Cignetti wants Dukes to lead CAA in rushing

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- New James Madison football head coach Curt Cignetti says he wants JMU to have the top rushing attack in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Cignetti spoke about his desire for the Dukes to have a strong ground game during his introductory press conference Monday afternoon.

"I want to be able to run the ball, we will be able to run the ball," said Cignetti. "We will lead the conference in rushing. We will be a tough nasty, physical football team running the football."

Cignetti joins JMU from CAA rival Elon where the Phoenix has a prolific rushing attack. Elon averaged 199.5 yards rushing per game in 2018, which was second in the CAA behind Stony Brook (200.7 ypg).

James Madison ranked fourth in the CAA with 183.3 rushing yards per game in 2018. The Dukes will have to replace their top three rushers from this past season with Cardon Johnson, Trai Sharp, and Marcus Marshall having played their final game in a JMU jersey.