From ECAC & JMU Dispatches
CAPE COD, Mass., Jan. 8, 2009 – James Madison senior quarterback Rodney Landers (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) Thursday was named the 2008 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Football Championship Subdivision Player of the Year. Landers was among four Dukes named to the 25-man team, 11 on offense and defense and three specialists.
Joining Landers on the team from JMU were senior center Scott Lemn (
Landers during the 2008 season passed for 1,534 yards and 21 touchdowns with only four interceptions and ran for 1,770 yards and 16 touchdowns . The Walter Payton Award runner-up ranked eighth nationally in rushing yards per game (126.4) and led the Dukes into the NCAA semifinals and to a 12-2 record.
Landers earlier was named the offensive player of the year in the Colonial Athletic Association and the Dudley Award winner as the leading Division I college player in
William & Mary freshman running back Jonathan Grimes was named the 2008 ECAC FCS Rookie of the Year. Grimes finished the season with 929 yards rushing and seven touchdowns while also returning 22 kickoffs for 539 yards and a score. He also was offensive rookie of the year in the CAA.
JMU’s four selections led the team, and
The ECAC will honor the players and rookies of the year in each of its divisions and regions Feb. 24, 2009 at the annual Eastern College Football Awards Banquet presented by FieldTurf Tarkett, an event held in the Pegasus Restaurant at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, N.J.
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 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.
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.
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
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2008 ECAC FCS All-Stars
Player of the Year
Rodney Landers Sr. QB James Madison
Rookie of the Year
Jonathan Grimes Fr. RB William & Mary
Rodney Landers, Sr., QB, James Madison
David Sinsi, Jr., RB, Monmouth
Rashad Jennings, Sr., RB,
Mike Boyle, Sr., WR,
Bobby Sewall, Jr., WR, Brown
Scott Sicko, Jr., TE,
Nick Hennessey, Sr., OL, Colgate
Jon Leible, Sr., OL,
Raphael Nguti, Sr., OL Albany
Scott Lemn, Sr., OL, James Madison
Shane Kelley, Sr., OL, Brown
Jovan Belcher, Sr., DL,
Greg Miller, Sr., DL, Villanova
Adrian Tracy, Jr., DL, William & Mary
Matt Curtis, Sr., DL, Harvard
Andy Romans, Sr., LB,
Bobby Abare, Sr., LB, Yale
Josh Jennings, Jr., LB,
Andrew Berry, Sr., DB, Harvard
Dave Casale, Jr., DB,
Courtney Robinson, Sr., DB,
Marcus Haywood, Sr., DB, James Madison
Andrew Samson, So., K,
Brett Arnold, Sr., P,
Scotty McGee, Jr., James Madison
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