Underclassmen stepping up for JMU Football in spring practice

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- At Saturday's spring football practice, the James Madison football team held its first intrasquad squad scrimmage of the Spring. Between players departing and some injuries, it's given younger and less experienced players a chance to step up.

Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Isaac Ukwu and walk on redshirt freshman running back Solomon Vanhorse have caught the eye of head coach Curt Cignetti.

"We're just really stretched out depth wise," Cignetti said. "We had some postseason surgeries. We have guys out. We have some hamstrings or ankles during spring ball and you know without some of these guys are some of the unsung heroes."

"It pushes me everyday to work and get better and to always compete and never to stop competing," Vanhorse said. "It doesn't teach me to be complacent and to stop working. Always just want to keep working so in turn I'll be better and get on the field next year."

"It's been really great. I haven't been able to get that many reps earlier in my career," Ukwu said. "But now that I'm redshirt sophomore and just getting in a good groove which I didn't get to get in before is just really helping me like hold my craft and be able to do better and make plays."