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

    CAA Football’s video preview of the 2014 JMU Dukes

     
     
  2. 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.

     
     

  3. 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).

     

  4. 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

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

     

  6. 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.) 

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

     

  8. 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

     

  9. 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.

     
  10. 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