The Dukes’ defensive front was one of the team’s strongest position groups last year, made up of two All-Americans at defensive end in Ron’Dell Carter and John Daka, and stout interior pieces in nose guard Adeeb Atariwa and defensive tackle Mike Greene (Highland Springs), a third-team all-Colonial Athletic Association pick.
When James Madison concluded its last practice session in Frisco, Texas, ahead of the mid-January FCS national championship game against North Dakota State, it never would’ve imagined that the next such session wouldn’t come for another nine months. But, after the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the spring practice period and eventually pushed the FCS season to the spring of 2021, that became the reality.
The CAA will continue an 18-game league schedule but will have a different format this year. To assist with limiting travel and helping assist the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff, teams will play the same opponent at the same site on consecutive days. There will be one exception, when a team plays its designated travel partner; that weekend, each team will play one home game and one road game.