HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison All-American cornerback Jimmy Moreland will showcase his football skills amongst the best players nationally across all divisions, as he’s accepted an invitation to play in the 94th East-West Shrine Game.
The Shrine Game takes place on Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., with kickoff coming at 3 p.m. It will be broadcast live on NFL Network.
A Consensus First Team All-American, Moreland was voted CAA 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 the third player in school history to play in the East-West Shrine Game, joining Dean Marlowe (2014) and Earl Watford (2012). He is JMU’s 15th player since 1989 to compete in one of the major Senior All-Star Games.