Preseason Snub Motivating JMU's Moats

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

The Sports Network may have inadvertently endangered some FCS quarterbacks this season with its preseason All-America team.

When the Website released its list of 2009 preseason All-Americans a month ago, it included three players from James Madison: kick returner Scotty McGee, offensive lineman Dorian Brooks and defensive tackle Sam Daniels.

But missing from the list was the Dukes' leader in sacks last year, defensive end Arthur Moats.

"I took it real personal, actually," says Moats. "I always feel like I should be the best out there. My numbers were equal to everyone, if not better. So when you give me something like that, it definitely gets to me. Definitely."

Larry Hart of Central Arkansas and Murray State's Austen Lane were the two first-team ends. South Dakota State's Danny Batten and James Ruffin of Northern Iowa made the second team, while a pair of CAA players, Tim Kukucka of Villanova and Adrian Tracy of William & Mary, were named to the third team.

"I looked at the list, saw the names up there, put them on my list," says Moats, who was a preseason All-CAA selection. "I was like, 'Alright, just got to make sure I do better than all of them.'"

At JMU's media day last week, head coach Mickey Matthews called Moats the best player on the Dukes. Moats finished third on team with 65 tackles last season, including a team-high 11.5 sacks, then added six more sacks in JMU's three playoff games.

Daniels was outspoken about Moats' absence when the Sports Network team was released.

"I didn't think the players up there were as talented as Arthur Moats, but that's what they picked," Daniels says now. "It doesn't really mean anything. We're just going to go out there next year and show them on the field. We'll just have to leave it at that."


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