Four JMU football alums sign NFL free-agent deals
James Madison football has four players that have received undrafted free agent contracts from National Football League squads. Safety Dean Marlowe will be with the Carolina Panthers, defensive end Sage Harold is going to the Kansas City Chiefs, defensive lineman Brandon Lee is being signed by the Seattle Seahawks and wide receiver Daniel Brown was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens.
One of JMU’s three permanent captains in 2014, Marlowe was a First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association and Virginia Sports Information All-State honoree. He finished seventh among the league’s defensive backs and 19th overall with 7.4 tackles per contest (a career-best 96 total) to go with four interceptions.
Selected to the All-CAA First Team, Harold paced the Dukes’ defense on the front lines, leading the league’s defensive linemen and tied for 42nd overall in the CAA with 5.6 tackles per game (a career-high 73 total). He became just the 14th player in JMU history to record 10 or more sacks in a single season, a mark that is currently at a league-best 13.5 sacks. He also had 23.5 tackles for loss on the year, ranking second in the league and 11th in FCS football, while also forcing four fumbles on the season.
Lee had 36 total tackles (21 solos) along with 10.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three pass breakups, earning him Third Team All-CAA honors. He tied for the league lead with five forced fumbles and his 7.0 sacks (0.58 per game) tied for ninth in the conference.
A Second Team All-CAA selection, Brown ranked among the league leaders in receiving yards and touchdowns this year, finishing with 42 catches for 564 yards and seven touchdowns on the season.