Veteran Duke Thinks Dudzik Will Be JMU's QB

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

Mickey Matthews has been calling the competition for James Madison's starting quarterback job a dead heat for months.

On Wednesday, one of Matthews' veteran players on offense shared who he thinks should be the starter when JMU opens its season at Maryland.

"Both the quarterbacks are battling, they know it's an open position," said senior tight end Mike Caussin. "I think Drew Dudzik has really stepped up, and he's going to be our guy come September 12."

Dudzik, who spent the past two seasons backing up Rodney Landers, is competing with redshirt freshman Justin Thorpe for the starting job.

Caussin said Dudzik has made more plays and shown more consistency and leadership than Thorpe to this point in camp.

"It's just something that, when Drew's in there we feel more a little bit more comfortable. I know I do," said Caussin. "I've had a relationship with Drew, and worked with him a lot in the offseason, so I feel more comfortable with him."

Matthews has said all summer that both quarterbacks would play in the Maryland game, and they could continue to share time throughout the season.

The coach said Wednesday that there was nothing new to report on the situation and added that he didn't expect to name a starter until just days before the opener.

Other offensive players weren't as quick as Caussin to endorse a quarterback on Wednesday.

"I don't know. I don't get into all of that stuff," said senior receiver Rockeed McCarter. "I think they're just both doing a good job as a quarterback, because quarterback is the hardest position on the field."

"I think they look good. I think they're both throwing the ball well," agreed freshman receiver Dae'Quan Scott. "It's going to be a tough decision."

Caussin also explained that his support for Dudzik shouldn't serve as an indictment of Thorpe's performance.

"I mean, Justin's a great player too, and I have all the faith in the world in him," said Caussin. "But like I said, I think Drew's going to be our guy. But both of them can get the job done."


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