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Dual-Threat Dae'Quan Scott Will Be JMU's Focal Point

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JMU junior offensive lineman A.J.Scott JMU junior offensive lineman A.J.Scott

The James Madison football team is picked to finish 5th in the CAA this season.  

They had a record of 7-4 last year, and missed out on the FCS playoffs.

Head coach Mickey Matthews says, "I've said this a million times: the toughest thing to do in college football is make the I-AA playoffs.  Thirteen out of fourteen years we've been bowl eligible.  Last year if I had been coaching at Virginia or Virginia Tech, we'd have been in Florida playing in a big bowl game."

Former R.E. Lee star Dae'Quan Scott is 10th on JMU's career rushing list, and has led the Dukes in all-purpose yards in each of the past two seasons.

Scott says, "I feel like I'm a receiver playing the running back position.  Just a little bit bigger.  I feel like I can do both pretty well.  I'm comfortable catching the ball.  I like it."

"He's a game-breaker, says Matthews.  "We're going to get the ball in his hands.  He's going to have a lot of touches."

Junior offensive lineman A.J. Scott is Dae'Quan Scott's cousin, and has been blocking for the senior running back pretty much all of his life.

A.J. Scott says, "It's weird, it seems like I have a connection with him.  If I'm blocking a defender, I already know what cut he's about to make.  He already knows which way I'm going to take the defender.  It's real nice that we have that communication, and a connection like that."

"The line, this year they came back and look like an SEC line," says Dae'Quan Scott.  "I was amazed how big they came back over the summer, and what they look like.  I'm excited to run behind them."  

The Dukes begin their run August 31st at home against Central Connecticut State.

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