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DUKES NAMED TO SEVEN SPORTS NETWORK ALL-AMERICA POSITIONS
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/06/2009
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Jan. 6, 2009 – James Madison players Tuesday were named to seven positions on The Sports Network’s Football Championship Subdivision All-America football team, including senior center Scott Lemn (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville), who was a first-team selection.

 

Honored from JMU as second-team choices were senior free safety Marcus Haywood (Williamsburg, Va./Bruton), senior quarterback Rodney Landers (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) and junior punt returner Scotty McGee (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes).  JMU players receiving honorable mention All-America recognition included junior offensive guard Dorian Brooks (Richmond, Va./Highland Springs), McGee as a kickoff returner, and senior placekicker Dave Stannard (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill).

 

A panel of sports information directors and media who regularly cover the FCS voted for the All-America teams.  Three teams and honorable mention honorees were named.

 

Lemn also has been named a first-team All-America by the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Foundation and was among the players named to a listing of the FCS’s top 50 players by College Sporting News.  He became a JMU starter during his freshman season and was a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection in 2007 and 2008.  JMU during the 2008 season averaged 38.1 points and 401.4 yards per game, including 282.8 yards per game rushing.

 

Haywood was an Associated Press second-team All-America after leading JMU in tackles with 101 and interceptions with five during the 2008 season.  He was a first-team All-CAA honoree and finished sixth in voting for the Buck Buchanan Award that is presented to the FCS’s top defensive player.

 

Landers was an Associated Press second-team All-America, the CAA offensive player of the year, the Dudley Award winner as Virginia’s top Division I player and a first-team All-CAA honoree.  He also was runner-up for the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the FCS after passing for 1,534 yards and 21 touchdowns and running for 1,770 yards and 16 scores during the 2008 season and was among the players named to a listing of the FCS’s top 50 players by College Sporting News.  Landers set JMU season records in 2008 for rushing yards and yards of total offense, completed 63.3 percent (112-177) of his passes with only four interceptions, and averaged 6.6 yards per rushing attempt and 126.4 rushing yards per game.

 

McGee in 2008 averaged 29.1 yards on 22 kickoff returns and 12.9 yards on 23 punt returns.  He returned three punts for touchdowns and one kickoff for a score and took part in 30 tackles while playing cornerback.  He also was among the players named to a listing of the FCS’s top 50 players by College Sporting News

 

Brooks has been a JMU starter throughout the last two seasons and with Lemn helped JMU rank fourth nationally in rushing in 2008.

 

Stannard during the 2008 season was successful on 11 of 15 field goal attempts and on 66 of 68 conversion kicks a season after connecting on 12 of 14 field goal tries and 49 of 51 conversion kicks.

 

JMU in 2008 compiled a 12-2 record, was the No. 1 seed for the FCS playoffs, and had a team-record-tying 12-game winning streak.  The Dukes won the CAA with an 8-0 record, reached the semifinals of the FCS playoffs and advanced to post-season play for the third straight season and the fourth time in five seasons.

 

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