HARRISONBURG, Va. - For the 2010 season, nine players for JMU football were named to the Colonial Athletic Association Football Academic All-Conference team. Roane Babington (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee), Brian Barlow (Stephens City, Va./Sherando), Donnell Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory), Drew Dudzik (Clifton,Va./Centreville) and Dixon Wright (Crossnore, N.C./Avery County) were named for the offensive team. The defensive team included Adrian Cavanaugh (Ashland, Va./Patrick Henry), Nick Emmons (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis), Matt Goff (Fairfax, Va./Robinson) and Tyler Snow (Vinton, Va./William Byrd).
The Dukes' nine honorees placed them fifth among the CAA football schools. Massachusetts led the selections with 15 scholar-athletes, then Delaware with 14, followed by a tie between Towson and Rhode Island with 12.
Four seniors represented JMU in the selections. Of those, Dudzik, Brown and Goff share the same academic program as kinesiology/sports management majors. Quarterback and co-captain Dudzik, his first season as starting quarterback, started 10 games. He threw for 1,282 passing yards and five touchdowns on 99 completions. Brown played 11 games as fullback and served as co-captain for the Dukes. Brown was a proven leader on the field, serving as a tough and gritty blocker for the offense and special teams. Goff was the placeholder for all 11 games this season and never recorded a miscue, while also serving as punter in special situations, pinning the opponent inside its 20 on three of his four punts. The final senior, Emmons, is a psychology major. On the defensive line for the Dukes, he earned five tackles in two starts before an injury ended his season. Emmons has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, and he will return for the 2011 season.
The Academic All-Conference Team's five other Dukes were a pair of juniors and three sophomores. Babington, a junior history major, started in all 11 games this season at center for the Dukes after starting at offensive guard last season, earning 2010 Second-Team All-CAA honors. Wright, a junior computer information systems major, kicked in seven games this season, hitting all 12 of his extra point attempts and was 3-for-5 on field goals. This is his second season receiving CAA All-Academic honors.
A justice studies major, sophomore defensive lineman Cavanaugh played in four games and recorded one tackle on the season. Snow, a sophomore history major, started nine games on the defensive line and recorded 41 tackles, one sack and one blocked kick. He earned his starting spot after tallying seven tackles in the win at Virginia Tech in September. To round out the four kinesiology/sports management majors recognized, Barlow started in eight games in his sophomore season as a tight end and recorded 115 receiving yards.
The CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team makes eligible any starter or important reserve that has a cumulative GPA of 3.00-or-better (on a 4.00 scale) for his entire academic career. Besides Dixon, all of the JMU scholar-athletes chosen this year were first-year honorees.
The Dukes will open the 2011 season at North Carolina on Sat., Sept. 3. This will be the second-ever meeting between the two programs.