Cignetti era begins as Dukes open spring practice

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The James Madison football team began spring practice Thursday morning with first-year head coach Curt Cignetti at the helm.

The Dukes practiced in the morning hours at Bridgeforth Stadium. Players says the team was put through a fast-paced, up tempo practice led by Cignetti and his staff.

"Practice here today was boom, boom, boom. Drill, drill, drill," said redshirt senior defensive back Rashad Robinson. "Run everywhere....kind of like bees buzzing around but we'll get used to it."

Cignetti is in his first spring leading JMU after he was hired to replace Mike Houston in December 2018. Houston left Harrisonburg to become the head coach at East Carolina. Cignetti joins the Dukes from CAA rival Elon.

"We had a snappy practice with good tempo," said Cignetti. "We had about a two-hour and fifteen minute practice done in two hours so they were buzzin' around."

"It wasn't perfect obviously but the goal is to improve every single day and that will get us what we want."

The Dukes resume spring practice Saturday afternoon. The JMU spring game is scheduled for Saturday, April 13.