Moloney to start at QB for JMU

Published: Mar. 8, 2021 at 1:52 PM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Gage Moloney is James Madison’s new starting quarterback.

JMU head coach Curt Cignetti made the announcement during his weekly Zoom press conference Monday.

“He’s been throwing the ball really well in practice,” said Cignetti. “He’s been throwing the deep ball really well in practice. I’ve seen his arm strength improve. His grasp of the offense, he’s not a young guy anymore. He’s really starting to get the offense down.”

Moloney came off the bench to lead a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives in James Madison’s 20-17, comeback win on the road at Elon this past Saturday. Moloney finished the game 3-of-6 passing for 46 yards, including an 18-yard TD pass to Antwane Wells. He added seven yards rushing on three carries.

“I think you put the effort in during the week,” said Moloney following JMU’s victory over Elon. “Coach tells you, everyone is one play away at every position so the backup needs to be ready at any point. I thought I was well prepared. I thought I had been playing well in camp and practices coming forward so I was just waiting for my opportunity.”

Moloney replaces Cole Johnson, who started JMU’s first three games of the spring season. Moloney, a redshirt junior, has appeared in 11 games during his career.

James Madison, currently ranked No. 1 in the country, is scheduled to host Richmond for a 4 p.m. kickoff Saturday, March 20 at Bridgeforth Stadium. This Saturday’s (March 13) matchup against William & Mary has been postponed due to CoVID-19 protocols in the JMU program.

JMU remains at No. 1 in national poll

James Madison remains as the No. 1 team in the latest STATS Perform FCS Top 25 poll, which was released Monday. The Dukes earned 29 first-place votes.

STATS Perform FCS Top 25

1. James Madison

2. Weber State

3. North Dakota

4. Northern Iowa

5. North Dakota State

6. Villanova

7. Nicholls

8. South Dakota State

9. Kennesaw State

t10. Jacksonville State

t10. Southern Illinois

To see the full STATS Perform FCS Top 25, click here.

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