NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 24, 2010) -- Four CAA Football players including James Madison’s Scotty McGee and Arthur Moats and William and Mary’s Sean Lissemore and Adrian Tracy were selected Saturday during the final day of the National Football League’s 2010 Draft in New York, N.Y. The four drafted players, combined with the selection of UMass’ Vlad Ducasse in the draft’s second round Friday, extend a streak to nine-straight years multiple players have been taken from CAA Football. CAA Football’s total of five NFL Draft picks mark the most taken in a single-season since five were selected during the 1999 NFL Draft. The highest number of CAA Football conference players ever taken during a single draft was seven in 1966, which included three by the AFL.
McGee, a cornerback and kick returner for the Dukes, was taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round (203rd overall). During the 2009 season McGee took part in 41 tackles, including 27 solo stops and a tackle for loss. He had a team-best 12 pass deflections, recovered two fumbles and blocked a conversion kick. As a return specialist he averaged a CAA Football-best and No. 2 nationally 30.5 yards per kickoff return and 5.4 yards per punt return.
Moats, the reigning Buck Buchanan National Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, was taken by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round (178th overall). In addition to receiving the Buck Buchanan Award, Moats during the 2009 season was the defensive player of the year in CAA Football and among players from Virginia’s 10 Division I college programs by the state’s sports information directors. Moats was named to All-America First Teams by Associated Press, The Sports Network, the American Football Coaches Association and the Walter Camp Foundation. He also was First Team All-CAA Football, All-Eastern College Athletic Conference and All-Virginia by the state’s SIDs and the Roanoke Times. During the 2009 season, Moats led JMU with 90 tackles, including 42 unassisted, a team-record and national-high 23.5 for loss and 11 quarterback sacks. He was the national FCS leader in tackles among defensive linemen.
McGee and Moats are the first Dukes selected by the NFL since 2000, when Curtis Keaton was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round. McGee is the second CAA Football player taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars in as many seasons (Derek Cox, 2009, third round). Moats is the first CAA Football player selected by the Buffalo Bills since Richmond’s Brian Jordan went to the Bills in the seventh round of the 1989 Draft.
Lissemore, a defensive tackle for the Tribe, was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (234th overall). Lissemore was a four-year contributor on the defensive front for the College, but saved his best overall performance for last, as he earned his first career All-Conference honor by being named to First Team All-CAA Football this season. He also earned First Team All-America honors from the Sports Network by finishing the year with 66 total tackles (30 solo) and 14 TFLs, including 6.5 sacks. While the Dumont, N.J., native also collected a pair of interceptions and had four passes deflected on the year, his contribution to the Tribe defense went beyond numbers as he was simply one of the most dominant interior players in the country.
Tracy, an All American defensive end for William and Mary, was taken by the New York Giants in the sixth round (184th overall). A two-time First Team All-CAA Football honoree, Tracy was also one of the country’s most dominant defensive players. The two-time ECAC All-Star ranked seventh nationally with 1.57 tackles for a loss per game and 15th at 0.79 sacks per game. With 12 sacks, he equaled the single-season school record established by Luke Cullinane in 1996. Additionally, Tracy ranked sixth in the conference in tackles among defensive linemen with 5.6 per game. Tracy finished his senior season having been named to a total of four All-America teams in 2009. In addition to registering an outstanding senior season, the Sterling, Va., native has been one of the country’s top defensive players throughout his career. His 62.5 tackles for a loss leads the nation among all active players, while he ranks third with 31 career sacks – a W&M record. He also started every game of his career (47) en route to establishing a school record.
Lissemore and Tracy join Cox (Jacksonville, 2009) as the second and third Tribe players selected by the NFL in the last two seasons. Lissemore is the first CAA Football player taken by the Dallas Cowboys since JMU’s Macey Brooks was taken in the fourth round in 1997. Tracy is the first CAA Football player selected by the New York Giants since Connecticut’s Dave Bishop was selected in the 11 round of the 1962 Draft.
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Dorian Brooks -- Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Caussin -- Jacksonville Jaguars
Rockeed McCarter -- Denver Broncos
Tyler Eastman -- Kansas City Chiefs
Landis Williams - Denver Broncos
Victor Cruz -- New York Giants
Jeremy Horne - Kansas City Chiefs
Jeromy Miles - Cincinnati Bengals
Chris Zardas - Philadelphia Eagles
Chad Kackert - Jacksonville Jaguars
Scott Sicko - Dallas Cowboys
Sean Ware -- Carolina Panthers
Seth Williams -- New York Giants
Brandyn Harvey -- Atlanta Falcons
Ross Ventrone - New England Patriots
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David Caldwell -- Indianapolis Colts