JMU Pre-game

[font=verdana][size=small]Time to move ahead to this week.

James Madison is ranked #16 in the FCS Coaches Poll and #17 in The Sports Network FCS rankings.[/size][/font]

They are coming off a 24-20 vistory over St. Francis. Here is the postgame:

CAA video preview of JMU

This could be a trap game for them… We are coming off a beating, they have Deleware the following week… I smell a look ahead.

Indubitably Watson, Indubitably!


Defensive Player of the Year - Stephon Robertson, LB, James Madison

LB - Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Sr.
S - Dean Marlow, James Madison, Jr.

Special Teams
PK - Cameron Starke, James Madison, Sr.


LOCATION: Harrisonburg, Va.

COACH: Mickey Matthews (103-65 in 14 seasons at James Madison)

LAST SEASON: 7-4 overall, 5-3 CAA; No. 19 TSN Ranking

STARTERS RETURNING: 15 (9 offense/6 defense)

OFFENSIVE STAR: TB/PR Dae’Quan Scott, R-Sr. (155 carries, 781 yards, 8 TD; 30 receptions, 295 yards, 4 TD)

DEFENSIVE STAR: MLB Stephon Robertson, R-Sr. (101 TT, 8.5 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FF)

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: QB Michael Birdsong, So. (41-of-77, 478 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT; 26 carries, 179 yards, 1 TD)

QB Quintin Hunter, R-Sr.

WR Arlandis Harvey, R-Sr. (10 receptions, 151 yards, 1 TD)

WR DeAndre Smith, Jr. (29 receptions, 323 yards, 2 TD)

LT Matt Cunningham, R-Jr.

LG Scott Jones, R-Sr.

C Matt Williams, R-Jr.

RG Erik Buchholz, R-Jr.

RT Josh Wells, R-Sr.

DT Jordan Stanton, R-Sr. (37 TT, 6 TFL, 3 sacks)

DT Alex Mosley, R-So.

DE Tyler Snow, R-Sr. (37 TT, 5 TFL, 6 QBH, 1 FR, 1 BLK)

DE Brandon Lee, R-Jr. (28 TT, 6.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 4 QBH, 1 FF, 1 BLK)

DE Sage Harold, Jr.

WLB Rhakeem Stallings, R-Fr.

CB Taylor Reynolds, R-Fr.

SS Titus Till, R-Jr. (39 TT, 2.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 2 QBH)

FS Dean Marlowe, Jr. (82 TT, 5 TFL, 3 INT, 4 PBU, 1 FF)

PK Cameron Starke, R-Sr. (10-of-14 FG, 49 long; 67 points)

BIG LOSSES: OG Earl Watford and QB Justin Thorpe (127-of-205, 1,529 yards, 11 TD, 9 INT; 151 carries, 681 yards, 10 TD)

2012 TEAM RANKINGS: Rushing Offense, 209 (19 in FCS, 4 in CAA); Passing Offense, 182.45 (48 in FCS, 6 in CAA); Total Offense, 391.45 (48 in FCS, 6 in CAA); Scoring Offense, 28.82 (44 in FCS, 6 in CAA); Rushing Defense, 122.55 (19 in FCS, 1 in CAA); Passing Defense, 200.73 (42 in FCS, 5 in CAA); Total Defense, 323.27 (23 in FCS, 2 in CAA); Scoring Defense, 21 (23 in FCS, 3 in CAA)

OUTLOOK: Birdsong’s emergency appendectomy loomed over JMU’s preseason camp, but the talented sophomore has returned to practices and hopes to be 100 percent healthy this season. He’s the trigger to the offense as the Dukes try to challenge in the competitive CAA title race. A healthier Scott also bodes well for the Dukes, who always face high expectations under Matthews, their two-time Eddie Robinson Award recipient. The athletic Wells anchors their veteran offensive line, so the offense appears ready to make some noise. The defense has ranked in the Top 15 of the FCS for five straight seasons and expects to be strong again behind Robertson, who was a Buck Buchanan Award finalist and the CAA defensive player of the year last season. Marlowe is a superb safety as well, but the defense lost a number of key players and could be more vulnerable than most seasons. The CAA schedule could catch up to the Dukes, who miss two of the second-tier teams in Maine and Rhode Island.


Aug. 31 - vs. Central Connecticut State

Sept. 7 - at Akron

Sept. 14 - vs. St. Francis (Pa.)

Sept. 21 - Charlotte

Sept. 28 - at Delaware

Oct. 5 - vs. Albany

Oct. 12 - vs. Richmond

Oct 26 - at William & Mary

Nov. 2 - vs. Villanova

Nov… 9 - at New Hampshire

Nov. 16 - vs. Stony Brook

Nov. 23 - at Towson

[size=28px][font=Arial]Bridgeforth Stadium - Home of the James Madison Dukes[/font][/size]

look at all the seniors they have. this is why we shouldn’t panic.

Honestly, I will be shocked if we win this game. I thought it was highly unlikely before last Saturday, but now I think it’s even clearer.

That said, I am excited to see how the team responds to the adversity. I think we will come out hungry and ready to play. I’ll be very happy if we make JMU work for it and keep it within two scores.

NINERS 17 jmu 48 :frowning: Despite this, I’d like to go, but cannot. Not sure many NINER fans are going to make it either. :frowning: :frowning:

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It seems to me like there are quite a few going actually and that’s not counting player pass list etc.

Since most of the score prediction generators picked us to put a hurting on NCCU, not sure I’d trust them now either.

JMU barely beat St. Francis. WTH? We’re pissed from being embarassed by NCCU. 49ers pull off the upset 21-20.

JMU also barely lost to Akron 35-33. Akron damn near beat Michigan last Saturday. JMU is legit.

JMU Board:

and this:

The second thread is amusing. Well played on their part.

This is the best team on our schedule this year, coupled with youth/inexperience could make for a long day… I hope we learned much last week.

We don’t turn it over 7 times, we are far more focused and play a hell of a game. It close going into the 4th but depth and experience prevail. JMU 34 Charlotte 23

38-14 JMU. I’d spot them more than 38 but they ground and pound so they’ll waste some time.

I think we’ll see a shootout in the first half, but their depth and experience will take over late and JMU will start to pull away. 45-24 JMU

[quote=“Mr. Bojangles, post:15, topic:28259”]JMU Board:

and this:[/quote]

Their fans are predicting a closer game than I thought they would. 2 of them even said we would win.

How many NINER fans will be there? 1,000? 2,000? 100?