1. 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).

     

  2. Sept. 20 - James Madison at Villanova - 12:30 p.m. - CSN

    Sept. 27 - Delaware at James Madison - 4 p.m. - CSN

    Oct. 11 - Towson at James Madison - 12:30 p.m. - CSN

    Nov. 1 - William & Mary at James Madison - 3:30 p.m. - ASN

    Nov. 15 - James Madison at Richmond - 12:30 p.m. - NBCSN

    Nov. 22 - Elon at James Madison - 12 p.m. - ASN

    JMU’s opening game, at Maryland (Aug. 30 at 3:30 p.m.), will air on the Big Ten Network. 

    *Nine CAA Football games will be broadcast on the American Sports Network, a collegiate sports initiative of the Sinclair Broadcast Group

     
  3. New JMU football schedule poster (via @SportsPosterSwag)

     

  4. Stephon Robertson CAA’s Defensive Player of the Year

    JMU senior LB Stephon Robertson was named the CAA’s Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday, the second straight year he has won the award.

    Robertson cops his second-consecutive Defensive Player of the Year honor after concluding his stellar career with the Dukes. The Buck Buchanan Award finalist finished his four years in Harrisonburg ranked fourth on the program’s all-time charts with 445 career tackles and as the FCS active leader in career, solo and assisted stops. Robertson started all 46 collegiate contests in which he appeared, totaling 26 career double-digit tackle efforts along the way.

    Robertson was joined on the All-CAA Football First Team by RB Dae’Quan Scott and DL Jordan Stanton. 

    OL Josh Wells, DL Tyler Snow and S Dean Marlowe were named to the All-CAA Football Second Team, while freshman LB Gage Steele was selected to the All-CAA Football Third Team. (Marlowe also made the Third Team as a punt returner.) 

     
  5. JMU adds a 12th game for the 2013 season. 

     

  6. JMU picked to finish fifth in CAA

    JMU, despite earning the second-most first-place votes (4), was picked to finish fifth in the CAA in 2013. 

    Villanova, which finished fourth in 2012, was tabbed to win the CAA regular season. The Dukes finished in sixth place last season (7-4, 5-3). 

    New comers Stony Brook and UAlbany were projected to finish seventh and 10th, respectively. 

    CAA Preseason Predicted Order of Finish:

    1. Villanova (11)

    2. Towson (3)

    3. New Hampshire (3)

    4. Richmond (1)

    5. James Madison (4)

    6. Delaware

    7. Stony Brook

    8. Maine

    9. William and Mary

    10. UAlbany

    11. Rhode Island

     

  7. James Madison senior LB Stephon Robertson was named the Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Defensive Player of the Year … Joining Robertson on the squad was junior safety Dean Marlowe (Queens, N.Y./Holy Cross HS) and senior kicker Cameron Starke (Halifax, Va./Halifax County (West Virginia)). Madison was selected to finish fifth in the preseason poll, as chosen by the league’s coaches and sports information directors.

     
  8. JMU stayed No. 5 in the Sports Network FCS Top-25 College Football Poll.

    CAA teams ranked: 

    5. JMU 
    7. ODU 
    13. Towson 
    14. New Hampshire 
    15. Delaware
    20. Maine

     

  9. Thanks, but no thanks, Northeast Conference. 

     

  10. CAA Reached Out To Appalachian State?

    According to some website I’ve never heard of before, yep! 

    The Times-News in Burlington, North Carolina, ran a story on June 23 titled “League realignment issues impact Southern Conference,” with this: 

    The Colonial Athletic Association, with commissioner Tom Yeager on the hunt to replenish its recently depleted membership, formally has contacted Southern Conference schools Appalachian State, Davidson and College of Charleston.

    O RLY?

    Elon, Furman and Stony Brook have also been mentioned in CAA-expansion rumors. 

    According to the article, the Southern Conference was hoping to get an answer from the trio of schools by July 4. 

    While the move obviously makes sense for the CAA, a conference now trying to re-establish some identity (football) after losing or about-to-lose VCU, ODU and Georgia State  (something I think is clear by raising the cost of leaving the conference to $1 million), I’m not sure how it would make sense for App St. Like, at all. 

    Not only is App St. already in a FCS powerhouse conference, but it’s no secret they want to jump to the FBS. Moving to the CAA seems to be lateral at best. But it would be very neat!

    The other five schools mentioned/rumored seem to make more sense for the CAA.  Expansion fun!