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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein writes of James Madison DE Olubunmi Rotimi, "a team might look to beef him up and try to make him a 1-gap defensive tackle."

Zierlein points to deficiencies in bend and agility as reason Rotimi might eventually find his best pro fit coming on the interior of the defensive line -- at least if he can bulk up from 6-foot-4, 275 pounds -- rather than coming off the edge. Knee injuries during the past campaign worked to dull his tape, but Zierlein notes that he showed a bit more pop in 2016. Rotimi should be considered a fringe-draftable prospect. On his 400-player big board released on Friday, Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom slotted the James Madison product in as his No. 264 overall prospect in the 2018 draft class.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 4:25 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares James Madison G Aaron Stinnie to Seattle Seahawks OL Rees Odiahambo.

Stinnie (6'5/309) was a three-year starter for the Dukes; a team that was able to reach back-to-back championship games, winning one. Zierlein lists his positives being that he's athletic enough to mirror defensive lineman, and he does a solid job of resetting his hands. He needs to improve his footwork, however, and he's better in pass pro than he is in the run game. Zierlein gives him a late Day 3 grade, meaning Stinnie likely gets drafted in the sixth-to-seventh round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 1:05 PM

Former Pittsburgh junior QB Ben DiNucci transferred to James Madison.

DiNucci (6'2/220) will have two seasons of eligibility at his new home, beginning immediately. He started six games for Pittsburgh last year, completing 55 percent of his passes for 1,098 passing yards and a 5/5 TD/INT rate. DiNucci joins one of the FCS' best programs.
Jan 19 - 3:39 PM

Rivals' Greg Madia reports that Virginia sophomore DE Juwan Moye transferred to James Madison.

Moye (6'3/285) made five starts for the Cavaliers this season and appeared in 11-of-12 games total. The former three-star recruit finished the campaign having recorded 18 tackles (1.5 for loss) and half-a-sack. Because he's dropping down to FCS James Madison, Moye will be eligible to play immediately next season.
Source: Rivals
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 03:53:00 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore QB Ben DiNucci is transferring from Pittsburgh.

DiNucci made the announcement in a tweet, thanking head coach Pat Narduzzi and the staff before announcing that he'd leave in January. The sophomore quarterback played in 10 games for the Panthers in 2017, completing 55 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,098 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions. It's the second quarterback to transfer from the school this week, as former four-star commit Thomas MacVittie also announced he'll leave the program.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 02:16:00 PM

James Madison HC Mike Houston has signed a 10-year extension to remain head coach of the Dukes.

Houston was one of the candidates for the Georgia Southern position before he withdrew from consideration. He lead the Dukes to the National Championship in 2016, and has JMU in the semifinals in 2017 with an undefeated record. With a 27-1 career record and a chance for two national titles in two years, it wouldn't be a surprise if Houston started hearing more FBS coaching talk, even with the ten year extension.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 05:24:00 PM

USA Today's Dan Wolken reports that James Madison HC Mike Houston has taken his name out of consideration for the head-coaching position at Georgia Southern.

Houston is focusing on the Dukes' current FCS playoff run. Wolken hears that while he has taken his hat out of the ring in regards to Georgia Southern at this juncture, it's possible that Houston will be open to an FBS head-coaching position in the coming weeks.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 12:05:00 PM

Pitt sophomore QB Ben DiNucci is not starting Friday's game against Miami.

An ineffective DiNucci was replaced by true freshman Kenny Pickett in last weekend's loss to Virginia Tech and it is Pickett who draws the start on Friday. Should he struggle, we would not be surprised to see DiNucci play in the contest.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 12:17:00 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore QB Ben Dinucci completed 11-of-17 passes for 142 yards in a 34-31 loss to North Carolina on Thursday.

Dinucci was much more effective with his legs in this one, running for 83 yards on 14 carries. That's not to say he was bad with the pass, as he was able to make some big plays through the air. He just wasn't able to find the end zone, and the Pitt defense was unable to stop the Tar Heels all night. Dinucci should make another start next week against Virginia Tech.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 11:25:00 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore QB Ben Dinucci is still considered the starter, but freshman QB Kenny Pickett continues to see reps.

This is all in replacement for an injured Max Browne. In a perfect world, Pickett would've redshirted, but he entered the game in a blowout loss to NC State, eliminating that possibility. That leads us to believe he will see more and more opportunities moving forward.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 10:20:00 AM

Pitt sophomore QB Ben DiNucci will work as starter for the remainder of the campaign with redshirt senior Max Browne undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.

DiNucci (6'2/220) has made one previous start this season, completing 12-of-19 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Georgia Tech back on September 23. He'll face off with NC State on Saturday as he tries to help Pitt dig out of a 2-4 start to the season.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 01:49:00 PM

Pitt sophomore QB Ben Dinucci completed 12-of-19 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 35-17 loss to Georgia Tech.

Dinucci was making his first start of the season, drawing the assignment over Max Browne. Things started out well enough for him, as he hooked up with Qadree Ollison on a 28-yard touchdown pass just minutes into the game. That would be about the extent of the good times for Dinucci. Browne would come on later in the game, but our best guess is that Dinucci continues to see starting work moving forward as the Panthers look to see what they have in the sophomore gunslinger. Pitt takes on Rice next weekend.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 03:45:00 PM

Pitt sophomore QB Ben Dinucci went 13-for-25 for 228 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's loss to Oklahoma State.

Dinucci replaced an ineffective Max Browne in the first half. Whether this showing was enough to displace Browne permanently is not yet known, but the Panthers offense was spinning its wheels with Browne under center. Dinucci isn't Sam Darnold, but this situation feels awfully similar to the one at USC last fall.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 03:47:00 PM

James Madison senior G Aaron Stinnie is an "intriguing Day 3 prospect," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Stinnie helped the Dukes rush for 422 yards on 9.6 yards per carry in Saturday's 20-point drubbing of ECU. "[Stinnie] flashed on tape," Kiper wrote. "He showed powerful hands and blocked effectively on the move and moved defenders off the ball in the run game." The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder is in his third season as the starter at left tackle. His father, Phil, stands 6-foot-8 and is the seventh-leading scorer in VCU history. "Stinnie might have to move inside to be a guard in the NFL, but he's an intriguing Day 3 prospect," Kiper wrote.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 05:44:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay singled out James Madison redshirt senior RB Cardon Johnson as a small-school prospect whose stock rose over the weekend.

Johnson thoroughly dominated the FBS' East Carolina for 265 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-14 win on Saturday. He added two catches for 12 yards. In the second half, Johnson had touchdown runs of 85 and 80 yards. Johnson had 114 rushes for 704 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games last season before an Achilles injury sidelined him.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 01:13:00 PM


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