Concluding the 2010 Season: The James Madison football squad wraps up its 2010 season on the road at Maine this afternoon.This is the second straight time the two programs have met in the regular season finale, with JMU earning last year's victory in Harrisonburg.
The Coaches: James Madison Head Coach Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, '76) is in his 12th season at JMU and as a head coach overall with a 87-56 record.
Maine Head Coach Jack Cosgrove (Maine, '78) is in his 17th year as coach of the Black Bears and as a head coach overall, posting a 97-107 mark.
History With Maine: Today's contest is the 14th meeting in the history between the Dukes and Black Bears. Madison holds a distinctive 9-4 lead in the series, with victories in the last four meetings. JMU holds winning records both home and road against Maine. including a 4-3 mark in Orono and wins in the last two trips. The most recent road JMU victory was a 24-10 win in 2008.
Current JMU Head Coach Mickey Matthews 5-4 in his tenure against the Black Bears, including 2-3 on the road.
Maine -- JMU leads 9-4 (Home 5-1, Away 4-3)
Date Location Result Score
9/30/95 Away W 21-17
10/5/96 Home W 31-7
9/27/97 Away W 24-22
10/24/98 Home W 34-28
11/6/99 Away L 20-26
11/4/00 Home W 22-7
9/29/01 Away L 3-13
10/5/02 Home L 6-17
10/25/03 Away L 13-20
10/16/04 Away W 24-20
10/8/05 Home W 38- 2
9/27/08 Away W 24-10
11/7/09 Home W 22-14
Scott, Roach Earn Weekly Honors: James Madison's Dae'Quan Scott and Josh Roach were named CAA Rookie and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, as announced by the conference office today. Both have earned weekly honors for the first time in their careers.
In addition, Scott was named The Sports Network National Freshman of the Week for his play against William & Mary.
Scott picked up his two honors after leading James Madison to an upset win of then-No. 1 William and Mary Saturday in Harrisonburg. The redshirt-freshman replaced senior Drew Dudzik at quarterback and garnered 125 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. Scott and the Dukes did not attempt or complete a pass during his time at quarterback Saturday against the Tribe, racking all of their 266 yards of offense up on the ground. Prior to Scott's move to quarterback Saturday, the Staunton, Va., native had played receiver in nine contests having made 16 catches for 206 yards and one touchdown.
Roach helped spark a James Madison upset of No. 1 William and Mary, 30-24, Saturday in Harrisonburg. The junior linebacker broke through on a Tribe punt attempt from the William and Mary 28-yardline and got a hand on the kick. The Dukes' D.J. Bryant picked up the loose ball and returned two yards for a touchdown. Roach, who played in a reserve role on defense for JMU Saturday, also contributed two assisted tackles in the victory.
Closing Out the Regular Season: Under Head Coach Mickey Matthews, the Dukes are 7-4 in regular-season finales, riding a six-game streak in those contests into today's game. On the road, JMU is just 4-3 but has picked up victories in the last three road closers.
Sullivan Posts Second Straight Century Game: Redshirt-senior Jamal Sullivan made it back-to-back 100-yard rushing games with his 121 rushing yards in the win over #1 William & Mary, Nov. 13. This followed his career bests of 27 rushes for 137 yards and the Dukes' lone touchdown at Richmond. He is now at 1,496 career rushing yards as the leading current career rusher on the roster.
Who Needs To Go Through the Air?: Certainly that was the case for JMU in its victory over No. 1 William & Mary last weekend. For the first time in its Division I history, Madison did not complete a pass and only attempted on pass in the win over the Tribe. The previous low was two completions in three other Division I games that the Dukes had played in the program's history, while the one attempt broke the school record in any game, which previously was four against Randolph-Macon in 1979 while JMU was Division II.
Close Battles: JMU has been in battles throughout the 2010 season. Of the 10 games this season, eight of them have been decided by seven points or less, with the Dukes posting a 4-4 mark in those games, including just a 2-4 record in CAA game.
Defense Standing Up to the Test: JMU's defense has shown its toughness throughout the season and could make its mark on the record book since it joined Division I. Currently, the Dukes could set three records, with the fourth a possibility. Below is the record list (11-game marks) and current season mark:
Category Record Current
Fewest Points 156 (1987) 152
Fewest Touchdowns 19 (1987, 1989) 14
Fewest Rushing Touchdowns 6 (2004) 4
Fewest Total Yards 2,904 (1989) 2,875
Last Time Between the Dukes and Black Bears: James Madison jumped out to a 22-0 lead through three quarters and held on for the 22-14 victory while benefitting from six Maine turnovers in a Colonial Athletic Association football contest Nov. 7, 2009 at Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field.
Justin Thorpe, the CAA Rookie of the Week for his play against the Black Bears, had 216 yards of total offense. He completed nine of 13 passes for 133 yards and ran 17 times for a net of 83 yards. Jamal Sullivan rushed 22 times for 83 yards as the pair accounted for 299 total yards. Dukes got interceptions from Ronnell Brown, Leavander Jones, Vidal Nelson and Chase Williams.
The Dukes led in total offense 328-309 yards and forced four interceptions and two fumbles by the Black Bears. JMU had a 195-49 rushing advantage for the game. Pat Williams led JMU with 11 total tackles. The
Warren Smith completed 25 of 42 passes for 178 yards for Maine with one touchdown and three interceptions. Mike Brusko caught 12 passes, one short of the stadium record, for 90 yards while also throwing an 82-yard touchdown on a fake punt in the fourth quarter. (Full recap on page 22).
Last Time Out - Knocking Off No. 1: Behind redshirt-freshman Dae'Quan Scott's 125 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, the JMU football team celebrated Senior Day by upsetting #1 William & Mary, 30-24, Nov. 13 at Bridgeforth Stadium. The win snapped the Dukes' four-game losing streak.
Scott came in and ran at the quarterback slot for the majority of the game and made an offensive impact, scoring the three offensive touchdowns for JMU on runs of 16, 3 and 31 yards in the game.
William & Mary outgained JMU 336-266 in the game, including 250 yards of passing. However, all of JMU's yards came on the ground, as the Dukes set a school record with no pass completions for the first time in their Division I playing history and only the second time in school history, as they only attempted one pass on the afternoon. The Tribe also held a slight advantage of two minutes in time of possession, while also converting 7-of-15 third-down attempts as compared to JMU's 3-of-9.
The Dukes were led by Scott's 125 rushing yards, while redshirt-senior Jamal Sullivan had 17 carries for 121 yards on the day. This marked the first time Madison had a pair of 100-yard rushers in a game since Rodney Landers (166) and Eugene Holloman (116) did in NCAA first round vs. Wofford at Bridgeforth Stadium on Nov. 29, 2008. Linebacker Pat Williams led all tacklers with 11 total tackles, while Jackson and safety Jon Williams each added 10, with Jon also posting four pass breakups. (Full recap on page 23).
Road Games A Battle Under Matthews: Over the past 11-plus years under Head Coach Mickey Matthews, the Dukes are 33-37 overall. However, six of them were against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. The numbers improve greatly since the start of the 2004 campaign, as the Dukes are 25-16 on the road in that time, with four of those losses coming against FBS squads.
Robertson In On the Tackle: That is a phrase that has become very familiar to the Dukes when it comes to redshirt-freshman linebacker Stephon Robertson. He is tied for the Dukes' lead and tied for eighth in the CAA in total tackles with 90, eighth in tackles per game at 9.0 and tied for 10th in total tackles for loss with 9.5. What is even more impressive about that is that Robertson had just two tackles in the season opener against Morehead State, but had 13 tackles each at Virginia Tech, against Liberty and at Towson. In addition, he had eight tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, against Delaware. Last week, Robertson recorded six tackles, including 0.5 tackle for loss in the win over then-No. 1 William & Mary. However, Robertson will be out the Maine contest from suspension due to his ejection from the game with the Tribe.
Injuries Playing a Role: Of the 22 starters listed on the preseason depth chart, 10 of them have missed at least one game due to injury, with four of them suffering season-ending injuries. Additionally, one was lost for the year due to academic issues, bringing the total to 10 preseason starters that have lost at least one game.
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 11-plus years at the helm, JMU has a 54-18 (.750) 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 3-2 at home, its seventh straight winning season at home and followed it with a .500 record this season at home, going 3-3.
Bridgeforth Renovation Starts Up Again: The second phase of the Bridgeforth Stadium renovation began this week and is set to be completed in August 2011. The next phase will include the completion of the club level as well as the addition of suites, a second deck and new press box, while bringing the capacity of the stadium to approximately 25,000 seats.
Can It BE Any Tougher?: JMU again sports one of the toughest schedules in FCS football, with the fourth-ranked schedule in FCS Football, according to the NCAA Nov. 14, with five of the top eight spots occupied by Colonial Athletic Association squads. The Dukes were one of six Colonial Athletic Association squads picked among the top 25 in The Sports Network Preseason Poll and eight total squads receiving votes. Villanova was picked to defend its national title from a year ago, William & Mary was picked fourth, followed by Richmond in sixth, New Hampshire in 10th, JMU and Delaware. Maine and Massachusetts also were within the next 15 vote getters outside the top 25, giving the league eight of the top 40 teams in the country. CAA Football has had a national finalist in each of the past four seasons and six of the last seven, including national champions Delaware (2003), James Madison (2004) and Richmond (2008) to go along with Villanova last season.
In addition to those five games scheduled against preseason ranked CAA opponents, the Dukes also played Preseason-Big South Conference favorite and three-time defending league champion Liberty at Bridgeforth Stadium, defeating the Flames 13-10 on Sept. 25. JMU also picked up the thrilling 21-16 win at the Football Bowl Subdivision's Virginia Tech, who was ranked sixth in the USA Today's top-25 poll and eighth in ESPN.com's power rankings. That gives the Dukes nine of its 11 games against opponents ranked in the top 25 or receiving votes nationally in their respective preseason polls.
Second Half Struggles: Madison has struggled to put points on the scoreboard in the second half this season. Prior to the William & Mary game last week, the Dukes had managed just 41 points combined in the third and fourth quarters. However, the defense has also been stingy in the second half, giving up just 55 points and keeping JMU in those contests.
Last week, the Dukes offense got on track in the second half, posting 14 offensive points in the win over the then-No. 1 Tribe.
In the first six CAA games this year, the Dukes scored just a combined 10 points while giving up 48. JMU has averaged 73.7 rushing yards less in the second half of the six games, going from an average of 114.2 yards on the ground in the first half to just 60.5 in the second, while also dropping from 8.2 first downs in the first half to just 6.7 in the second.
Defensively, the injuries' impact on depth has shown, as Madison's defense was averaging giving up just 133.2 yards of offense in the first half but going up to 160.0 yards in the second, including 36 more rushing yards in the second half on average. The time of possession also flips between halves, as JMU averaged almost 31 minutes of possession in the first half while going down to 29:46 in the second.
Matthews The Winningest: Mickey Matthews (1999-2008) became JMU's winningest football coach Sept. 27, 2008 in a 24-10 victory at Maine. The win gave the then-10th-year Dukes coach a 68-45 JMU record.
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. He was with the team at Maine for a special team presentation to Matthews in recognition of the coach's accomplishment.
JMU'S COACHING RECORDS
Coach (Years) W-L Pct. NCAA
Mickey Matthews (1999-Pres.) 87-56 .608 5
Alex Wood (1995-98) 23-22 .511 1
Rip Scherer (1991-94) 29-19 .604 2
Joe Purzycki (1985-90) 34-30-2 .530 1
Challace McMillin (1972-84) 67-56-1 .544 0
* 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 and 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 5-5 2-5
Totals 87-56 57-41
Dukes After A Loss Under Matthews: In its 11-plus seasons under current Head Coach Mickey Matthews, James Madison has a 25-23 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 13-8 in those games after a loss, including last week's win over then-No. 1 William & Mary. Also, JMU has only had four multiple-game losing streaks since 2004, with the longest a four-game skid last season and this year's four-game streak before it was snapped last week with the victory over the Tribe.
All-Time Versus the CAA: For the last six-plus seasons, there has not been a better team in league action in the Colonial Athletic Assocation than James Madison. During that time span, the Dukes have put together a 39-16 conference mark, one game better than New Hampshire, the next team in the rankings at 37-17. Overall JMU is 58-24 in that span, surpassed only by New Hampshire's 60-21 mark.
CAA Records 2004-10 Conf. Overall
James Madison 39-16 59-24
New Hampshire 38-17 61-21
Massachusetts 35-18 53-27
Richmond 35-17 57-25
Villanova 32-22 47-29
Delaware 28-24 48-32
William & Mary 26-25 43-33
Maine 26-26 37-38
Towson 10-42 24-48
Rhode Island 10-41 21-51
No longer playing
Hofstra** 18-30 31-37
Northeastern** 16-32 20-47
NOTE: During this time period, CAA teams each season played each of 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, the league will eliminate the divisions and be one unified standings.
JMU vs. CAA Teams (* Former league teams)
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 9-4-0 2009
Massachusetts 6-8-1 2010
New Hampshire 7-6-0 2010
Northeastern 12-8-0 2007
Rhode Island 6-3-0 2007
Richmond 12-16-0 2010
Towson 17-5-1 2010
Villanova 10-9-0 2010
William & Mary 18-15-0 2010
In the National Rankings: The Dukes are making their mark on the national statistical rankings. JMU is fourth in scoring defense (15.20) and eighth in total defense (287.50 yards per game). Additionally, Madison is ranked in the top 30 in six other categories, including attendance average (9th, 16,597), attendance based on percentage of capacity (11th, 105.76%), fourth-down percentage defense (14th, 28.57), net punting (35.52, 20th), passing defense (22nd, 164.70), kickoff returns (23rd, 22.84), rushing defense (122.80, 27th) and third-down percentage (41.30, 29th). (Complete chart of CAA and NCAA Rankings are is on page 18.)
JMU's National Rankings: Until the Oct. 19, 2009 polls, JMU was ranked in all but three top-25 FCS polls by The Sports Network since early during its national title season of 2004. JMU has only missed being ranked in the top 25 in 12 polls during that six-plus year span total and just fell out of the top 25 in both major national polls (The Sports Network and FCS Coaches) heading into this week's game against #1/2 William & Mary.
The Dukes moved into the top-25 rankings Sept. 20, 2004 and won that year's NCAA Division I-AA national title. They since had been out of the top 25 for only three weeks in a TSN poll since until finishing out of the polls for the last five weeks last year.
In 2008, JMU was voted No. 1 in the Sept. 22 FCS coaches' poll, the first time it had held the top spot in the coaches' since the 2005 season. They moved back into the poll for the final 2005 voting (25th) and hadn't been lower than 17th in or The Sports Network poll since early in the 2005 season (JMU's first regular-season appearance at the top). JMU assumed the No. 1 TSN poll position Sept. 29.
Coming off its 2004 national title season -- when the Dukes were voted to the No. 1 position in the final FCS polls -- JMU was the FCS' No. 1 team in the 2005 preseason polls and through the first week of the 2005 regular season.
This season, JMU were in the top 25 in the first 10 polls before falling into the receiving votes category the last two weeks.
Dudzik Goes to the Air: Redshirt-senior quarterback Drew Dudzik put together one of his best passing games of his career at Villanova, Oct. 23. Dudzik was 22-for-32 (both career highs) for 213 yards against the Wildcats, just the second time in his career he has surpassed the 200-yard mark. He just missed a personal best for passing yards in a game, which is 214 in the 2009 game against VMI.
Family Ties: Several current Dukes had family ties to JMU athletics before joining the Dukes' program as players, including the following:
- Senior fullback Donnell Brown (Chesapeake, Va.) and junior defensive tackle Ronnell Brown are twins and are brothers of former JMU tight end/fullback Marvin Brown (2004-07), a member of JMU's 2004 NCAA championship team.
- Senior quarterback Drew Dudzik's (Clifton, Va.) father, Mike, lettered as a JMU quarterback in 1980.
- Freshman wide receiver Anthony Rose (Amherst, Va.) joins redshirt-freshman weak safety Peter Rose and redshirt-junior strong safety Jon Rose on the squad.
Oh Captain, My Captains: The Dukes voted and elected five captains for the 2010 season, with four seniors and one junior. The four seniors come from the offensive side of the ball in running back Griff Yancey, fullback Donnell Brown, quarterback Drew Dudzik and tackle Theo Sherman, with the lone junior being the only defensive player selected in safety Vidal Nelson.
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 11-plus years at the helm, JMU has a 54-18 (.750) 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 3-2 at home, its seventh straight winning season at home, while this season the Dukes posted their eighth straight .500 or better year with a 3-3 mark.
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
Totals 54-18 33-16
James Madison Football On TV: The Dukes will be on television four times this year, with three of them at the friendly confines of Bridgeforth Stadium. The first was the Oct. 2 home contest against Delaware followed by the New Hampshire loss at home, Oct. 16. Also on the slate are the home game against Massachusetts on Oct. 30 with the final the road contest at Richmond on Nov. 6.
In addition, the Dukes game at Virginia Tech on Sept. 11 will be broadcast on the internet on ESPN's broadband channel, ESPN3.com.
Including the Virginia Tech game, the Dukes were 1-4 in televised games this season.
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 now 9-3 in games after a bye, with two of those losses coming in the 2001 season and the last a 17-16 heartbreaking loss to Richmond in 2007.
Football Received Votes In The AP Poll For FBS Football: On the heels of a stunning 21-16 win at FBS #13 Virginia Tech, the James Madison football squad received 11 points in the AP Poll for FBS Football, Sept. 12, 2010. This is the first time JMU has appeared in this national poll.
James Madison received 11 points in last week's poll, landing on the ballots of two voters -- Ray Ratto of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in California and Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News. The Dukes continued their appearance in the poll on Sept. 19, as Madison received eight points in the voting. However, Madison was not in the Sept. 26 listing.
The Hokies were the second ranked FBS team to lose to an FCS team in the history of the AP poll. The first was Michigan, which was No. 5 when it lost to Appalachian State to start the 2007 season. The victory caused The Associated Press to change its policy and allow voters to vote for teams in what used to be called I-AA.
Starting Out 3-0: This season marked the first time under Head Coach Mickey Matthews that the Dukes started the season 3-0. His previous best starts were 2-0 with both ending at the hands of FBS opponents. In 2004, JMU was 2-0 before a 45-10 loss at West Virginia. Madison was also 2-0 in 2000 before a 26-7 defeat at South Florida. This year, the Dukes already have a win at then-FBS No. 13 Virginia Tech.
The last time JMU started the season 3-0 was in 1996 under Alex Wood, when the team finished 7-4. However, that squad did not play a FBS opponent during the season.That was the only time in the program's I-AA/FCS history that the Dukes started a season 3-0.
Before that, there were two seasons that Madison won at least its first three games. One was in 1978 when the team opened with four straight wins to start the season and the other in 1976, winning three straight, both coming under Challace McMillin.
Football's Cuffee, Robertson Collect Player Of The Week Honors: For their roles in the 10-3 win over then-No. 21 Liberty, junior cornerback Taveion Cuffee (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial (Fork Union)) and redshirt freshman linebacker Stephon Robertson (Alexandria, Va./Edison) received honors from the Colonial Athletic Association, Sept. 27. Cuffee was honored as the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week while Robertson was selected as the CAA Rookie of the Week. Robertson picked up his second Rookie of the Week honor this season in three games played.
Cuffee logged CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week honors after helping James Madison to a 10-3 win over Liberty Saturday. The junior blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt which would have pulled the Flames to within one point of James Madison early in the third quarter. The Dukes recovered and marched 54 yards before notching a 22-yard field goal for the final score in the game, 10-3. Cuffee also recorded an interception with two minutes left to play, giving James Madison the ball back to end the game. Defensively Cuffee broke up a pass and made a season-high seven tackles in the win.
Robertson was CAA Football Rookie of the Week after leading a James Madison defense which limited Liberty to just three points in a 10-3 win in Harrisonburg. Robertson logged a game-high 13 tackles for the Dukes, while allowing Liberty only 61 rushing yards on 32 carries. The JMU defense allowed Flame QB Mike Brown to tally 229 yards of total offense, nearly 100 yards off his season average, and kept Liberty out of the endzone for the first time since 2006.
Football's Dudzik, Robertson Collect Player Of The Week Honors: On the heels of James Madison's 21-16 victory over FBS No. 13 Virginia Tech, redshirt senior quarterback Drew Dudzik (Clifton, Va./Centreville) and redshirt freshman linebacker Stephon Robertson (Alexandria, Va./Edison) received honors from the Colonial Athletic Association and other national media.
Dudzik was honored as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week while Robertson was selected as the CAA Co-Rookie of the Week. Robertson was also one of five players honored by the College Sporting News among the FCS National All-Stars.
Dudzik earns the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week honor after leading James Madison to a 21-16 win over nationally-ranked Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. The senior, responsible for all three of the Dukes' touchdowns, was 5-of-8 for 121 yards and one touchdown passing and rushed 12 times for 35 yards and the other two TDs. Under Dudzik's leadership, the JMU offense did not commit a turnover, converted 7-of-12 third-down opportunities, scored touchdowns in both redzone trips and won the time of possession battle by more than six minutes in the second half. James Madison's win at Virginia Tech marked CAA Football's 10th win over an FBS/BCS foe in five years, its fifth such win in the last two years, the league's third over an ACC opponent in two years, and the league's first-ever win over an FBS ranked opponent, the second in college football history.
Robertson, a CAA Football Rookie of the Week winner, proved to be one of the heroes in James Madison's 21-16 upset-win at Virginia Tech Saturday. The linebacker recorded a game-high 13 tackles, but his biggest tackle of the day was one for a seven-yard loss on Hokie running back Darren Evans. With just over five minutes left in the game, Robertson not only made the stop behind the line of scrimmage, but he also forced a fumble and halted a Virginia Tech comeback after the Dukes fell on the loose ball.
Football Defensive Staff Earns Honor: After its thrilling win over Virginia Tech, the James Madison football squad continues to receive honors, as the defensive coaching staff was named as one of the "Game Changing Coaches" by FootballScoop.com. Coaches Kyle Gillenwater (Defensive coordinator / linebackers), JC Price (Defensive line / defensive run-game coordinator), Mark Hendricks (Defensive backs). Mo Linguist (Safeties) and Isai Bradshaw (Defensive line assistant) were honored for the defense's effort in the 21-16 victory of the then-FBS #13 Hokies.
In the win, the defense held Tech to just one touchdown and two field goals in five red zone chances, while forcing three Hokie turnovers (two fumbles and one interception). The defense also limited Ryan Williams to just 91 yards and no scores on 20 carries. In addition, the only points Virginia Tech put on the board in the second half came on a field goal on the opening drive. Twice in the closing 12 minutes, the defense put the brakes on Tech in JMU territory, knocking away a pass in the end zone to get the ball back on downs and then forcing and recovering a fumble with just over five minutes to go.
The group joined the defensive staffs of Cal and Stanford and offensive staffs of Nevada and West Virginia in receiving this week's honors.
Long Going Long and In the (End) Zone: Junior wide receiver Kerby Long stepped up big in the season opening win over Morehead State, Sept. 4. Despite just touching the ball four times, Long finished with 147 yards of total offense, including career-highs of 112 receiving yards and two touchdowns on three receptions. His only non-touchdown reception was a self-tapped grab for 47 yards that put JMU in business at the Morehead 3 and led to the first score of the game.
JMU Football History: The 2010 season is JMU's 39th season of football, its 37th varsity football season, its 32nd season with football scholarship players and its 31st 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 JMU Standouts: In addition to the former Dukes recently 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.