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James Madison Dukes
James Madison Dukes athletic logo
UniversityJames Madison University
NicknameDukes
Team ColorsPurple and Gold
Head CoachMickey Matthews
LocationHarrisonburg, VA
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
NCAADivision I-AA
StadiumBridgeforth Stadium
MascotDuke Dog
WebsiteJMU Football Official Website

The James Madison Dukes football team is an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision team currently competing in the Colonial Athletic Association for the James Madison University. James Madison's football program made their debut in 1972 under Coach Challace McMillin but with less success, finishing the season winless in five outings. The Dukes had to wait another year to fetch their first win (a 34-8 blowout of Anne Arundel CC on Sept 22, 1973), and two more years to finish with their first winning record (6-4-0 in 1974). James Madison's steady improvement reached its pinnacle in 1975, when the team finish with a conference-best 9-0-1 record to claim the Virginia Collegiate Athletic Association Championship. Coach McMillin's 13 year stint with the team is the longest among the coaches who have coached the team since 1972. Apart from the most games coached (129), he has also set the school record for most wins with 129. The team was under Coach McMillin when it started out as an independent team, up until it became Division II Independent in 1974, as Division III Independent in 1977, and as Division I-AA Independent in 1980. The team joined the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1993 when the team was handled by Coach Rip Scherer. The following year, the Dukes finished with a division best 6-2 record to claim the Atlantic 10 - Mid Atlantic Division Championship. Several years later, Mickey Matthews took over the head coaching position to lead the Dukes to a second conference title (shared) in 1999. JMU has since then been recognized as one of the premier college football programs in the FCS. In 2004, Matthews and the Dukes solidified the upper echelon status of JMU football after claiming a share of the Atlantic 10 - South Division and Atlantic 10 Conference Championships, as well as the team's first Division I-AA National title after finishing the season with a 13-2-0 record. In 2006, JMU finished with a division-best 7-1-0 record to win their third Division title, giving Coach Matthews his fifth title overall with the Dukes.

Entering the 2007 season, JMU has won approximately 55% of their overall games, with three Conference, three Division, and one National titles tucked under its belt. JMU has also figured pretty well in the Division I-AA Final Polls in the past two decades, making the list in three successive seasons (2004-06) and reaching as high as number 1 (2004).


Contents

Ranking

  • Have not ranked in the final major college polls.


Division I-AA Final Polls
Year Record NCAA Rank Sports Network
Rank
USA/ESPN
Rank
1987 9-3-0 8
1991 9-4-0 16
1994 10-3-0 13
1995 8-4-0 13
1996 7-4-0 23
1999 8-4-0 13 12
2000 6-5-0 23
2004 13-2-0 1 1
2005 7-4-0 25
2006 9-3-0 9
2007 8-4-0 12

Scouting Report

Category CAA Rank Nat'l Rank
Scoring Offense 4 20
Scoring Defense 3 29
Total Offense 2 26
Total Defense 3 24
Turnover Margin 11 82
Pass Efficiency Defense 6 72
Kickoff Returns 4 17
Net Punting 8 65
Passing Offense 10 96
Passing Defense 6 51
Passing Efficiency 3 15
Punt Returns 7 78
Rushing Offense 1 7
Rushing Defense 3 22

Championships

National Championships

  • 2004 - NCAA Division I-AA National Champions

Conference Championships

  • 1975 - Virginia Collegiate Athletic Association Champions
  • 1999 - Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Champions
  • 2004 - Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Champions

Division Championships

  • 1994 - Atlantic 10 - Mid Atlantic Division Champions
  • 2004 - Atlantic 10 - South Division Co-Champions
  • 2006 - Atlantic 10 - South Division Champions

JMU Bowl History

  • No Major Bowl Games Played.

Schedule

James Madison Dukes 2008 Games Schedule
Date Opponent Location Result
08.30.08 Duke Durham, N.C.
09.06.08 North Carolina Central Harrisonburg, Va.
09.13.08 Massachusetts Harrisonburg, Va.
09.20.08 Appalachian State Harrisonburg, Va.
09.27.08 Maine Orono, Maine
10.04.08 Hofstra Harrisonburg, Va.
10.11.08 Richmond Richmond, Va.
10.25.08 Villanova Villanova, Pa.
11.01.08 Delaware Harrisonburg, Va.
11.15.08 William & Mary Harrisonburg, Va.
11.22.08 Towson Towson, Md.

Roster

James Madison Dukes 2008 Roster
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev. School)
1 Jamaris Sanders CB 5-10 185 Jr. Newport News, Va. (Warwick)
2 Evan McCollough CB 5-10 195 Sr. Springdale, Md. (C.H. Flowers)
5 Bosco Williams WR 6-2 220 RJr. Clifton Forge, Va. (Alleghany)
7 Rodney Landers QB 6-1 220 RSr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Tallwood)
8 Rockeed McCarter WR 6-3 215 Jr. Philadelphia, Pa. (Roman Catholic)
9 Drew Dudzik QB 6-1 195 RSo. Clifton, Va. (Centreville)
10 Patrick Ward WR 5-10 190 Sr. Harrisonburg, Va. (Harrisonburg)
11 D.J Brandon LB 6-1 230 Sr. Raleigh, N.C. (Enloe)
12 Mike Allen WR 6-0 175 RFr. Powhatan, Va. (Blessed Sacrament Huguenot)
13 Gerren Griffin WS 6-1 200 RJr. Fairburn, Ga. (Sandy Creek)
14 Eugene Holloman TB 5-11 185 RSr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Bayside)
15 Ray Brown WR 6-3 210 RJr. Clinton, Md. (C.H. Flowers)
17 Griff Yancey TB 5-10 195 RSo. Glen Allen, Va. (Hermitage)
18 Darrieus Ramsey CB 5-10 170 Sr. Yorktown, Va. (Grafton)
19 Scotty McGee CB 5-9 180 RJr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Ocean Lakes)
23 Kerby Long WR 5-11 170 RFr. Arlington, Va. (Yorktown/Fork Union)
24 Pat Williams SS 6-1 205 RFr. Virginia Beach, Va. (First Colonial)
25 Markus Hunter SS 5-9 195 RFr. High Point, N.C. (Southwest Guilford)
26 Marcus Turner WR 6-1 175 RSo. Berlin, N.J. (Eastern)
30 Scott Noble TB 5-11 205 So. Baltimore, Md. (Franklin)
31 Jon Rose TB 5-10 190 RFr. Amherst, Va. (Amherst)
32 Jon Williams WS 6-0 190 RFr. Ridgeway, Va. (Magna Vista)
33 Reggie Hicks LB 6-0 205 RJr. Kittrell, N.C. (Southern Vance)
34 Marcus Haywood FS 6-0 190 RSr. Williamsburg, Va. (Bruton)
35 Donnell Brown FB 5-10 265 RSo. Chesapeake, Va. (Hickory)
39 Josh Baird CB 5-10 180 RJr. Gainesville, Va. (Stonewall Jackson/Villanova)
40 Jason Pritchard P/PK 6-0 250 RSr. Mechanicsville, Va. (Atlee)
41 Matt Seeger LB 5-11 200 RFr. Herndon, Va. (Herndon)
42 Brandon Randolph FS 6-0 195 RJr. Richmond, Va. (Lee-Davis)
44 Charlie Newman TE/FB 6-2 240 Jr. Harrisonburg, Va. (Turner Ashby)
45 Colin Fitz-Maurice FS 6-1 200 RFr. Newtown, Pa. (Council Rock North)
48 Jamal Sullivan TB 5-9 205 RSo. Ruther Glen, Va. (Caroline)
49 Trae Kenney FB 6-0 250 RJr. Richmond, Va. (Hermitage)
51 Vidal Nelson LB 5-11 205 RFr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Kellam)
52 Arthur Moats DE 6-2 240 Jr. Portsmouth, Va. (Churchland)
53 Dorian Brooks OG 6-3 285 RJr. Richmond, Va. (Highland Springs)
55 Dixon Wright PK 5-11 180 RFr. Crossnore, N.C. (Avery County)
56 Shelton Johnson DE 6-1 230 RSr. Norfolk, Va. (Granby)
58 Sam Daniels DT 6-1 270 RJr. Portsmouth, Va. (Woodrow Wilson)
59 Brandon Monroe OG 6-2 275 RSo. Virginia Beach, Va. (Landstown)
60 Terrence Apted OT 6-4 335 RSr. Pago Pago, American Samoa (Fagatuio)
62 Scott Lemn OC 6-3 285 RSr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Kempsville/Navy Prep)
63 Andy Smith P/PK 6-2 180 RFr. Remington, Va. (Liberty)
70 Greg Woodson DE 6-3 235 RFr. Mechanicsville, Va. (Atlee)
71 Chris Clarke OC 6-2 280 RJr. Williamsburg, Va. (Bruton)
75 Brett Ainsley OC 6-3 275 RSo. Chesapeake, Va. (Western Branch)
76 Theo Sherman OT 6-4 300 RSo. Danville, Va. (Chatham)
77 Dominique White DT 5-8 285 RJr. Hampton, Va. (Hampton)
78 Arthur Walker OG 6-3 325 RSo. Newport News, Va. (Heritage)
83 Marcus Charity WR 6-1 180 RJr. Richmond, Va. (Varina)
84 Matt Goff FS 6-0 190 RSo. Fairfax, Va. (Robinson)
85 Mike Caussin TE 6-5 225 RJr. Springfield, Va. (West Springfield)
86 Jason Dosh TE 6-5 240 RSo. Glen Allen, Va. (Benedictine)
88 Julius Graves WR 5-9 175 RFr. Reidsville, N.C. (Reidsville)
89 Doug McNeil WR 6-3 195 RFr. Baltimore, Md. (New Town)
91 D.J. Bryant DE 6-3 230 RFr. Baltimore, Md. (Randallstown)
92 Jerald Brown OT 6-4 245 RSo. Lynchburg, Va. (E.C. Glass)
93 Ronnell Brown DT 6-2 260 RSo. Chesapeake, Va. (Hickory)
94 Max Alexandre DT 6-4 235 RFr. Port St. Lucie, Fla. (West Centennial)
95 Quintrel Thomas DE 6-5 255 RSo. Chespeake, Va. (Western Branch/Tilton (N.H.))
97 Dave Stannard PK 5-9 185 RSr. Midlothian, Va. (Clover Hill)
98 J.D. Skolnitsky DT 6-5 255 RJr. Fairfax, Va. (Fairfax)
99 Hassan Abdul-Wahid DE 6-5 240 RSr. Centreville, Va. (Westfield)
Corwin Acker TB 5-10 200 Fr. Landover, Md. (Blake)
Lue Akuak OT 6-2 260 Fr. Fort Belvoir, Va. (Hayfield/Fork Union)
Roane Babington OG 6-2 270 RFr. Staunton, Va. (Robert E. Lee)
Brian Barlow TE 6-4 215 Fr. Stephens City, Va. (Sherando)
Chris Beaver LS 6-2 235 Fr. Mooreville, N.C. (Mooresville)
Aaron Butler QB 6-0 180 RFr. Clearbrook, Va. (James Wood)
Zach Costen OC 6-1 270 So. Virginia Beach, Va. (Norfolk Academy)
Taveion Cuffee CB 5-11 180 Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. (First Colonial/Fork Union)
Deric Dudinski TB 5-8 185 So. Sterling, Va. (Park View/La Salle)
Ryan Flanagan OT 6-6 280 RSo. West Chester, Pa. (West Chester)
Aaron Harper DE 6-2 230 Fr. Fredericksburg, Va. (Courtland)
Jonathan Holts LB 6-1 205 Fr. Grottoes, Va. (Spotswood)
Josh Johnson LB 6-2 220 Fr. Forestville, Md. (St. John's/Fork Union)
Aaron Reed OG 6-5 310 Fr. Linville, Va. (Broadway)
Lee Reynolds TB 5-10 190 Fr. Baltimore, Md. (Baltimore Poly Tech)
Donny Smith OG 6-1 290 RJr. Sterling, Va. (Park View/West Virginia)
Justin Thorpe QB 6-2 210 Fr. Richmond, Va. (Varina)
Earl Watford DT 6-5 275 Fr. Philadelphia, Pa. (Simon Gratz)
Chase Williams LB 5-11 215 Unk Gaithersburg, Md. (Northwest)
Richard Williams OC 6-3 290 Fr. Danville, Va. (George Washington)

Coaches/Team Officials

Notable Alumni in NFL

James Madison Dukes in NFL

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