JMU roundup: Simmons, Williams earn football honors

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James Madison’s Dejor Simmons and Kwe’shon Williams each earned a Colonial Athletic Conference Player of the Week, for their performance in Saturday’s 38-31 win over Richmond. Simmons was name the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week, while Williams was the CAA Rookie of the Week.

Simmons finished with a career-high 141 yards on three kickoff returns. The junior highlighted his stellar play on the second half’s opening kickoff, which he returned a conference- and school-record tying 100 yards for his first collegiate score. The 100-yard return was just the second such return in program history and the team’s first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2008.

Williams showed no signs of an injury that prevented him from playing the previous week, turning in a career day in JMU’s win over the Spiders. The rookie finished with career highs with nine tackles, including four solo, and three pass breakups. Williams also came away with his second-career interception, which he returned 35 yards and that led to touchdown that gave the Dukes a 28-9 third-quarter advantage.


RICHMOND – James Madison volleyball freshman right side hitter Janey Goodman was named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week on Monday. This is the third time this season that Goodman has collected the conference’s Rookie of the Week accolade.

Goodman helped lead JMU to a 2-0 record over the weekend with wins over Towson and Delaware. She collected a team-high 24 kills and added seven blocks in eight sets played over the weekend. In the win over Towson, Goodman led the team with 14 kills, averaging 3.50 kills per set. She followed that up 10 kills and a team-high five blocks in the win over the Blue Hens.

This season, Goodman leads the team with 231 kills, averaging 3.08 per set. She ranks seventh in the CAA and first amongst freshman in both categories. The left-hander is fourth on the team with 48 blocks, averaging 0.64 per set.

Goodman is the third CAA player to collect one of the league’s weekly honors for the third time this season, joining Hofstra’s Kelsie Wills and Delaware’s Ariel Shonk.

Northeastern’s Kelly Bacon was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week while Shonk collected Defensive Player of the Week accolades.

JMU returns to action this weekend with a road trip to UNCW and the College of Charleston. The Dukes face the Seahawks at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 before continuing south to play Charleston on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.