James Madison is led by a transfer at quarterback in former Georgia Tech starter Vad Lee. The Dukes will also depend heavily on former North Carolina wide receiver Sean Tapley as well as some former Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players on defense.
However, here are three nontransfers who could be factors for James Madison during Saturday’s game against Maryland:
Sophomore running back Khalid Abdullah: Abdullah will likely share time with freshman John Miller and transfer Alden Hill, but he is listed as the No. 1 running on the Dukes’ depth chart and averaged 5.1 yards per carry in a backup role last year.
Senior wide receiver Daniel Brown: Tapley is James Madison’s top receiver and probably the Dukes’ biggest threat on offense besides Lee, but Brown has proven capable of making plays as well. Brown is 6-feet-5, 220 pounds and had 42 catches for 665 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He is listed as the starting receiver opposite Tapley.
Senior outside linebacker Sage Harold: Harold is one of the Dukes’ top players on defense. He had 8.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in eight games last year.