MOBILE, Ala. – The draft stock for former James Madison cornerback Jimmy Moreland continues to rise, as the he was named to the 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl on Monday.
Moreland is the program’s first player ever selected to play in the game, as he will wear No. 17 for the South Team, which will be coached by San Francisco Head Coach Kyle Shanahan. He previously wore that number during his true freshman season in 2014.
His selection comes on the heels of a strong performance last week in St. Petersburg, Fla., at the East-West Shrine Game. His week was capped off by making one tackle, not allowing one reception to a receiver he was covering and returning a missed field goal 61 yards to end the first half.
A Consensus First Team All-American, Moreland was voted Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with five interceptions and pacing the country with three interceptions for a touchdown. The First Team All-CAA selection and Bill Dudley finalist is JMU's all-time leader with 18 career interceptions and has a CAA-record six pick-sixes. Moreland tallied a JMU single-season record 217 interception return yards and also ranked in the top 10 nationally with 15 passes defended.
Starting all 13 games at corner, Moreland registered 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. He recorded a season-high 10 tackles with a career-best 2.5 tackles for loss in JMU's FCS First Round win against Delaware. Moreland record an interception in four straight games during the month of September, highlighted by a program-record 100-yard return for a score at Richmond. He completed his career one pick-six shy of the FCS all-time record and his three this season was just one off the FCS single-season mark.
Moreland is one of three CAA student-athletes who will participate at the Senior Bowl. He will be joined by by Delaware safety Nasir Adderly and Elon offensive lineman Oli Udoh, who was previously coached by JMU Head Coach Curt Cignetti and JMU Offensive Line Coach Damian Wroblewski.
The Senior Bowl takes place on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. from Ladd-Peebles Stadium and will be nationally televised on NFL Network. Additionally, NFL Network will provide practice coverage Tuesday through Thursday between 1-6 p.m.