Moreland named finalist for Dudley Award

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison redshirt senior cornerback Jimmy Moreland was recognized as one of the elite players in the state, as he was named one of three finalists for the 2018 Bill Dudley Award, the Touchdown Club of Richmond announced Thursday.

The Dudley Award is given annually to the top Division I football player in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Moreland was joined on the list by Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins and Virginia Tech defensive lineman Ricky Walker. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Richmond.

Joining Moreland in Touchdown Club of Richmond annual awards are redshirt sophomore safety D’Angelo Amos and senior safety Grant Westbrook. Amos is the Division I Specialist of the Year and Westbrook is one of two recipients of the inaugural Wells Fargo Humanitarian Man of the Year Award.

Moreland was voted Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with five interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. He is JMU’s all-time leader with 18 career interceptions and six pick-sixes, which is also a CAA record. Moreland also racked up a JMU single-season record 217 interception return yards. He finished the season with 56 total tackles to go with 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one recovery, 10 pass breakups and a blocked punt.

Amos was a First Team All-CAA punt returner after leading the nation with three punt returns for a touchdown and 22.0 yards per return. He's the only player in the CAA with more than one punt return for a touchdown, as his three matched all other players combined across the conference. Amos earned National Player of the Week honors after JMU's win at Villanova, where he tied program records with two punt returns for a touchdown, 183 punt return yards and a long of 89 yards on his first score. He also started every game at safety, accumulating 64 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a half sack, two fumble recoveries and six breakups.

Westbrook is receiving his second off-the-field accolade of the season, as he was also a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. He works with Big Brothers Big Sisters, serving as a Big for a seven-year old elementary student in the area. Westbrook has been heavily involved in Relay for Life through Phi Epsilon Kappa and visits soup kitchens, assisted in the annual Bone Marrow Drive and frequents schools for visits, field days and anti-bullying events. He’s been a President’s List student in two of the past three semesters and is a special teams leader for the Dukes, playing in all but one game over the past three seasons.

The trio will be honored on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Dudley & Lanier Awards Banquet at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump. The event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by the award ceremony.

JMU has won the Dudley Award five times, including a stretch run of four straight between 2013 and 2016. Bryan Schor was JMU’s most recent winner in 2016. Vad Lee became the first back-to-back winner (2014, 2015) of the award and Stephon Robertson was the lone JMU defender to win the accolade in 2013. Rodney Landers was the first JMU player to win the Dudley in 2008.

For tickets, please contact the Touchdown Club of Richmond at 804-310-0222 or