OUTLOOK for JMU: Withers spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio State, so he knows what it’s like to be at the highest level of Division I. The Dukes hope to be headed to the FBS someday, but they’ve still underachieved in recent seasons, which cost 15-year coach Mickey Matthews his job. Withers will push for an aggressive defense, which will have an improved secondary (led by Marlowe) after it struggled last season. LB Steele was a gem as a freshman, but the Dukes also lost Robertson, the 2013 CAA defensive player of the year, after last season. The addition of former Georgia Tech starting QB Lee led to Birdsong transferring out of JMU. Lee struggled as a passer at Georgia Tech but is a terrific runner. Speaking of runners, Abdullah showed promise as a freshman last season. The Dukes are 15-2 at home the last three seasons, but three of their first four games are on the road against tough opponents. A playoff bid would be a good start to the Withers era.