JMU pass-rusher Green (knee) out for season

  • David Hale, ESPN Personnel WriterNov 6, 2023, 11:48 AM ET


    • ACC reporter.Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of the University of Delaware.James Madison pass-rusher Jalen Green will miss the remainder of the

season after suffering a considerable knee injury in Saturday’s win over Georgia State, the school revealed Monday. Green leads the country in both sacks and takes on for loss.JMU coach Curt Cignetti stated it was a non-contact injury suffered when Green pivoted to chase

the QB on a scramble play in the 4th quarter of Saturday’s game.The injury will require surgical treatment, the school said.Through nine games, Green has 15.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss, along with 7 QB rushes, an interception (returned for a goal)and two forced fumbles. He needed just five more sacks to break Elvis Dumervil’s FBS record.”We’ve got a couple other guys in the mix who could see increased playing time,” Cignetti said.”Amar Thomas at defensive end and Mychal McMullin at defensive deal with.

We’ll be 2-deep plus on the protective line. We’ll figure it out. We’ve got some versatility. However you can’t change a guy like Jalen. He had probably more production as a pass-rusher than anyone in the country this season. “Green had actually currently set the Sun Belt Conference single-season record for sacks and was one sack shy of the program’s all-time record. JMU signed up with the Sun Belt last season after moving up from the FCS level. He likewise set the school record with five sacks in a game on Oct. 19 vs. Marshall. “Everybody feels actually bad for him,”Cignetti said.” He was having a remarkable season, had an opportunity to break the sack record: 15 and a half sacks, 21 TFLs, he put a lot into this season. The silver lining would be he drew in the NFL scouts ‘attention, which I understand is his goal, to play in the league. He’s had a great deal of interest in the NFL the last few weeks.”A Baltimore native, Green is a redshirt senior, WHO also missed the totality of the 2020-21 season with an injury, however Cignetti said Monday that Green is not eligible for a medical difficulty waiver and will not have the ability to return next season.”He’s disappointed, but he’s a fully grown guy,” Cignetti said.”He’s got dreams of playing in the NFL. He’s got to have that surgical treatment and go through the rehabilitation procedure and prepare yourself for his opportunity. “Cignetti stated Green had”a great deal of interest from the NFL in the last few weeks “JMU is 9-0 on the season, however because it is in an NCAA-required transition year from FCS, it

is not qualified for the Sun Belt national championship or any postseason appearances and will not be

ranked by the College Football Playoff committee. The Dukes are 21st in the CFP rankings. They’ll take on versus UConn in your home on Saturday.

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