JMU’s Robin­son on pre­sea­son A-A team

Her­mitage grad­u­ate moved from QB to DB

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS2 - BY JOHN O’CONNOR jo­con­nor@times­dis­ (804) 649-6233 @RTDjohno­con­nor

Rashad Robin­son played zero de­fen­sive back dur­ing his var­sity football ca­reer at Her­mitage High School. He was the Pan­thers’ quar­ter­back. Robin­son changed po­si­tions when he ar­rived at James Madi­son.

Robin­son, a JMU se­nior, on Wed­nes­day was named a pre­sea­son FCS All-Amer­i­can DB by Athlon Sports.

“I was ba­si­cally just try­ing to catch up my fresh­man year,” said Robin­son, a 5-foot-11 185-pounder.

Last sea­son, when the Dukes went 14-1 and fell in the FCS ti­tle game to North Dakota State, Robin­son had seven in­ter­cep­tions and also was an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in stop­ping op­po­nents’ run­ning games. Madi­son’s de­fense al­lowed 11.1 points per game, the best in the FCS, and JMU led the FCS in in­ter­cep­tions (31).

Cor­ner­back Jimmy More­land (eight in­ter­cep­tions), also is a re­turn­ing se­nior. More­land, who’s from Royal Palm Beach, Fla., and Robin­son, also a cor­ner­back, ranked among the FCS’ top 10 in in­ter­cep­tions per game.

Also named to the Athlon Sports pre­sea­son All-Amer­ica team was Rich­mond de­fen­sive tackle An­drew Clyde, a 6-3 275-pounder who led the CAA last sea­son with nine sacks for the 6-5 Spi­ders. Clyde is from Dal­las.


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