Dukes Still Searching for Starting QB

By: Daren Stoltzfus Email
By: Daren Stoltzfus Email

At the close of spring practice, James Madison is still looking for a starting quarterback.

"It's still a wide open race. There's still a lot of things we need to get better at," said Dukes head coach Mickey Matthews.

For much of the spring, it's been a four man race. Rising junior Justin Thorpe, who is the only quarterback to see game time in college, redshirt freshman Jace Edwards, Kansas State transfer Billy Cosh, also a redshirt freshman and true freshman Austin Cobble have all fought for the top spot.

Due to injuries and a lack of bodies, Matthews said Cobble has practiced with the wide receivers and the quarterback battle has primarily shifted to a three man race.

"I think all three guys, Justin, Billy and Jace have all done some really good things," said Matthews. "Certainly on certain days you have feelings you know, who should be the starter, but we're going to wait until August to make a decision."

Matthews also noted, he's not ruling out using Cobble, or former R.E. Lee standout DaQuan Scott at the quarterback position. When the season rolls around, the head coach says it's all about finding the best athlete, and the best player regardless of style.

"They're different guys. God made us all different, and he made all the quarterbacks different," said Matthews. "We want to see some of the things they do best and tailor our offense to what they do best."

So once again, when Fall camp opens, the Dukes will still be searching for their signal caller. And even though by now, to some the process may be old hat, Matthews says it's obvious what needs to happen come fall for the Dukes to find their quarterback.

He said, "I don't think there's any secret to it, there's no magic. You just have to make some decisions and work your fanny off to make it successful. "

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