HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison redshirt-junior safety Vidal Nelson
Va./Kellam) was named to the 2010 All-Virginia University Division Football First
Team, joining five other Dukes that were named to the second team, as announced
Thursday by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID). The teams
were selected by Sports Information Directors in Virginia at every level of
Redshirt-junior center Roane Babington (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee), redshirt-senior defensive tackle Ronnell Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory), redshirt-freshman linebacker Stephon Robertson (Alexandria, Va./Edison), sophomore safety Jackarie Jackson (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) and redshirt-freshman return specialist Dae'Quan Scott (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) were all selected to the second team.
Nelson started all 11 games at strong safety for the Dukes and was the only defensive captain on this year's team. He finished the season with 70 total tackles, the third-highest total on the team. Nelson was also solid in pass coverage, knocking down five passes on the season. In the Dukes' victory over Liberty, he accounted for 10 tackles including a season-high six solo stops. He also recorded a team-high 13 tackles as well as a sack and a forced fumble in the Dukes' loss at Richmond.
Babington anchored the Dukes' offensive line, starting all 11 games at center for JMU after starting at guard last season. He had already been named to the 2010 All-Colonial Athletic Association Second Team by the conference's head coaches.
Brown, battling injuries most of the year, started in eight of the nine games he played in, recording a career-high 28 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss. He finished the year ranked in the top-20 linemen in the CAA in tackles per game. A two-time All-CAA pick, Brown recorded a season-high six total tackles in the Dukes' loss to Delaware, as well as in the last-second victory at Maine to end the season.
Robertson, the CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year, started 10 games at linebacker for the Dukes and recorded a total of 90 tackles on the season, good for second on the nationally-ranked JMU defense. The young linebacker was named CAA Freshman of the Week in consecutive weeks in the early part of the season and never lost his form. Robertson's first weekly honor came after making a career-high 13 tackles and forcing a crucial, late-game fumble in the Dukes' dramatic upset of then 13 th -ranked Virginia Tech. The next week, in JMU's win over Liberty, he collected another 13 tackles and his second straight Freshman of the Week honor. Robertson finished the year with six or more tackles in nine straight games, including five double-digit performances.
Jackson played in all 11 games at free safety for the Dukes and started in nine of those contests. He recorded 65 tackles on the season, including 37 solo stops. Jackson tied his career-high twice with 10 tackles in both the loss to New Hampshire and the Dukes victory over then-No. 1 Wiliam & Mary. The sophomore safety also defended the pass well, accumulating two interceptions and three pass break-ups on the year.
Scott returned six punts on the season for an average of 13.2 yards per return, good enough for third-best in the CAA. His longest runback was a 53-yarder against New Hampshire that set up a second quarter go-ahead touchdown. The last two weeks of the season, Scott saw great success at quarterback for the Dukes. He earned CAA Freshman of the Week honors by rushing for a game-high 125 yards and three touchdowns to lead JMU to a victory over top-ranked W&M. The performance also led to Scott being named The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS National Freshman of the Week. He ended the season with 207 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 48 attempts, an average of 4.3 yards per carry. Scott also saw time at receiver during the season, catching 16 passes for 206 yards and one score.
Virginia Tech senior quarterback Tyrod Taylor was selected as the State Player of the Year, while his coach at VT, Frank Beamer, was named Coach of the Year after leading the Hokies to their seventh-consecutive season with at least 10 wins. University of Virginia freshman offensive tackle Morgan Moses was voted the State Rookie of the Year.