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  Todd Centeio threw three touchdowns, Percy Agyei-Obese ran for two scores and James Madison took control from the start in a 63-7 win over Norfolk State on Saturday. The Dukes built a 35-0 halftime lead which allowed backup quarterback Bill Atkins to relieve Centeio. Atkins was 6-for-7 passing for 48 yards with a touchdown. Kris Thronton caught seven passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns and Devin Ravenel caught two touchdowns for James Madison (2-0). Agyei-Obese had 12 carries for 88 yards and JMU finished with 235 yards rushing. Da'Quan Felton's 90-yard touchdown reception to start the third quarter served as the Spartans' lone score. Otto Kuhns threw for 203 yards for Norfolk State (0-2). - James Madison/AP College Football

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  Graduate transfer Todd Centeio threw six touchdown passes to tie James Madison's single-game record and the Dukes made a sparkling debut at the FCS level with a 44-7 win over Middle Tennessee in a season-opening game on Saturday night. The Dukes, a two-time FCS champion moving into the Sun Belt Conference, were never challenged, piling up 548 yards of offense and holding the Blue Raiders to 119, just 12 on the ground. Centeio was 21 of 33 for 287 yards and ran for 110 yards on 14 carries, helping James Madison to its 20th-straight home opening winning. Kris Thornton had 12 receptions for 155 yards, hauling in three straight touchdowns, covering 7, 35 and 19 yards. That came after Reggie Brown had touchdown receptions of 20 and 29 yards to start the scoring. Middle Tennessee had 11 first downs, 20 less than James Madison, and had the ball for just 23 minutes. - James Madison/AP College Football

rSr/2023 QB Todd CenteioJames Madison
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  In just one week, James Madison had two defensive tackles leave the team and retire from the sport of football, leaving what was one of the deepest parts of the roster thin. First it was redshirt freshman Tyler Negron, a reserve nose guard that provided depth along the defensive front on Aug. 19. But earlier this week the Dukes' defensive line lost a bigger piece, redshirt senior Tony Thurston, who logged 45 tackles and nine tackles for a loss last fall, hung his cleats up.

JMU head coach Curt Cignetti said he was excited about the defensive line's depth entering fall camp and that both of the departures surprised him. "I thought we had a lot of depth, a lot of guys that could become players," Cignetti said. "It takes a big commitment and sacrifice and if your heart's not totally into it … it takes a special breed to play this game. That's a tough loss from a depth standpoint, but next man up." That next man up for the Dukes is a handful of interior linemen, including redshirt sophomore James Carpenter, redshirt sophomore Jordan Funk, Marshall transfer Jamare Edwards and Rutgers transfer Jamree Kromah, who was recruited to JMU as a defensive end. Though the Dukes have a quartet of interior defensive linemen ready to play against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 3, Cignetti said the depth at that spot is a concern. - Daily News-Record


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  Mikail Kamara is a name to know on the James Madison football team. "He's a big, twitchy guy," said James Madison redshirt senior tight end Drew Painter. "He's fast. He gets off the ball. He'll give you a good punch off and when you gotta get him down, he's hard to get down...he just plays hard and flies around." Kamara is expected to be a big-time contributor for JMU along the defensive line this fall. The Ashburn, Virginia native will likely start for the Dukes after missing all of last season due to injury. Kamara has worked his way back on to the field after multiple torn labrum injuries. "I had a huge surgery where they put a bunch of rods in, a whole bunch of stuff," said Kamara. "So the first month or so I was in a sling, back-to-back slings. And then after that was when I started getting a little bit of shoulder motion and the by October (2021) is when I started touching the weight room, I started running and doing stuff like that." The explosive defensive lineman first burst on the scene at JMU during the 2021 spring season when Kamara registered three sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in just six games. He's hoping to make even more of an impact for the Dukes in 2022. - WHSV.com

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  There's no debate when it comes to the No. 1 wide receiver at James Madison. Redshirt senior Kris Thornton returns for the Dukes after a breakout campaign in 2021, when he earned First Team All-CAA honors and set a JMU single-season record for receptions. "He's so important," said JMU redshirt senior safety Sam Kidd. "Obviously he's a deep threat. His speed...that's so significant." Thornton hauled in 83 receptions for 1,097 yards and 13 touchdowns last fall. He made his JMU debut in the 2021 spring season when he registered 26 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns across eight games during a modified season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Manassas, Va. native is now the clear leader of a position group that lost superstar Antwane Wells Jr. (2021: 1,250 yards, 15 TDs) to South Carolina via the transfer portal while Scott Bracey (2021: 20 receptions, 299 yards) exhausted his eligibility. "I think the main thing that changed for me was trying to be more of a leader this year," said Thornton. "I was kind of a leader last year but trying to really lead the younger guys and the new people coming into our room this year. That's really my main thing that changed with my role." Thornton, who played two seasons at VMI and sat out the 2019 campaign after transferring to James Madison, is the only JMU player to earn preseason all-conference honors from the Sun Belt. He was named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt First Team offense. "It's been a long ride, I know that," said Thornton. "I came in 2017 at VMI and now six years later, I am finishing up...I have played two seasons at JMU and I am ready for this season coming up." - WHSV.com


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  2022 PRESEASON PATRICK MANNELLY AWARD WATCHLIST: Kyle Davis, James Madison,...The Waxhaw, N.C., native has had zero bad snaps both on punt and PAT/field goal units during his career, aiding in 95 made field goals, with the majority coming from Ethan Ratke, the NCAA all-time leader in career field goals (101). That included a JMU-record 29 field goals in 2021 and 27 in 2019. Davis was one of 25 FBS senior student-athletes selected to the preseason watch list. He was one of three Sun Belt Conference long snappers honored, joining South Alabama's Travis Drosos and Troy's Peter Skinner. The Sun Belt was one five FBS conference with at least three nominees. - James Madison Football

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  James Madison defensive lineman Jamare Edwards was on the sideline during the Dukes' spring camp, but his impact on the defensive side of the ball won't be absent for long. When Edwards returns to the field with the Dukes for fall camp, his 6-foot-3, 281-pound frame will not be hard to miss. The Miami, Fla., native transferred to JMU from Marshall this past January, just days before the spring semester started. While with Marshall, Edwards was a force on the defensive front. In his five seasons there, Edwards made 34 appearances with 15 starts, racking up 87 tackles, six sacks and 17 quarterback hurries.

This season, he'll get a chance to square off with his former team as the Thundering Herd will make their way to Harrisonburg in October. Marshall head coach Charles Huff said he's excited to see Edwards in the Sun Belt this season and is rooting for him, except in the game against the Thundering Herd. "Jamare's an athletic specimen for his size," Huff said. "He's got really good agility. He moves well for a defensive lineman, knows the game...He did a really good job for us." In Huff's first season at Marshall, Edwards played in 10 games, logging 29 total tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks. - Daily News-Record


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  As James Madison makes its Sun Belt Conference debut at the league's annual Media Days in the Big Easy, the program continues to see an increase in its ticket sales. The Dukes have sold 7,455 season tickets, which is just 100 shy of an all-time record, JMU assistant athletic director for communications Kevin Warner told the Daily News-Record on Tuesday. "Great support keeps growing from JMU Nation!!" JMU Athletic Director Jeff Bourne tweeted after the DN-R reported the updated sales statistics. "Season tickets [are] still available, just over a month until kickoff!" JMU has seen an increase in sales since mid-May, when they had sold 6,626 season seats to that point. - Daily News-Record

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  On pace to break a program record, James Madison continued to see a rise in football ticket sales as the calendar turned to July. But the Dukes also lagged a bit behind some of their new league rivals in the Sun Belt Conference. As of Tuesday, JMU had sold more than 7,300 season tickets for its debut season in the Sun Belt. The Dukes, longtime members of the Colonial Athletic Association, are making the transition from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

While the Dukes have easily led the CAA in attendance in recent years with multiple sellouts at Bridgeforth Stadium, which seats 24,877, JMU's record for season tickets sold in a single year is 7,500. The school remains on track to easily surpass that total. "We are currently at 7,368 season tickets sold," JMU assistant athletic director for communications Kevin Warner said earlier this week. "Last year, we sold 6,853 season tickets total. From a year-to-date comparison, we are 938 season tickets ahead of this point last year." That's a 14.5 percent increase from July of 2021. Single-game tickets also went on sale at the start of July, with the Dukes seeing a massive increase in that category over a year ago. - Daily News-Record


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  On Friday, James Madison will become an official member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Dukes will now be covered by ESPN+. JMU Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne said the transition to the Sun Belt would provide the opportunity for JMU student-athletes to gain increased exposure on a national stage. "The conference is a phenomenal landing spot for JMU," emphasized Bourne. "This is a day we've been looking forward to for a long time." The Dukes have a long history of standout female athletes, and Bourne said he expects women's sports to thrive in the Sun Belt and beyond. "In the next five to ten years, we're going to see women's sports occupy a greater part of the scene," he added. "We're excited about the opportunity to promote this growth because we've had so many successful women's programs at JMU." - WHSV.com

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  When EA Sports' newest NCAA College Football video game releases, Bridgeforth Stadium is going to look and sound realistic. With a targeted release date of next summer, according to Matt Brown of the Extra Points newsletter, the video game developer has been collecting audio and video assets from schools to use in the latest edition of the game, including James Madison. JMU sent five songs to EA Sports; the fight song, "Get It On," "Start Wearing Purple," "All We Do Is Win," and the JMU Alma Mater, according to Kevin Warner, JMU associate athletic director for communications. "To EA Sports' credit, they're working very hard to capture the specific game day feel of each venue," Warner said. The Dukes also sent a few video board and public address announcing prompts for the game, including one for first downs, the "J-M-U Dukes" cheer and the AC/DC song Hells Bells for third downs. - Daily News-Record

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  Kickoff times and broadcast information has been announced for the first two games of the 2022 James Madison football season. JMU will open the campaign with a 6 p.m. game against Middle Tennessee State at Bridgeforth Stadium on Saturday, September 3. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and it will be the first contest for the Dukes as an FBS team. One week later James Madison will host Norfolk State for a 4 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, September 10 with live coverage available through digital streaming on ESPN3. - WHSV.com

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  Growing up, Antoine Booth took any opportunity to visit James Madison in order to catch a game inside Bridgeforth Stadium. A young football player at the time, Booth watched as the Dukes battled Colonial Athletic Association foes like Richmond and William & Mary. As he sat in the stands, Booth had the thought of playing at JMU creep into the back of his mind. Booth's father, Tony, starred for the Dukes during his four years in Harrisonburg. The older Booth was a two-time All-American, set the single-season interceptions record in 1997 (now second-most) and was drafted in the seventh round by the Carolina Panthers the following season.

Fast forward to this week and Antoine, a Michigan State defensive back, announced he was transferring to JMU, following in his father's footsteps. Booth said his dad never pressured him to pick the Dukes, but was happy when he told him he was trading his green and white in for purple and gold. "To be honest, it was a dream come true to be able to commit to JMU," Booth said. "This was something that I loved. I've always had love for JMU." The former Spartan only spent a couple weeks in the transfer portal after entering the NCAA's revolving door after Michigan State's spring game. - Daily News-Record


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  Just after Nehki Meredith announced his commitment to James Madison on Wednesday evening, he was playing basketball at the Dukes' student university rec center. The NC State transfer defensive back was quickly taken in by the Dukes' players when he arrived for a visit earlier in the day and he already knew a few of them from the Hampton Roads area. He wasn't the only Power 5 defensive back to announce his decision to transfer to JMU on Wednesday, joined by Michigan State corner Antoine Booth as the Dukes continue to boost their secondary with FBS transfers.

Meredith, who played at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, was teammates with Dukes' cornerback John Ransom and played against running backs Latrele Palmer and Kaelon Black during their prep years. The Virginia Beach native was also on the same youth basketball team as Dukes' linebacker Taurus Jones, so JMU felt like home. - Daily News-Record


rFr/2026 CB Nehki MeredithJames Madison
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  Updates regarding the NCAA transfer portal and the James Madison football team after the Dukes recently wrapped up spring practice. Incoming Transfers: Antoine Booth,...Cornerback from Michigan State...Four years of eligibility remaining (redshirted in 2021)...Son of JMU Hall of Fame football player Tony Booth. - WHSV.com

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