HARRISONBURG, Va. (CBS19 Sports) -- The JMU Dukes opened up their first fall football camp under their new head coach Curt Cignetti.
JMU is coming off a 9-4 season and losing former head coach Mike Houston to East Carolina University. Cignetti comes from fellow CAA school Elon, and already has high hopes for his new team.
“I think we're way ahead of where we were in the spring and the practice just sorta flowed, and I thought the focus and the retention and the execution was pretty good,” Cignetti said.
The Dukes have also already grown a respect for Cignetti and his coaching style.
“You know, his practices are very fast very crisp very smooth, so you know, you expect that, you know what I mean? And you know, we've got a couple months down in the play book,” said senior defensive lineman Ron’Dell Carter.
Today’s first practice under the new coaching staff was received positively by many players. However, the team recognizes areas of improvement for the duration of fall camp:
“I think it went really well,” said junior offensive lineman Liam Fornadel. “I think both sides competed pretty well and now we're trying to consistently get better so you know, it might have looked good but there's a lot of things that we need to improve on.”
James Madison opens their season on August 31st on the road facing West Virginia.