DiNucci preparing to start for Cowboys Sunday night

Ben DiNucci could be making his first NFL start Sunday night.
Ben DiNucci could be making his first NFL start Sunday night.(WHSV)
Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 6:03 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Ben DiNucci could be making his first NFL start Sunday night.

“This is everyone’s childhood dream," said DiNucci during a press conference Thursday. "You get a chance to be the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, what more could you want?”

The former James Madison University star is working with the Dallas Cowboys' No. 1 offense this week in practice and is expected to start at quarterback Sunday night when they play on the road at Philadelphia in prime time. DiNucci saw action in Dallas' recent loss to Washington when he filled in for an injured Andy Dalton. DiNucci went 2/3 for 39 yards passing while getting sacked three times. Dalton left the game against Washington after taking a big hit and has been in concussion protocol. Dallas starter Dak Prescott is out for the season with an ankle injury.

“Ben’s been up here relentlessly here in the last 48 hours," said Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy during a press conference Wednesday. “So he is poreing everything that he personally can into this opportunity that may be in front of him.”

DiNucci was a seventh-round draft pick of the Cowboys in April. He served as JMU’s starting quarterback in 2018 and 2019 after transferring into the program from Pitt. He was the 2019 Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year.

“I had to let my play take care of itself my senior year and that was kind of my M.O. all last year,” said DiNucci. “I said hey if I am good enough, they’ll come find me. So things worked out and here we are year later.”

Sunday night’s game between Dallas and Philadelphia is scheduled to begin at 8:20 p.m. on NBC.

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