JMU's Schor, Davis and Houston reel in major CAA football awards

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RICHMOND, Va. (Press Release) -- Junior quarterback Bryan Schor headlined James Madison’s three major award winners and 14 all-conference honorees, as he was voted Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday.

In addition to Schor garnering the league’s top accolade, senior receiver Rashard Davis was named CAA Special Teams Player of the Year, and Head Coach Mike Houston was tabbed CAA Coach of the Year. The Dukes earned a league-best 14 all-conference accolades, including a program-record 10 selections to the All-CAA First Team.

Schor’s Offensive Player of the Year was the JMU’s fifth top offensive honor since joining the league in 1993. He is the second straight JMU quarterback to win the award, as Vad Lee earned it in 2015. Davis is just the second Duke to win the Special Teams Player of the Year Award, and first since Scotty McGee in 2008, while Houston garnered JMU’s third CAA Coach of the Year.

Schor, a four-time CAA Player of the Week, was one of the nation’s most efficient players this season, ranking first in completion percentage (73.2%). He was second in the FCS in pass efficiency (178.2) and yards per pass attempt (9.51), while ranking ninth in point responsibility (162), 22nd in rushing touchdowns (9), 23rd in passing touchdowns (18) and 29th in total offense (257.1). He also leads the CAA in total touchdowns (27) and yards per play (8.5), and is third in passing yards (202.6).

The Milford, Pa. native was 156-of-213 for 2,026 yards and 18 touchdowns in 10 starts this season. He also rushed for 545 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 6.0 yards per carry. Schor had four games with three or more passing touchdowns, two games with three rushing scores and ran for more than 100 yards twice. On Oct. 29 against Rhode Island, Schor was 21-of-22 (95.5%) for 309 yards and five touchdowns in the 84-7 win. A finalist for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award, he surpassed 200 passing yards and completed better than 70 percent of his attempts in six games apiece.

Davis starred as both a wide receiver and punt returner for the Dukes, scoring five total touchdowns. He was a First Team All-CAA punt returner after leading the nation with three punt returns for a touchdown, which tied the JMU and CAA single-season record.

The Charlottesville, Va. native returned nine punts for 287 yards (31.9 per return), which included all three scores from at least 75 yards out. Davis scored on his first two punt returns, taking a 76 yarder back against Morehead State and a 75 yarder versus Central Connecticut State. He closed the regular season with a 76-yard score against Elon. As a starting slot receiver, he made 31 receptions for 345 yards and two touchdowns.

In his first season at the helm, Houston guided the Dukes to a 10-1 overall record and outright CAA championship with an unblemished 8-0 record. It was JMU’s fifth CAA championship and just the second time the Dukes claimed the outright title while going undefeated in conference games. JMU won back-to-back CAA titles for the first time ever and will make its third straight FCS playoffs appearance, also a first for the program.

The honor was Houston’s fifth in six years, as he was the 2015 Southern Conference Coach of the Year at The Citadel, and a three-time South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year (2011-13) at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne. His 10-1 record was the best record by a JMU coach in his first season, and he becomes the fifth straight head coach to lead the Dukes to playoffs in his first year.

A total of 14 Dukes earned All-CAA status, marking the second straight season there have been double-digit honorees and 11th time since joining the league in 1993.