HARRISONBURG, Va. - The James Madison football program had five players named to their respective position watch lists by College Football Performance Awards, the organization announced. Redshirt-junior Dae'Quan Scott (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) was named to the running back list, with redshirt-senior Brian Barlow (Stephens City, Va./Sherando) named to the 25-person tight end watch list. Redshirt-junior Stephon Robertson (Alexandria, Va./Edison) was named to the linebackers' watch list while redshirt-junior kicker Cameron Starke (Halifax, Va./Halifax County (West Virginia)) and redshirt-senior David Skahn (Centreville, Va./Westfield) earned spots on their respective lists.
A native of Staunton, Va., Scott was the Dean Ehlers Award winner for the football program as the Most Valuable Performer in 2011 and is a 2012 Sports Network Preseason Third Team All-American as an all-purpose player as well as Preseason All-CAA as a kick returner. Also named Second Team All-CAA as both a running back and punt returner, Scott rushed for 1,241 yards and 12 touchdowns on 220 carries, while adding 10 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. A key part of JMU's run to the NCAA Playoff Second Round, Scott ranks fifth in school history for single-season rushing yards with 1,241 and fourth for rushing touchdowns in a season with 12. Scott rushed for a career-high and team season-high 251 rushing yards and 11th 200-yard game in school history, which was the second-most single-game rushing yards in school history.
Also a Preseason All-CAA pick this year, Barlow was a Second Team All-CAA selection at H-Back this past season after leading JMU in receptions with 33 catches for 316 yards and a touchdown. He had five catches for 31 yards in the season opener at North Carolina. He later recorded a career-high eight receptions for 79 yards, including a season-long reception of 30 yards, at Old Dominion. He also had four receptions for 34 yards in the NCAA Second Round at North Dakota State.
A rising redshirt junior, Robertson is a Preseason All-CAA pick this year coming off selection as a 2011 First Team All-CAA and Roanoke Times First Team Division I All-State selection after leading the team and ranking 10th in the CAA with 113 tackles, including 61 solo tackles, 9.0 tackles for a loss and two sacks. Selected as a 2012 Sports Network Preseason Third Team All-American, he added one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and nine passes defended, while recording seven or more tackles in 10 of 13 games, with 10 or more in six of them. He earned a career-high 14 tackles, including two for a loss, in the home opener against Central Connecticut State. He was named CAA Defensive Player of the Week after recording six tackles, one tackle for a loss, two pass breakups and a forced fumble in win at William & Mary. He also tallied 11 total tackles with 0.5 tackle for loss and one pass breakup in the NCAA Second Round game at North Dakota State.
Starke served as JMU's primary place kicker last year, becoming the first kicker in school history to hit a pair of last-second game-winning field goals in a single season, putting through game winners on the final play at Liberty and in the NCAA First Round at Eastern Kentucky. He tied a single-season school record with 15 field goals in 2011, going 15-for-19 on field goals with a long of 44. He also was 32-for-33 on extra point attempts and collected three touchbacks in 44 kickoff attempts. Starke finished the season with 79 points, which ranks 10th in JMU history for a season.
A Second-Team All-CAA pick in 2011, Skahn averaged 40.1 yards per punt on 67 attempts with a long of 56. On the season, 20 of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, six punts went at least 50 yards and only 13 punts (19 percent) of his punts were returned on the season. His season-best game in 2011 came in the rain at William & Mary where he averaged 47.6 yards on five punts, including two downed inside the 20 in the victory over the Tribe. He also averaged 44.3 yards on seven punts with four inside the 20 in the win over Richmond. For his career, Skahn is averaging 39.7 yards per punt on 115 kicks, with 31 of them finishing inside the 20.