Jordan McCloud, Top James Madison vs. Air Force Players to Watch – Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Written By PlayPicks Staff on December 9, 2023

The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will see the James Madison Dukes hitting the field against the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, December 23, 2023. Kickoff is at 3:30 PM ET on ABC.

The Dukes last took to the field against the Old Dominion Monarchs, and they emerged victorious 30-27. The Falcons fell short by a final score of 23-3 last time out against the Army Black Knights.

Last time out for the Dukes, Jordan McCloud finished with 26 completions on 35 attempts (74.3%) for 324 yards, throwing five touchdowns and one interception plus one rushing touchdown. Ty Son Lawton carried the ball 14 times for 73 yards and one touchdown. Elijah Sarratt hauled in six passes for 107 yards with three touchdowns.

For the Falcons in their last game, John Busha completed eight of 17 passing attempts (47.1%) and totaled 131 yards through the air while throwing one interception and one touchdown as a rusher. Dylan Carson had 12 rushing attempts and finished with 132 yards and one touchdown. Brandon Engel ended the contest with four catches for 57 yards.

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James Madison Players to Watch

  • McCloud has thrown for 3,413 yards while completing 68.9% of his passes (262-of-380), with 32 touchdowns and nine interceptions this year (284.4 yards per game). He’s also carried the ball 92 times for 311 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 25.9 yards per game.
  • Kaelon Black has rushed for a team-high 594 yards on 131 attempts (49.5 yards per game) and one touchdown. He also has 204 receiving yards on 21 catches (17 yards per game) and three touchdowns.
  • Son Lawton has 568 yards on 126 carries (47.3 ypg), with five rushing touchdowns.
  • Sarratt has 74 catches, leading his team with 1,076 yards (89.7 ypg) while hauling in eight touchdowns this season.
  • Reggie Brown’s stat line this year shows 51 catches for 1,010 yards and nine touchdowns. He averages 84.2 receiving yards per game.
  • Phoenix Sproles is averaging 35.2 yards per game, racking up 47 receptions for 387 yards and three touchdowns.

Air Force Players to Watch

  • Emmanuel Michel has 169 carries for a team-high 747 rushing yards (74.7 per game) and nine touchdowns.
  • Jared Roznos has hauled in 11 receptions for 332 yards, best on his team, and two touchdowns. He averages 47.4 receiving yards per game.
  • Cade Harris has also contributed with 179 yards on five catches and one touchdown. He puts up 29.8 receiving yards per game this year.
  • This season Engel has caught 10 passes for 178 yards, averaging 22.3 receiving yards per game.

James Madison Recent Stat Leaders

  • Amar Thomas has hit the gridiron for of the Dukes’ last three games, recording .
  • Greyson Cadd has helped lead the Dukes’ defense with in their last three games.
  • Ryan Hanson has helped lead the Dukes’ defense in their last three games with in games.
  • With , Josh Sarratt has helped spur the Dukes’ defense over their last three games.

Air Force Recent Stat Leaders

  • As a playmaker on defense in the Falcons’ last three games, Quin Smith has recorded in games.
  • The Falcons’ Caden Blum has posted one sack to go with three tackles for the Falcons in their last three games.
  • The Falcons’ Jalen Mergerson has amassed one interception to go with nine tackles and one pass defended in the Falcons’ last three games.
  • Zachary Larrier has collected nine tackles and one pass defended for the Falcons in their last three contests.

James Madison vs. Air Force Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
James Madison -2.5 -110 -110 41 -110 -110

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Team Stat Comparison

James Madison Air Force
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 35.2 (23) 27.6 (69)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 18.5 (11) 17.9 (8)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 13 (70) 8 (16)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 14 (42) 11 (87)

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