Four Dukes earn HERO Sports FCS All-America honors

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison placed four student-athletes on the 2018 HERO Sports FCS All-America Team, as both cornerback Jimmy Moreland and punt returner D’Angelo Amos were named First Team All-Americans and defensive lineman John Daka and specialist Robert Carter Jr. were tabbed to the Second Team.

It’s the fourth All-America honor for both Moreland and Amos, while Daka and Carter earned their first career All-America awards.

Garnering his fourth First Team All-America accolade, Moreland was voted the 2018 Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year. He paced the league with five interceptions while leading the country with three interceptions for a touchdown. The First Team All-CAA selection is JMU's all-time leader with 18 career interceptions and has a CAA-record six pick-sixes. Moreland accrued a JMU single-season record 217 interception return yards and also ranked in the top 10 nationally with 15 passes defended. In 13 starts at corner, Moreland tallied 56 total tackles to go with 7.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one recovery, 10 pass breakups and a blocked punt.

Amos, is now a two-time First Team All-American, earned First Team All-CAA honors after leading the FCS with three punt returns for a touchdown and 22.0 yards per return. He's the lone Colonial Athletic Association player with more than one punt return for a score, as his three matched all other players combined across the league. Amos tied program records with two punt returns for a touchdown, 183 punt return yards and a long of 89 yards on his first score at Villanova, earning National Special Teams Player of the Week distinction. He also started every game at safety, accumulating 64 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a half sack, two fumble recoveries and six breakups.

Daka was a Third Team All-CAA pick but finished the season very strong, leading the team and tying for the league lead with 10.0 sacks. He also ranked third in the CAA with a team-leading 17.0 tackles for loss. He finished the season with 47 total tackles, as well as nine quarterback hurries and a safety. Daka had a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss at Richmond and tallied 2.0 sacks at both Towson and against Delaware in the FCS First Round. Of his 10 sacks, 7.5 occurred over the final five weeks of the season.

Carter, a First Team All-CAA member, anchored JMU’s special teams unit, where he served as the gunner on kick coverage and a lead blocker in the return game. JMU’s kick-return defense ranked third in the FCS (14.3 avg.), and the punt-return squad was also second nationally (21.31).

2018 JMU All-Americans
Jimmy Moreland – Associated Press (1st), Walter Camp (1st), STATS (1st), HERO Sports (1st)
D’Angelo Amos – Associated Press (2nd), STATS (1st), HERO Sports (1st), HERO Sports Sophomore (1st)
John Daka – HERO Sports (2nd)
Robert Carter Jr. – HERO Sports (2nd)
Liam Fornadel – HERO Sports Sophomore (1st)
Kyndel Dean – HERO Sports Freshman (1st)