Four Downs From The First Half

Greg Madia, Publisher
Dukes of JMU
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FIRST DOWN – James Madison wasted no time getting tight end Jonathan Kloosterman involved in its offense. Kloosterman returned from a two-game suspension Saturday, and started the game at tight end for the Dukes. On the second play of the game, quarterback Bryan Schor found Kloosterman for a 22-yard gain, which helped JMU move into Norfolk State territory. Kloosterman had two catches for 30 yards in the first half.

SECOND DOWN – Dukes running back Marcus Marshall appears more comfortable within the team’s zone-rushing attack each time he touches the ball. He carried the ball seven times for 40 yards and a touchdown in the first half. He had a long run of 13 yards. Marshall, a Georgia Tech transfer, has had to adapt from the triple-option offense he played in last year to JMU’s system.

THIRD DOWN – It was shades of last year’s FCS quarterfinal when JMU sophomore Bryce Maginley blocked a punt with Norfolk State’s punter kicking from his own end zone. Norfolk State recovered it in the end zone, which resulted in a safety. Last year, Maginley had a touchdown on a scoop-and-score fumble recovery off of Adam Smith’s blocked punt against Sam Houston State in the Dukes’ 65-7 win over the Bearkats in the national quarterfinal.

FOURTH DOWN – Fifth-year senior running back Cardon Johnson went down with an injury at the 9:15 mark of the second quarter. It came after a one-yard run. He came up limping after being tackled, then took a few steps before falling to the ground. There is no official word from JMU on what the injury is yet, but it’s certainly something to pay attention to. Johnson missed the last six games of the 2016 season with an Achilles injury.

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