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No. 14 Football Heads to Delaware to Open CAA Play
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Opening CAA Play On the Road: James Madison is heading on the road to start Colonial Athletic Association action, traveling to Newark, De., to take on the Delaware Blue Hens.

      The game will be televised regionally by Comcast SportsNet Washington (Comcast 42 (846 HD); DirecTV 642 (SD and HD); Dish Network 424 (5424 HD)). Due to the blackout policy, this, along with live streaming on CAA.TV, will be the only way for those in the states of Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia to watch the game.

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 106-66 record.

      Delaware Head Coach Dave Brock (Salisbury, ’94) is in his first year of coaching the Blue Hens and overall, with a 3-1 mark.

History With Delaware: The No. 14 Dukes and the Blue Hens, who are receiving votes in both polls, have a 20-game history, with UD leading 12-8. Delaware holds a 7-3 advantage at home, but JMU came away with the win the last time the teams played in Newark, defeating the hosts 20-8. Last time the two squads hooked up was in 2010, as the visitors earned a victory at Bridgeforth Stadium, 13-10.

Delaware -- Delaware leads 12-8
(Home 5-5, Away 3-7)

Date            Location          W/L        Score

10/29/83        Home                L           23-26

9/8/84             Away                 L             3-32

11/30/91         Away           W (2ot)     42-35

10/9/93           Home                W          42-38

10/8/94           Away                W          30-10

10/21/95        Home                L           19-48

10/26/96         Away                 L           13-17

10/18/97        Home                L           27-49

11/21/98         Away                 L           14-28

9/25/99           Home                W            21-7

10/28/00         Away                 L           14-33

11/3/01           Home                L             3-28

10/12/02         Away                 L           10-23

11/6/04           Home                W          20-13

10/22/05         Away                 L           28-34

11/4/06           Home                W          44-24

11/3/07           Away                 L           34-37

11/1/08           Home                W            41-7

10/31/09         Away                W            20-8

10/2/10           Home                L           10-13

                        Totals                        458-510

You Look Familiar But...:  For two of the biggest conference rivals for a 10-year period, it is unusual that this is the first time that JMU and UD have met in three years. In fact, only six of this year's seniors saw significant action in that game and none of the players on this team have seen action in Delaware Stadium.

Conference Openers Have Had Success: Madison has made it a habit to get off to a good start in conference action, sporting a 14-6 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)). Last season, Madison opened CAA action with a 32-7 win at Rhode island.

Conference Opener Records in I-AA/FCS: Rip Scherer -- 0-2; Alex Wood -- 3-1; Mickey Matthews -- 11-3

All-Time Versus the CAA: For the last nine-plus seasons starting in 2004, James Madison has been among the top CAA teams. During that time span, the Dukes have put together a 50-22 conference mark and trail New Hampshire by a game. Overall JMU is 79-35 in that span, surpassed only by New Hampshire’s 82-34 mark. Additionally, Madison is the only school in this group to have at least a .500 overall record in each year since 2003.

CAA Records 2004-Pres.      Conf.          Overall

New Hampshire                         51-21            82-34

James Madison                         50-22            79-35

Richmond                                      42-30            72-43

Villanova                                        42-31            67-45

Delaware                                       37-35            68-46

Maine                                              36-36            54-53

William & Mary                            35-38            59-51

Towson                                           23-49            45-60

Rhode Island                                 16-59            28-56

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, 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)               JMU      Last

Opponent                              Overall         Met

Boston University*                 5-1-0          1997

Connecticut*                            4-1-0          1999

Delaware                                  8-12-0         2010

Georgia State                           1-0-0          2012

Hofstra*                                       6-3-0          2009

Maine                                         11-5-0         2012

Massachusetts*                       7-8-1          2011

New Hampshire                      7-7-0          2011

Northeastern*                         12-8-0         2007

Old Dominion                          0-2-0          2012

Rhode Island                             8-3-0          2012

Richmond                                13-17-0        2012

Towson                                      18-5-1         2012

Villanova                                  11-10-0        2012

William & Mary                     20-15-0        2012

Totals                                      131-97-2     (.574)

 

The Road In the CAA Is Not Kind to the Dukes: To be the best, you have to beat the best and James Madison has too much of that on the road, according to the current polls. All four of JMU's road conference opponents are at least receiving votes, starting with Sept. 28's game at Delaware (RV). Also on the list are trips to William & Mary (Oct. 26 - RV), New Hampshire (Nov. 9 - #7/10) and Towson (Nov. 23 - #2/3).

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.

Putting Points on the Board Early: James Madison got off to solid starts in its three of its first four games this year. In those games, the Dukes punched the ball into the end zone on their first possession and all 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. Most recently in the win over Charlotte, JMU used its first possession to go 76 yards in 12 plays, capped off by redshirt-senior running back Dae'Quan Scott's 9-yard touchdown run.

National Rankings: JMU came 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 fourth week of play, Madison moved up to 14th in both the Coaches Poll and The Sports Network Poll.

Ranking High In the Opening Weekends of Play: JMU finds itself among the leaders in the nation in various statistical categories in the opening week of the play. Defensively, Madison ranks sixth in total defense at 275.3 yards per game, 12th in sacks at 3.50 a contest, 16th in scoring defense at 19.0 points per game, 16th in rushing defense at 101.8 yards per game and 28th in passing defense, giving up 173.5 yards per game.  Offensively, the Dukes' average of 252.3 rushing yards per game is 12th, while the 445.00 total yards ranks 28th among FCS teams.

      Individually, redshirt-senior Dae'Quan Scott leads the CAA and is fifth nationally in rushing per game at 148.3 yards per game. He is also 11th in all-purpose yards at 169.75 and 16th in scoring at 10.5 points per game. Redshirt-senior linebacker Stephon Robertson is also first in the CAA and 17th nationally at 11.3 tackles a contest.

Last Time Out - Enduring the Rain to Defeat Charlotte: After a quick start Saturday night by Charlotte at a rainy Bridgeforth Stadium, No. 16/17 James Madison football rode a big day from redshirt-senior Dae’Quan Scott to a 34-7 win over visiting Charlotte, Sept. 21. With the victory in their final non-conference game, the Dukes are now 3-0 at home this season.

      Led by Scott and quarterback Michael Birdsong, the offense racked up 522 total yards. Scott received a heavy workload, carrying the ball a personal-best 35 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns while Birdsong was 20-for-28 through the air for 201 yards and a score.

      Scott eclipsed 100-yards rushing for the fourth straight game and the 16th time in his career to move into third all-time in career-rushing yards (2,886 yards).  Birdsong passed for more than 200 yards for the second time this season. (Complete recap on page 21.)

Last Meeting In 2010 - Hens Escape Bridgeforth With Victory: Junior Mike Perry connected on a 28-yard field goal with three seconds remaining after Delaware used a 14-play drive in almost seven minutes to lift the visitors past James Madison 13-10 in a Colonial Athletic Association football clash.

      Delaware won for the first time in Harrisonburg since 2001 and snapped JMU’s seven-game winning streak, which started in 2009 in Newark.  The streak was the second-longest in the nation entering the day.

      The game was a tight, defensive battle that came down to the last team with possession.  After a JMU three-and-out with the score tied 10-10, the Blue Hens took possession on the 20-yard line.  Redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Sasek drove UD to the JMU 11 in a drive that lasted 6:42.  His final play centered the ball between the hashes to set up Perry’s 28-yard game winner.

      The Dukes outgained the Blue Hens 283-206 but were severely hampered by 10 penalties for a total of 81 yards, including several that negated lengthy returns in the kicking game. (Complete recap on page 20.)

Robertson CAA Defensive Player of the Week: Redshirt-senior lineback Stephon Robertson was named the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Sept. 23. It is the first time this season and third in his career he has earned the honor.

      Robertson racked up a team-high 12 tackles, including six solo, to pace a Dukes defense that held Charlotte to a single first-quarter score in Saturday's 34-7 win. CAA Football's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year would also force and recover a fumble that then led to a Dukes touchdown on the ensuing play. The win over the 49ers marked the fourth-straight game that Robertson led the team in tackles and his third with at least 10 tackles in 2013.

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 four contests, giving him 16 for his career. Most recently, Scott recorded a career-high 35 carries for 176 yards and two scores in the rain-drenched victory over Charlotte, Sept. 21. On Sept. 14, he had a then 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 third with 2,885 yards, now 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, a mark that now stands at 37. He also ranks second at JMU in career scoring with 222 points, just nine behind all-time leader David Rabil (2003-06) at 231 points. In addition, the Staunton, Va., native is currently tied for fourth in career rushing touchdowns at JMU with 29.

      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 a team-high 12 total tackles with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the win over Charlotte, making his fourth game in a row to lead JMU in tackles.

      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 contributed five pass breakups last season, along with 8.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks. He recorded double-digit tackles in seven of 11 games last season, including five of the last seven - all CAA games.

      In his career, Robertson has started in all 38 games played. He has amassed 349 career tackles, an average of 9.18 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.

Getting the Sack Attack Going: With leadership from the defensive coaching staff, including the addition of defensive line coach Jeff Hanson, the Dukes' defense has found itself in the opponent's backfield more this year. Last year, JMU recorded 18 sacks and 60 tackles for loss. After not recording a sack in the opener, Madison now has 14 sacks in the last 3 games and 31 total tackles for loss on the season. Senior defensive tackle Jordan Stanton leads the team with 3.5 sacks, while junior defensive end Brandon Lee has a team-high 5.5 tackles for loss.

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, 12 players have had catches this season for the Dukes, just three 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 82-of-84 in his career in point after attempts, giving him 169 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

 

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. He also was 20-for-28 for 201 yards and one touchdown for his second career 200-yard pass game.

        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.

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. However, he missed part of the Akron game and the entire Saint Francis and Charlotte games due to an ankle injury. He is expected to return this week in the CAA opener at Delaware.

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 106 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 in August. Robertson was a first-team selection at linebacker, while Marlowe was on the second team at safety.

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.

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 106-66 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.)  106-66        .616             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            3-1               0-0

Totals     106-66        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 three 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. Rookie Earl Watford is on the offensive line for the Arizona Cardinals. 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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