The migration of football players from Virginia to James Madison continued when ex-UVa defensive lineman Juwan Moye enrolled at JMU for the second semester.
Moye, suspended by UVa prior to the Cavaliers’ regular-season finale with Virginia Tech, is one of three 2016 UVa signees who have transferred to JMU.
They have been reunited in Harrisonburg with David Eldridge, a 2015 UVa signee who was with the Cavaliers for two seasons before transferring to JMU, where he had 41 receptions for 524 yards and four touchdowns this past season.
Landan Word and Matt Terrell were 2016 UVa signees and roommates who are now at JMU, where Word played on this year’s FCS national runners-up squad. Terrell spent the 2017 season at Garden City (Kan.) Community College.
The JMU roster includes a fifth UVa transfer, Darrious Carter, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end who had 12 tackles for loss and was a third-team All-CAA.
In addition to the players, Dukes head coach Mike Houston has a pair of ex-UVa staff assistants , defensive coordinator Bob Trott and defensive line coach Jeff Hanson, as well as a former UVa player, Fontel Mines, who coaches the inside receivers.
Moye started five games for Virginia on the defensive line in 2017 before UVa coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Moye and Steven Wright, another part-time starter for the Cavaliers, would lose their scholarships after violating team rules. The Dukes have also added former East Carolina and Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Steve Shankweiler to coach the offensive line. He takes the place of Bryan Stinespring, the former Virginia Tech offensive coordinator who has returned to the FBS level at Maryland.
By the numbers
- Wake Forest (8-12, 1-7 ACC) has lead at some point in the second half in 15 of its first 19 men’s basketball games this season, including a 59-49 loss to visiting Virginia on Sunday. The Deacons had a 30-25 lead in that game with under 17 minutes remaining.
- Pittsburgh, stuck at the bottom of the ACC standings in its second year under Kevin Stallings, had started at least four freshmen in nine games heading into Wednesday’s home game with North Carolina State.
- With its 84-70 victory Tuesday night at Wake Forest, Duke has now scored 80 points or more in 16 consecutive games. Its opponent Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Virginia, has gone 30 games since last giving up 80 points — a double-overtime loss last year at Virginia Tech.
- Virginia has not given up 80 points in regulation in the last 41 games over two seasons and has not given up more than 67 points in a game this year. … Despite its 61-36 loss Tuesday night at UVa, Clemson saw its strength of schedule improve from 13th in the country to sixth.
- The Virginia women’s basketball team is holding opponents to 54.4 points per game in ACC play, which is lower than any ACC men’s team other than UVa (50.5). The Cavaliers’ women, who are in a four-way tie for first place in the ACC, have a 3-22 record in their last 25 games with Thursday visitor North Carolina.
West Virginia freshman Angelo Russo, the Timesland boys swimmer of the year for Cave Spring High School in 2016, was a member of the 200-yard medley relay that broke a WVU Natatorium school record.
On the previous weekend, Russo won the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly events in a dual meet at TCU, where he was also on a victorious 200 medley team.
Earlier, he won the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly in a tri-meet with Seton Hall and Xavier.
North Cross seniors Gray Pollock and Emma Cartledge have made their college choices, with Pollock headed to Haverford, outside of Philadelphia, to play lacrosse and Cartledge picking Emory in Atlanta for tennis.
Pollock has a school-record 239 points heading into his senior season and Cartledge is a two-time Timesland player of the year. They also are standouts in soccer and swimming, respectively.
Mondo Walker, a defensive back from Bethel High School in Hampton, has committed to Army. Walker, rated the No. 59 senior prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times, is the younger brother of Virginia Tech defensive lineman Ricky Walker and ex-UVa defensive back Rijo Walker.