TONIGHT’SXXGAME INFO xx Starke Moving Up the Charts: Senior kicker Cameron Starke
is continuing to move up the career charts among JMU’s kickers. His 28 career field goals puts him fifth all-time, trailing Mickey Stinnett (1982-84) by two in fourth. John Coursey (1993-96) holds the all-time record with 39.
Scott Chewing Up Ground: James Madison running back Dae’Quan Scott continues to eat up yardage for the Dukes in his career. In the contest against Akron Sept. 7, the senior rushed for 107 yards and one score on 27 carries and had six receptions for 18 yards and another score. In the opening game this year, Scott had 15 rushes for 120 yards (8.0 yards per carry) and also had a pair of punt returns for 63 yards, including a 54-yard punt return touchdown in the third quarter against Central Connecticut State. It was just the 15th JMU punt return touchdown in stadium history. Scott continues to move up the JMU career rushing charts to seventh with 2,519 yards, just 15 yards behind Maurice Fenner (2003-06) in sixth at 2,534. He also ranks seventh at JMU in career scoring with 198 points, just six behind Eriq Williams (1989-92) in fourth at 204. Kicker David Rabil (2003-06) is the all-time leader at 231 points. Spreading the Ball Around the Wide Side of the Fields: JMU is doing an effective job of spreading the ball around to various receivers in the passing game. In the season opener against Central Connecticut State, quarterback Michael Birdsong connected on 10 completions in the win. The bigger part was that eight different players had at least one catch, with two getting two receptions each. In the contest at Akron, eight different Dukes made receptions, with all but one having at least three catches on the day. Putting Points on the Board Early: James Madison has gotten off to solid starts in its first two games this year. In both games so far, the Dukes have punched the ball into the end zone on their first possession and both with lengthy drives. Against Central Connecticut State, JMU went 75 yards in nine plays for the score, while at Akron, it took 14 plays to go 75 yards for the game’s first tally.
Matthews Reaches the Century Mark: JMU Head Coach Mickey Matthews accomplished a historic milestone in his coaching career last season and continues to move up the charts this year. In his 15th season at the helm of the Dukes, Matthews earned his 100th career victory with a 13-10 win over then-No. 12 Towson, Oct. 6, 2012. He is currently tied for 24th on the FCS career active victories list with 104 victories, joining fellow CAA coach New Hampshire’s Sean McDonnell at the same spot. Scott, Reynolds Named CAA Players of the Week: James Madison’s Dae’Quan Scott and Taylor Reynolds were honored as the Colonial Athletic Association’s Special Teams Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, as announced by the league Sept. 2. A senior return specialist and running back, Scott’s fifth conference weekly honor comes on the heels of a solid allpurpose performance in JMU’s convincing 38-14 win over Central Connecticut State. The senior finished the seasonopener with 197 all-purpose yards, including a 54-yard punt return for a touchdown that represented the first such score for him and the 15th for the Dukes in Bridgeforth Stadium history. Scott would add 15 carries for 120 yards and a reception for 14 yards in the win. Playing in not only his first collegiate contest but his first game on the defensive side of the ball after making the transition from quarterback to cornerback in the spring, Reynolds racked up six tackles to go with an impressive 51-yard interception return for a touchdown in JMU’s win over the Blue Devils on Saturday. The rookie’s pick-6 was the Dukes’ first since their final game of the 2011 season. Playoffs Expanding Again in 2013: In 2011, JMU took advantage of the playoff expansion to 20 teams by grabbing one of the last slots in the 2011 FCS Playoffs and advancing to the second round after defeating Eastern Kentucky. This year, the playoffs increase in participation again, as 24 teams will be selected for the field, 11 via auto bids as the Pioneer League’s champion will now be automatically invited to the postseason. The top eight teams will be seeded, receive first-round byes and host second-round games. The 16 other teams will bid to host first-round games.
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