1. "Can you call JMU a dark horse?"

    CAA Football’s video preview of the 2014 JMU Dukes

     
     
  2. Awesome video tour of JMU’s campus. 

     
     
  3. Coach Everett Withers takes questions from state and local media on the first day of training camp for the Dukes.

     
     

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  5. The 2014 FCS preseason coaches poll was announced live on ESPNU’s The Blitz. Three-time defending champion North Dakota State is No. 1, obviously. 

    CAA was well-represented, per usual, with six teams in the top-25: 

    4. New Hampshire

    7. Towson

    13. Villanova

    20. Maine

    22. William & Mary 

    24. Richmond

    JMU is in the illustrious ”also receiving votes” section of the poll.

     
     

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  9. "All I can do is shake my head. I feel like that’s a little disgusting I would say."
     

  10. JMU picked to finish 8th in CAA, Marlowe named to Preseason All-Conference Team

    Wednesday is the 2014 CAA Football Media Day (feel the excitement!), and with it comes the announcements of the league’s projected finish and the preseason All-Conference teams. 

    JMU is predicted to finish eighth (out of 12 teams) in 2014 (though the Dukes did receive one first-place vote, somehow). New Hampshire, with 15 of the 24 possible first-place votes, is the preseason favorite in the CAA, followed by Villanova and Richmond. Towson, which lost in the FCS title game last season, is slotted in fifth place, behind William & Mary. 

    The voting is done by the conference’s head coaches and communications personnel.

    JMU landed one player on the Preseason All-Conference Team, Dean Marlowe, a safety entering his senior season. 

    Villanova’s QB John Robertson was selected as the CAA’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while W&M’s Mike Reilly earned the same honor on the defensive side.

    A complete list of the All-Conference Team and predicted order of finish is here (PDF).