their respective polls. The Dukes were ranked 15th in the FCS Coaches Preseason poll, while being in the No. 19 slot in The Sports Network poll, which is voted on by sports information, media members, broadcasters and other dignitaries. After the third week of play, Madison moved up one spot to 16th in the Coaches Poll and up three slots to 17th in The Sports Network Poll.

Scott Chewing Up Ground: James Madison running back Dae’Quan Scott continues to eat up yardage for the Dukes in his career.

      Scott has been a workhorse for JMU this season, posting 100-yard rushing games in each of the first three contests, giving him 15 for his career. On Sept. 14, he had a career-high 32 carries for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the victory  over visiting Saint Francis. This performance came on the heels of 107 yards and one score at Akron and 120 yards in the season opening victory against Central Connecticut State. He also had a pair of punt returns for 63 yards, including a 54-yard punt return touchdown in the third quarter against Central Connecticut State. It was just the 15th JMU punt return touchdown in stadium history.

      Scott surged up the JMU career rushing charts to fourth with 2,709 yards, just behind JMU Hall of Famer Curtis Keaton (1998-99) in third at 2,783 and trailing Rodney Landers (2005-08) in second at 3,477 yards. Former NFL player and JMU Hall of Famer Warren Marshall (1982-86) holds the all-time rushing lead at JMU with 4,168 yards. Scott just surpassed Marshall for the career touchdown lead with his 35th score against Saint Francis. He also ranks third at JMU in career scoring with 210 points, just 10 behind John Coursey (1993-96) and 21 behind all-time leader David Rabil (2003-06) at 231 points. In addition, the Staunton, Va., native is currently seventh in career rushing touchdowns with 27.

      Among the current FCS active career leaders, Scott is sixth in rushes (503), seventh in yards (2,709), tied for sixth in total touchdowns (35), tied for eighth in rushing touchdowns (27) and 13th in gain per rush (5.3 ypr).

Robertson Getting In On the Play: Redshirt-junior linebacker Stephon Robertson has shown a nose for the football throughout his collegiate career. A 2013 Sports Network First-Team Preseason All-American, Robertson opened his final collegiate season with 12 tackles, two of the solo, in the season-opening victory over Central Connecticut State. He also tied for team-high honors with seven stops at Akron, Sept. 7. Most recently, he posted 14 total tackles with career bests of 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.

      As CAA Defensive Player of the Year at linebacker in 2012, Robertson led the Dukes in tackles in seven of the 11 games last season, including a career-high 15 in the win over No. 12 Towson. He averaged 9.18 tackles per game (101 total, 48 solos), which was third in the CAA and tied for 43rd in the nation. He had his first pass interception of the year and second of his career at Maine. He has contributed five pass breakups on the season, along with 8.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks. He recorded double-digit tackles in last games this season, including five of the last seven - all CAA games.

      In his career, Robertson has started in all 37 games played. He has amassed 337 career tackles, an average of 9.11 tackles per game, despite being targeted as a threat by every opposing offense. He has also been named a 2013 Preseason All-American by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview and The Sports Network and is also on the initial watch list for the Buck Buchanan Award after finishing second among underclassmen and eighth overall in last year’s balloting despite appearing on just the final watch list.

Stanton, Harold Leading the Pressure On the Passer: Defensive ends Jordan Stanton and Sage Harold have helped lead assistant coach Jeff Hanson and the Dukes’ rejuvenated pass rush so far this season. Both players have 5.0 tackles for loss with Stanton posting 3.5 sacks and Harold 3.0 sacks on the year. As a whole, the Dukes have 12 sacks on the season, all earned in the last two games, and are just six shy of last season’s total of 18 through 11 games.

      For Harold individually against Saint Francis, he had career bests with seven tackles (four solos), 4.0 tackles for 28 yards of loss and 3.0 sacks for 26 yards of loss. He also added a pair of quarterback hurries and a forced fumble in the victory over the Red Flash.

Spreading the Ball Around the Wide Side of the Fields: JMU is doing an effective job of spreading the ball around to various receivers in the passing game. In the season opener against Central Connecticut State, quarterback Michael Birdsong connected on 10 completions in the win. The bigger part was that eight different players had at least one catch, with two getting two receptions each.  In the contest at Akron, eight different Dukes made receptions, with all but one having at least three catches on the day. Overall, 11 players have had catches this season for the Dukes, just four shy of last year’s total.

Starke Moving Up the Charts: Senior kicker Cameron Starke is continuing to move up the career charts among JMU’s kickers: His 29 career field goals puts him fifth all-time, trailing Mickey Stinnett (1982-84) by one in fourth. John Coursey (1993-96) holds the all-time record with 39.

      Starke is almost automatic as well when the spot is inside the 30-yard line, as he has hit on 23-of-25 field goal attempts from 39 yards or less in his career, with the only misses being his first career attempt at North Carolina and a questionable call on a 36-yard attempt at Eastern Kentucky, both in 2011. In fact, he has connected on 11 straight field goal attempts of less than 40 yards.

      He is also 78-of-79 in his career in point after attempts, giving him 165 career points at JMU. That ranks eighth overall at JMU. Among the FCS active career leaders, Starke is third in field goal percentage (78.4) and ranks 19th in extra points made (78).

FIELD GOALS  FGM-A     Pct     01-19  20-29    30-39   40-49   50-99      Lg     Blk

2011                    15-19     78.9      0-0        6-7         7-8         2-3        0-1        44       1

2012                    10-14     71.4      1-1        3-3         3-3         3-7        0-0        49       0

2013                      4-4       100.0     1-1        2-2         0-0         1-1        0-0        45       0

Career               29-37     78.4      2-2     11-12    10-11     6-11       0-1        49       1

 

Last Time Out - Rallying For the Win Over Saint Francis: No. 15/20 James Redshirt-senior Dae'Quan Scott posted his 15th career 100-yard rushing game, including 137 yards and two scores in the second half, to lead the No. 17 James Madison Dukes to a 24-20 come-from-behind victory over Saint Francis at Bridgeforth Stadium Sept. 14.        

      Scott ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries on the night, opening up the 2013 season with three consecutive 100-yard rushing games. Sophomore quarterback Michael Birdsong was 10-of-23 for 145 yards and one touchdown. Redshirt-senior linebacker Stephon Robertson led the defensive effort with 14 tackles, including two sacks. Junior defensive end Sage Harold also was a standout, making seven tackles including three sacks and a forced fumble.

      Saint Francis quarterbacks Capri Thompson and Max Ward were a combined 11-of-20 for 177 yards and a touchdown, while running back Kyle Harbridge ran 25 times for 100 yards and one score. (Complete recap on page 20.

Birdsong Made History at Quarterback: Sophomore Michael Birdsong came into camp as the starting signal caller and nothing in the first two games of 2013 would change that situation. Birdsong was 10-for-18 for 115 yards and one touchdown through the air and also had nine carries for 55 yards and a pair of scores on the ground in the victory over Central Connecticut State. He then followed it up with a 29-for-42, 310 yards and three touchdown performance at Akron, Sept. 7. It was his first 200-yard or more passing game in his career and the ninth-best performance in school history. His 29 completions are the third-best mark in program history, while the three touchdown passes tied for the fifth-best JMU game ever.

        Birdsong made his first collegiate start in the 2012 Georgia State game, leading the Dukes to a victory. Birdsong was 11-for-23 for 119 yards and one touchdown through the air while carrying the ball six times for 43 yards.

        The start made him the first true freshman to start at the JMU signal caller slot since Head Coach Mickey Matthews' fourth season as head man of the Dukes in 2002. That year, Jayson Cooke started the season finale at Northeastern on Nov. 23, 2002, a game won by the Huskies 41-10.  Other true freshman starters during Matthews' tenure have been current wide receivers coach Clayton Matthews (9/22/01) and Mike Connelly (10/23/99).

        An injury cut his true freshman season short by two games, but he finished 41-for-77 for 478 yards, four touchdowns and just one interception.

Birdsong Making His Aerial Mark: Sophomore quarterback Michael Birdsong etched his name in the record books with his performance at Akron, Sept. 7. Birdsong paced the JMU offense to almost 500 yards of total offense in nearly leading JMU to rally at FBS Akron. All career bests, the 310 passing yards are the ninth-best single game in school history, the 42 attempts are the seventh most and the 29 completions are the third-best mark in program history. The three touchdown passes also tied for the fifth-best JMU game ever and the most since Justin Thorpe had three against Towson in 2009.

Moving the Ball and the Air: James Madison’s offense got the ball going through both the running game and passing attack at Akron, Sept. 7. The Dukes amassed 188 yards on the ground, led by senior running back Dae’Quan Scott’s 107 yards and one touchdown, while putting up 310 yards through the air for a total of 498 yards of total offense. Sophomore quarterback Michael Birdsong was 29-for-42 for 310 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on the day.  Scott also led all receivers with six catches, while junior wide receiver Daniel Brown led with 74 yards of receiving and one touchdown on three receptions.

Dukes After A Loss Under Matthews: In its 14-plus seasons under current Head Coach Mickey Matthews, James Madison has a 31-25 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 19-10 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.

        This season, JMU rebounded from its loss at Akron to pick up the win over Saint Francis.

Matthews Reaches the Century Mark: JMU Head Coach Mickey Matthews accomplished a historic milestone in his coaching career last season and continues to move up the charts this year. In his 15th season at the helm of the Dukes, Matthews earned his 100th career victory with a 13-10 win over then-No. 12 Towson, Oct. 6, 2012.  He is currently tied for 24th on the FCS career active victories list with 105 victories, joining fellow CAA coach New Hampshire’s Sean McDonnell at the same spot.

Preseason All-America Honors: James Madison’s Stephon Robertson and Dean Marlowe were named Preseason All-Americans by The Sports Network, the organization announced. Robertson was a first-team selection at linebacker, while Marlowe was on the second team at safety.

Smith Coming Into His Own As a Wide Receiver: Junior DeAndre’ Smith is continuing to show his growth with Madison, tallying his best game of his career at Richmond, Oct. 20, 2012. Smith had six receptions for career highs of 122 yards and two touchdowns. This year, Smith is the top receiving returner with 323 yards last year on 29 catches (second among returners) and two scores.

      This season, Smith has five catches for 64 yards with a long of 30.

Oh Captain, My Captains: James Madison's Stephon Robertson, Tyler Snow, Dae'Quan Scott, Quintin Hunter and Josh Wells have been selected by their teammates as captains for the 2013 football season. Robertson and Snow are captains for the second straight season, while this is the first time for the remaining three.

James Madison Football On TV: Six 2013 James Madison University football games are scheduled to be televised through a package coordinated by the Colonial Athletic Association, the conference announced today. Another JMU game was available for viewing through the Web-streaming service ESPN3, with all home games available on MadiZONE HD SportsNet presented by JMU Alumni Association.

      The Dukes’ will be nationally televised in CAA games on the NBC Sports Network three times during the year, as well as on the NBC Sports Regional Networks three times, making Madison the most televised CAA squad in the package. JMU’s national broadcasts will be the home contest against Richmond on Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m., as well as road contests at New Hampshire on Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m., and at Towson on Nov. 23 at 3:30 p.m. The regional broadcasts include the Sept. 28 game at Delaware at 7 p.m. and home tilts with Villanova on Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. and Nov. 16 against CAA newcomer Stony Brook at 3:30 p.m.

      JMU’s game at Akron on Sept. 7 was televised live on ESPN3, giving Madison fans the opportunity to watch four of the five road contests free of charge via television or the internet.

Scott, Reynolds Named CAA Players of the Week: James Madison’s Dae’Quan Scott and Taylor Reynolds were honored as the Colonial Athletic Association’s Special Teams Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, as announced by the league Sept. 2.

      A senior return specialist and running back, Scott’s fifth conference weekly honor comes on the heels of a solid all-purpose performance in JMU’s convincing 38-14 win over Central Connecticut State. The senior finished the season-opener with 197 all-purpose yards, including a 54-yard punt return for a touchdown that represented the first such score for him and the 15th for the Dukes in Bridgeforth Stadium history. Scott would add 15 carries for 120 yards and a reception for 14 yards in the win.

      Playing in not only his first collegiate contest but his first game on the defensive side of the ball after making the transition from quarterback to cornerback in the spring, Reynolds racked up six tackles to go with an impressive 51-yard interception return for a touchdown in JMU’s win over the Blue Devils Aug. 31. The rookie’s pick-6 was the Dukes’ first since their final game of the 2011 season.

Playoffs Expanding Again in 2013: In 2011, JMU took advantage of the playoff expansion to 20 teams by grabbing one of the last slots in the 2011 FCS Playoffs and advancing to the second round after defeating Eastern Kentucky. This year, the playoffs increase in participation again, as 24 teams will be selected for the field, 11 via auto bids as the Pioneer League’s champion will now be automatically invited to the postseason. The top eight teams will be seeded, receive first-round byes and host second-round games. The 16 other teams will bid to host first-round games.

JMU Picked Fifth In Preseason Poll: Madison was selected to finish fifth in the preseason poll, as chosen by the league’s coaches and sports information directors.

      The Dukes were picked fifth overall in the preseason poll, despite having the second-most first-place votes with four. Villanova was picked to take home the league title, garnering 11 first-place votes, followed by Towson (three votes), New Hampshire (three votes), Richmond (one vote) and Madison. Delaware was picked sixth, followed by CAA-newcomer Stony Brook, Maine and William & Mary. The other CAA-newcomer Albany and Rhode Island round out the poll.

Three Selected To Preseason All-CAA Squads: Senior linebacker Stephon Robertson was named the Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and was one of three Dukes named to the preseason squad, announced at the CAA Football Media Day at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. Joining Robertson on the squad was junior safety Dean Marlowe and senior kicker Cameron Starke.

      The 2012 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, Robertson was previously selected as a Walter Camp All-American and a Second Team Associated Press and Sports Network All-American, as well as earning First Team All-CAA honors. A starter in all 11 games last year and 34 played in his career, Robertson was a force for Madison’s defense, which ranked second in the CAA and 24th in FCS football in scoring, first in the league and 19th nationally in rushing defense and fifth in the CAA in pass defense. Also a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the nation’s top defensive player, Robertson finished with a team-high 101 tackles, including 48 solos, 8.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and five pass breakups, which earned him First Team All-CAA honors for the second straight year after being named CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2010.

      A two-time All-CAA selection, including a first-team honor last season, Marlowe was the only sophomore and one of four non-seniors on the league’s first team last year. A Preseason All-America pick by The Sports Network, the safety had a career season-high 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. One of the leaders on a JMU defense that was second in the CAA in scoring, first in rushing and fifth in pass defense, Marlowe ranked second on the team, third among CAA defensive backs and ninth in the CAA overall at 7.45 tackles per game and 7.63 in league contests. He was tied for eighth in the league with three interceptions and recorded a season-high 12 tackles in the home win over William & Mary, one of two games with 10 or more tackles on the year.

      A Second Team All-CAA pick last year, Starke was a solid kicker for the Dukes, hitting all 37 of his point after attempts and going 10-for-14 (71.4 percent) on the year in field goal attempts, including connecting on all seven from inside 40 yards. He ranked second on the team in scoring with 67 points, including a career-long 49-yarder as part of a 13-10 win over then-defending CAA champion Towson.

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 105-66 overall, which currently ranks 24th among all active coaches in terms of winning percentage and 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.)  105-66        .612             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. 

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            7-4               5-3

2013            2-1               0-0

Totals     105-66        68-47

JMU Football History: The 2013 season is JMU’s 42nd season of football, its 40th varsity football season, its 35th season with football scholarship players and its 34th 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 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).

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 was 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.

Dukes in the Show: JMU is well represented in the NFL on the 2013 rosters entering the season. The Dukes have two former players that were on opening day rosters for the 2013 season. Linebacker Akeem Jordan spent his first six years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and is starting this season at linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs. Starting his fourth season in the NFL is former defensive end turned linebacker Arthur Moats (Buffalo Bills), who is currently the starter at outside linebacker. Former defensive end D.J. Bryant was on the practice squad with last year's World Champion Baltimore Ravens and opened the year on injured reserve for the Super Bowl champions.

        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. Former tight end Mike Caussin spent time with Buffalo Bills (active) and Jacksonville Jaguars (practice squad) last season.

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