JMU's Latest QB Battle Now Underway

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

It's the same question James Madison coaches have faced for three springs now.

Who is the Dukes' starting quarterback?

"It doesn't seem to go away. But that's part of the deal," head coach Mickey Matthews said Friday, just prior to the team's first practice of the spring. "That's why they hired us, to solve problems. And we're going to solve this one."

Matthews called this year's four-man quarterback battle "as wide open as it could get."

Rising junior Justin Thorpe is the only quarterback with any college game experience. But he's still recovering from a knee injury that basically cost him the 2010 season, and was very limited in practice Friday.

Redshirt freshman Jace Edwards took the early snaps with the first team offense Friday. Behind him were Kansas State transfer Billy Cosh, also a redshirt freshman, and true freshman Andre Coble.

"I think the competition is going to be very fierce. I don't think there's any question, it's going to be a fierce competition," said Matthews. "As the spring goes along hopefully the picture will clear up."

"When they were recruiting me they told me the quarterback job will be wide open," said Coble, who spent last semester at Fork Union Military Academy. "All I want to do is come in here and compete, and hopefully get a starting spot."

"That's why I came," said Cosh, who enrolled at JMU for the spring semester after a season at Kansas State. "It's a great opportunity for all of us, us quarterbacks. We're excited about it. I think our guys know we're working hard, and just excited to come out and ball out."

"We're looking for a guy who can lead us, and complete passes. Be a great field general for us," said Matthews. "But it's as wide open as it could ever be."


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