JMU’s Robinson on preseason A-A team
Hermitage graduate moved from QB to DB
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.