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James Madison senior WR Rashard Davis caught three passes for 52 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-14 win over Youngstown State in the FCS Football Championship.

Davis wasn't exactly hauling in passes from all over the yard, but he did have one beauty. That 18-yard score came as the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder was drifting toward the left boundary of the end zone. He softly cradled the ball in stride and made sure to tap his toe in the instant before he went out of bounds. The catch was initially called an incompletion on the field before officials reviewed it and rightly awarded Davis his score. That one boosted James Madison to a 14-0 lead. They would eventually stretch that to 21-0 before halftime and while Youngstown State did make a few pushes to tighten the game up, they were unable to overcome the large early deficit. While Davis has never recorded more than 600 yards receiving in a season, this past season, he averaged 29.9 yards per punt return and scored on a quartet of those returns. Size concerns make him a draft longshot, though Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline does like his speed and burst.
Jan 7 - 4:27 PM

Georgia Tech sophomore RB Marcus Marshall announced his transfer to JMU.

Marshall rushed for 654 yards in 2015 and 624 yards in 2016, both team highs, and will be eligible to play immediately for JMU, since the school plays at the FCS level. The James Madison decision should have been one we saw coming, as Marshall's father starred at the school and former Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee transferred to JMU to complete his collegiate career.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 10:09:00 AM

Georgia Tech sophomore RB Marcus Marshall, the school's leading rusher over the last two seasons, has elected to transfer to another program.

Marshall rushed for 654 yards in 2015 and 624 yards in 2016, both team highs. Marshall did not reveal future plans other than saying he will further his academic and football career at another program. He is the younger brother of former Georgia running back Keith Marshall.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 10:36:00 AM

Georgia Tech sophomore RB Marcus Marshall rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Saturday's 30-20 win over Virginia Tech.

Stellar job by Marshall to take advantage of his opportunity, here. He started in place of the suspended Dedrick Mills and came through in flashy fashion. The 5-foot-10, 212-pound sophomore averaged 7.5 YPC with a long run of 56 yards. That 56-yard rumble in the fourth quarter resulted in a touchdown -- Georgia Tech's final score of the game. Mills will remain out on suspension for next weekend's game against Virginia, too, so Marshall will have a chance for an encore in seven days.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 06:53:00 PM

Georgia Tech freshman RB Marcus Marshall will start in place of the suspended Dedrick Mills in Saturday's game against Virginia Tech.

Mills is sitting out the next two games on suspension for an undisclosed indiscretion. That just spells opportunity for Marshall. While the 5-foot-10, 212-pound sophomore has rushed for just 299 yards and a touchdown this season while backing Mills, he has shown flashes in the past, most notably in two huge games last season, when he bulldozed Alcorn State with 184 yards and two touchdowns and later pulverized Pitt with 159 yards and a pair of scores.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 01:06:00 PM

South Carolina redshirt junior QB Connor Mitch will transfer to James Madison for the 2016 season.

The quarterback has two seasons of eligibility remaining and can play for JMU immediately. At South Carolina, Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain were named co-starters following spring activities, so Mitch's spot on the depth chart was practically non-existent. Mitch has dealt with right shoulder and hip injuries in the past.
Tue, Jun 28, 2016 08:23:00 AM

South Carolina redshirt junior QB Connor Mitch will transfer after he graduates this summer.

"Connor has the opportunity to graduate from South Carolina this summer and will look to continue his playing career at another university in the fall," coach Will Muschamp said in a statement. Mitch's day as a Gamecock were probably numbered after Muschamp named senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain as co-starters following the spring. The 6-foot-4, 216-pounder is eligible to play wherever he goes in 2016 and retains two years of eligibility. "I have enjoyed my time at South Carolina and will graduate later this summer," Mitch said. "I believe it’s in my best interest to continue my playing career at another school. I’d like to thank all the Gamecock fans for their support during my time in Columbia."
Source: SEC Country
Fri, May 20, 2016 08:21:00 PM

South Carolina redshirt junior QB Connor Mitch missed practice on Thursday after contracting pinkeye.

HC Will Muschamp immediately began speaking as though Mitch was an extra in the movie Outbreak. Said the coach, "He is very infectious. So we did not allow him to come out [for Thursday's practice]. He’ll be back hopefully in meetings [Friday]. It’s very contagious so you can’t be around anybody or everybody’s going to get and you’ve got a problem." No word as to whether Muschamp was wearing a hazmat suit at the time of his comments, but we'll just assume so. South Carolina's top three quarterbacks in spring competition have now been sidelined due to injury or contagion, with redshirt senior QB Perry Orth suffering a broken collarbone several days ago and sophomore QB Nunez hyperextending his knee a few days before that. Nunez is expected to return at some point next week and you can probably assume the same for Mitch, but Orth's collarbone will take more time to heal. Not the best start for South Carolina's bid to rebound in 2016.
Source: The State
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 08:08:00 PM
Vad Lee - QB - Dukes

Rookie Scouting Portfolio's Matt Waldman would recommend James Madison QB Vad Lee as "a late-round player above several options."

The analyst says that Inside The Pylon's Mark Schofield agrees with the assessment. "Lee happens to have the body type and mobility of past quarterbacks like David Garrard and Steve McNair," Waldman wrote. The 6-foot-1, 213-pound Lee, per Waldman, is also an intelligent game manager, an aggressive passer, a "quick processor to read the coverage, his receivers, feel pressure, and integrate this 'data' into a a well-executed decision," is tough and makes advanced reads and displays "good accuracy that can be transformed into pro accuracy." Keep on eye on the underrated former Georgia Tech signal caller as we move through the process.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 04:17:00 PM

James Madison hired Richmond DC Bob Trott to serve in the same capacity.

The 61-year-old Trott had been Richmond's defensive coordinator since 2010. He indicated that he's known new James Madison HC Mike Hudson for several years, which played into his decision. At the same time, he said, "this is the hardest move I’ve ever made. Richmond is special place for me. Richmond’s players are special to me. It’s a good program. It’s on the right track." Adding to the intrigue, Richmond and James Madison are rivals. This should add some spice to their future showdowns.
Sat, Jan 23, 2016 01:43:00 PM

James Madison hired The Citadel HC Mike Houston as head coach.

Houston directed The Citadel to their first postseason appearance in 23 years last season, posting a 9-4 overall record with a 6-1 mark in the Southern Conference. Houston, whose team beat South Carolina, was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year. James Madison is replacing Everett Withers, who left to take over at Texas State.
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 02:17:00 PM

South Carolina interim HC Shawn Elliott said that he's "not sure when" redshirt sophomore QB Connor Mitch might play again.

Mitch suffered shoulder and hip injuries in early September, but he's back in practice now. When he next plays, though, remains up in the air. Interim HC Elliott said, "Connor’s a fine, fine player and a good quarterback, and he’s going to be able to lead this football team. I’m not sure when it might happen, but he’ll be ready." Perry Orth will draw the start against Florida this weekend. Feel free to continue ignoring him in DFS formats.
Source: The State
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 08:27:00 PM
Vad Lee - QB - Dukes

James Madison redshirt senior QB Vad Lee is out for the remainder of the season, due to a foot injury.

The James Madison prospect was injured during the second half of the Dukes 59-49 loss to Richmond on Saturday. Unfortunately for Lee, his foot will require surgery, ending his career at James Madison. In just eight games of of play this year, the 6-foot-1, 213-pound Lee threw for 2,190 yards with 21 touchdowns, while rushing for 814 yards and eight scores on the ground.
Source: JMU Sports
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 03:31:00 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore QB Connor Mitch (shoulder, hip) has been released from the hospital.

While Mitch suffered a separated shoulder in Saturday's loss to Kentucky, it's actually an infection stemming from a hip bruise suffered in the season-opener against North Carolina that had kept him in the hospital the last few days. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound redshirt sophomore is expected to miss at least 4-6 weeks, if not more. Perry Orth will be starting for the Gamecocks until Mitch has recovered.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 04:48:00 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore QB Connor Mitch is out 4-6 weeks after being hospitalized for a hip infection.

Mitch was battered in each of the team's first two games. He suffered a hip injury in the opener against UNC and then separated his right shoulder in Saturday's loss to Kentucky. "He got treatment all week, and felt like he was ready to go," Spurrier said. "I think he probably just got hit again on that deep bruise, and it is an ugly bruise. That probably aggravated it also." Perry Orth completed 13-of-20 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown against the Wildcats after coming on in relief. "We have confidence in Perry," Spurrier said. "It was unfortunate Connor got hurt, but you have to move on to the next player." It wouldn't be a surprise if Mitch isn't able to return this year, despite the optimistic timetable.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 07:23:00 PM


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