As the JMU football program turns over a new leaf, the Colonial Athletic Conference makes its prediction of how Everett Withers' first season will go.
James Madison is expected to finish eighth out of 12 in the CAA.
"It wasn't very flattering for us," said JMU senior lineman Matt Williams. "Obviously, we're not happy about that so it's just going to be more fuel for our fire for the upcoming year."
"It's probably where we ought to be because of a new transition going in," said Withers. "I usually don't care about what people think about in the beginning. I hope at the end, people look at us a lot better. And that's the objective. The objective is to be better than when you started in everything that you do."
Despite the not so positive expectations for JMU this season, some good news came out of media day. Senior safety Dean Marlowe was named to the preseason All Conference team,
adding to his preseason All-American recognition he earned last week.
"It doesn't give me a lot of confidence, but I feel like it makes me understand that I've worked so hard to get where I'm at now and I want to continue that," said Marlowe. "I don't want to stay complacent from getting accolades of All-American stuff and all-conference stuff and just settle down. I want to rise above that and keep doing what I'm doing so I can be even more successful in the future."
The conference is looking for more success too after the CAA saw Towson make it all the way to the national championship game.
"We have a lot of experienced teams coming back," said CAA commissioner Tom Yeager. "We have new coaches at a number of places which changes the dynamic. And I think it's a great testament to one the support that our institutions give to their football program but also the programs that the coaches have been able to build."