JMU football recently revealed its spring football roster, which includes three notable veteran Dukes. The presence of defensive end Abi Nwabuoku-Okonji, linebacker Taurus Jones, and running back Solomon Vanhorse on the roster is a significant development for the team.
Both Nwabuoku-Okonji and Jones had entered the transfer portal in the offseason, but are now expected to remain with JMU for the 2024 season. This is positive news for the team as they look to build their roster for the upcoming season.
JMU faced significant losses along the defensive line due to graduation and transfer, making Nwabuoku-Okonji’s return particularly valuable. Despite suffering an injury in the 2023 season, he is expected to be a key player in the team’s defense.
Jones is also expected to make a significant impact as a linebacker for the team in 2024. He played through injuries in the 2023 season but is considered an All-Sun Belt caliber player when healthy. His return, along with the addition of other players, will help bolster the team’s linebacker position.
Vanhorse, known for his speed and versatility, was sidelined with an injury in the 2023 season. However, his return in 2024 is anticipated to provide a significant boost to the team’s offensive and special teams capabilities. Maintaining his health will be a priority for the team as they prepare for the upcoming season. Overall, the return of these veteran players is expected to greatly benefit the JMU football team as they work towards success in the 2024 season.