James Madison senior defensive lineman Brandon Lee (Sterling, Va./Park View) was honored Monday as The Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week, College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week, and by the Colonial Athletic Association with its weekly defensive award for his dominating performance in a 62-7 win Saturday against visiting Towson.
Lee made his presence felt by recording five total tackles, with 3.0 tackles for 19 yards of loss, including 2.0 sacks for 16 yards, and three forced fumbles resulting in two JMU recoveries. The second forced fumble directly resulted in points, as it was caught in the air by linebacker Rhakeem Stallings and returned 27 yards to put JMU up 20-0.
JMU freshman cornerback Jimmy Moreland (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Royal Palm Beach) earned the CAA’s Rookie of the Week honor. Moreland earns his second honor of the season as he was CAA Special Teams Player of the Week after the Lehigh victory
Moreland blocked a 44-yard field goal attempt, his third blocked kick of the year, leading to Madison scoring its second touchdown of the game to go up 13-0. Later in first half, Moreland recorded his team-high third interception and returned it 26 yards for his second pick-six of the season. He also recorded four tackles as part of a defense that limited Towson to just 67 yards rushing (1.6 ypr) and 234 total yards for the game (3.2 per play).