JMU football ranked No. 9 in final media poll

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Following the conclusion of the 2018 college football season, James Madison was ranked in the top 10 of both major Football Championship Subdivision polls, coming in at No. 9 in the STATS FCS Top 25 and No. 10 in the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Poll.

The Dukes finished the year with a 9-4 overall record and were second in the Colonial Athletic Association standings with a 6-2 league mark. JMU advanced to the second round of the 2018 FCS Playoffs after downing CAA foe Delaware in the first round, before falling on a last-second field goal at No. 8 seed Colgate.

JMU completed the season ranking in the top 10 of nine statistical team categories, which included a No. 2 ranking in both completion percentage (67.4%) and punt-return average (21.31). It was also third in kickoff coverage (14.3), sixth in both scoring defense (14.6) and total defense (289.5), seventh in defensive touchdowns (4), ninth in fewest penalties (4.69) and 10th in both rushing defense (104.4) and total first downs (279).

Six JMU players earned All-America status this year, headlined by Jimmy Moreland, who was a Consensus First Team All-American. Other honorees across the All-America and Underclassmen Teams included D’Angelo Amos, John Daka, Robert Carter Jr., Liam Fornadel and Kyndel Dean.

JMU turned its attention to the 2019 season with the beginning of winter workouts on Monday morning. The Dukes kick off the upcoming season, presented by CarMax, on Saturday, Aug. 31 at West Virginia. It will be the first game under Head Coach Curt Cignetti, who became the program’s eighth head coach back on Dec. 14.