2017 James Madison Dukes football team

The 2017 James Madison Dukes football team represented James Madison University during the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by second-year head coach Mike Houston and played their home games at Bridgeforth Stadium and Zane Showker Field. They are a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). They finished the season 14–1 overall with an 8–0 mark in CAA play to win the conference title and also finished undefeated in the regular season for the second time in school history (the other being 1975, before the Dukes joined the NCAA). They received an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, where they defeated Stony Brook, Weber State, and South Dakota State to advance to the National Championship Game for the second straight season, where they were defeated 17–13 by North Dakota State.

2017 James Madison Dukes football
James Madison University Athletics logo.svg
CAA champion
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
Ranking
STATSNo. 2
FCS CoachesNo. 2
2017 record14–1 (8–0 CAA)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorDonnie Kirkpatrick (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorBob Trott (2nd season)
Home stadiumBridgeforth Stadium
(Capacity: 24,877)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 James Madison $^   8 0         14 1  
No. 11 Stony Brook ^   7 1         10 3  
No. 20 Elon ^   6 2         8 4  
No. 12 New Hampshire ^   5 3         9 5  
Delaware   5 3         7 4  
Richmond   4 4         6 5  
Towson   3 5         5 6  
Villanova   3 5         5 6  
Maine   3 5         4 6  
Albany   2 6         4 7  
Rhode Island   2 6         3 8  
William & Mary   0 8         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll

Previous seasonEdit

In 2016, the Dukes finished the season with a 14–1 record, including an 8–0 mark in CAA play to win the conference title. They went undefeated in FCS play with their only loss coming to FBS North Carolina. They received an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, where they defeated New Hampshire, Sam Houston State, and five-time defending champions North Dakota State to advance to the National Championship Game, where they defeated Youngstown State. This was their first national championship since 2004.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 26:00 p.m.at East Carolina*No. 1ESPN3W 34–1440,169
September 96:00 p.m.East Tennessee State*No. 1CSN MA+
MadiZone
W 52–1024,722
September 163:30 p.m.Norfolk State*No. 1
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MASN2
MadiZone
W 75–1423,118
September 231:30 p.m.MaineNo. 1
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MASN
MadiZone
W 28–1025,330
September 303:30 p.m.at DelawareNo. 1CSN+
CSN-P
W 20–1016,372
October 143:30 p.m.No. 11 VillanovaNo. 1
CSL[1]
MASN2
W 30–825,993
October 213:30 p.m.at William & MaryNo. 1Cox Yurview
WHSV
W 46–1413,125
October 283:30 p.m.No. 17 New Hampshire No. 1
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MadiZoneW 21–025,298
November 4Noonat Rhode IslandNo. 1CSLW 38–33,227
November 113:30 p.m.RichmondNo. 1
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MASN2W 20–1324,586
November 18Noonat No. 11 ElonNo. 1PAAW 31–38,662
December 22:00 p.m.No. 10 Stony Brook*No. 1
ESPN3W 26–716,449
December 87:00 p.m.No. 11 Weber State*No. 1
ESPN2W 31–2813,497
December 164:30 p.m.No. 6 South Dakota State*No. 1
ESPNUW 51–1616,528
January 612:00 p.m.vs. No. 2 North Dakota State*No. 1ESPN2L 13–1719,090

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Game summariesEdit

at East CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Dukes 7 0 14 13 34
Pirates 0 0 7 7 14

East Tennessee StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 7 3 0 10
No. 1 Dukes 21 7 17 7 52

Norfolk StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 0 7 0 7 14
No. 1 Dukes 9 35 17 14 75

MaineEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Black Bears 0 3 7 0 10
No. 1 Dukes 0 7 7 14 28

at DelawareEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Dukes 7 10 0 3 20
Fightin' Blue Hens 3 7 0 0 10

VillanovaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 11 Wildcats 0 0 0 8 8
No. 1 Dukes 3 10 3 14 30

at William & MaryEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Dukes 7 12 10 17 46
Tribe 0 0 0 14 14

New HampshireEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 17 Wildcats 0 0 0 0 0
No. 1 Dukes 0 14 7 0 21

at Rhode IslandEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Dukes 0 7 17 14 38
Rams 0 3 0 0 3

RichmondEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Spiders 0 7 3 3 13
No. 1 Dukes 0 10 0 10 20

at ElonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Dukes 3 14 7 7 31
No. 11 Phoenix 0 0 0 3 3

FCS PlayoffsEdit

Second Round–Stony BrookEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 10 Seawolves 0 0 0 7 7
No. 1 Dukes 6 13 0 7 26

Quarterfinals–Weber StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 11 Wildcats 7 0 7 14 28
No. 1 Dukes 7 3 0 21 31

Semifinals–South Dakota StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 6 Jackrabbits 0 10 0 6 16
No. 1 Dukes 7 14 30 0 51

National Championship–North Dakota StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Bison 7 10 0 0 17
No. 1 Dukes 3 3 7 0 13

RosterEdit

2017 James Madison Dukes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 1 Trai Sharp Jr
WR 5 Jamir Hudson Fr
ATH 6 Noah Beckley Fr
WR 7 Terrence Alls   Sr
WR 8 John Miller Sr
RB 10 Jack Brigham Fr
WR 10 Riley Stapleton   So
QB 12 Cole Johnson So
WR 13 Ishmael Hyman   Sr
WR 14 Braxton Westfield   Fr
QB 15 Gage Moloney Fr
QB 16 Jesse Layne Fr
QB 17 Bryan Schor Sr
WR 18 Hunter Etheridge   Jr
WR 19 Daniel Adu Fr
WR 19 David Eldridge Jr
RB 20 Taylor Woods Sr
RB 22 Eric Kirlew   Fr
RB 25 Cardon Johnson   Sr
RB 29 Marcus Marshall Jr
RB 31 Percy Agyei-Obese Fr
WR 34 Devin Floyd Fr
TE 37 Clayton Cheatham Fr
OL 53 Joe Fishpaw   Fr
OL 55 Nick Edwards   Sr
OL 58 Gerren Butler   So
OL 60 Jahee Jackson   So
OL 61 A.J. Bolden   Sr
OL 62 Cam Kilgour Fr
OL 63 J.T. Timming   Fr
OL 67 Zaire Bethea   Fr
OL 68 Tyree Chavious   So
OL 69 Truvell Wilson So
OL 70 Aaron Stinne   Sr
OL 71 E.J. Donahue   So
OL 72 Will Clevinger Fr
OL 73 Mac Patrick So
OL 74 Pika Leota   Fr
OL 75 Michael Faulkner   Fr
OL 76 Jake Glavin Fr
OL 77 Liam Fornadel Fr
OL 79 Raymond Gillespie   Fr
OL 81 Nick Carlton So
TE/LB 82 Joe Hunt Fr
TE 82 Zach Polglase   Fr
WR/S 83 Kyndel Dean Fr
WR 83 Josh Sims Fr
WR 84 Jonathan Newman Fr
WR 85 Ezrah Archie Fr
TE 86 Mack Cullen   So
TE 88 Jonathan Kloosterman Sr
WR 89 Jake Brown   Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 2 Dimitri Holloway Jr
LB 3 Gus Little   So
S 5 Raven Greene   Sr
CB 6 Jimmy Moreland   Jr
LB 9 Kyre Hawkins   Sr
LB 11 Bryce Maginley So
LB 12 Trey Wilson   Fr
CB 14 LJ Taylor Fr
DL 15 Ron'Dell Carter   So
LB 16 John Kinney   Fr
LB 18 Tabb Patrick   Fr
S 21 Adam Smith So
CB 22 Rashad Robison Jr
CB 23 Charles Tutt Jr
S 24 D'Angelo Amos   Fr
CB 24 Sidney Wellons So
CB 26 Curtis Oliver Jr
LB 27 Pat Kagel Sr
S 28 Grant Westbrook Jr
CB 30 Wesley McCormick Fr
LB 31 Keshuan Moore Fr
S 32 MJ Hampton Fr
S 33 Sam Kidd Fr
CB 34 Justin Bethea Sr
CB 35 Taurus Carroll Fr
CB 36 Robert Carter Jr   Jr
S 38 Mike Cobbs   So
LB 40 Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey Fr
LB 41 Brett Seigel   Sr
S 42 Michael Johnson Fr
LB 42 Cade Leonard Fr
LB 43 Julian Freeze Fr
DL 43 Garrett Groulx Fr
S 44 Jordan Brown   Sr
DL 46 David Ezeagwu Sr
DL 47 Darrious Carter   Jr
S 48 Reggie Collins   Fr
LB 49 Brandon Hereford Sr
LB 49 Trey Vossler Fr
LB 51 Devin Medley   Fr
LB 52 Landan Word So
LB 54 Kevin Azanama   Fr
LB/LS 59 Daniel Caraciolo   Fr
DL 64 Mike Greene Fr
DL 74 Simeyon Robinson   Sr
DL 90 Rondre Knowles-Tener   Fr
DL 91 Semaj Sorhaindo Fr
DL 93 Andrew Ankrah   Sr
DL 94 Cornell Urquhart Sr
DL 95 Adeeb Atariwa   Fr
DL 96 Ryan Etheridge   Jr
LB 99 Isaac Ukwu Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 41 Brett Seigel   Sr
K 45 Tyler Gray Jr
LS 56 Matt Wolcott Sr
P/K 57 Jeremiah McBride   Fr
P 78 Nik Nunez Fr
K 91 Ethan Ratke Fr
P 98 Harry O'Kelly Fr


Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Donnie Kirkpatrick (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
  • Bob Trott (Defensive Coordinator / Safeties)
  • Bryan Stinespring (Offensive Line / Run-Game Coordinator)
  • Roy Tesh (Outside Linebacker / Special Teams Coordinator)
  • Byron Thweatt (Inside Linebackers)
  • Jeff Hanson (Defensive Line)
  • Tripp Weaver (Cornerbacks / Recruiting Coordinator)
  • De'Rail Sims (Running Backs)
  • Drew Dudzik (Outside Receivers)
  • Fontel Mines (Inside Receivers)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

[www.jmusports.com/roster.aspx?path=football Roster]
Last update: December 15, 2017

Ranking movementsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS 1 (134) 1 (152) 1 (148) 1 (156) 1 (154) 1 (157) 1 (160) 1 (160) 1 (157) 1 (156) 1 (162) 1 (163) 1 (153) 2 
Coaches 1 (20) 1 (25) 1 (24) 1 (25) 1 (25) 1 (25) 1 (25) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 2 (1)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Washburn, Rob (August 18, 2017). "CAA PARTNERS WITH CBS SPORTS DIGITAL". Colonial Athletic Association. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "2017 James Madison Dukes Football Schedule". James Madison University Department of Athletics. Retrieved August 2, 2017.