DiNucci finds new home as leader of JMU offense

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- After a turbulent 2017 season at Pitt, Ben DiNucci has found a new home as James Madison's starting quarterback.

DiNucci has been the catalyst for JMU's offense during the Dukes' recent three-game winning streak, including a playoff victory over Delaware. He is completing 72% of his passes and has accounted for nine total touchdowns in JMU's last three contests.

The Wexford, Pennsylvania native is in his first season with the Dukes after an up and down 2017 campaign at Pitt. DiNucci started six games but saw inconsistent playing time with the Panthers.

DiNucci transferred to JMU where he earned the #1 QB job and has started every game for the Dukes in 2018. He was benched after two early turnovers in a loss at New Hampshire but has since rebounded to play some of his best football of the season over the last three weeks.

"It's kind of crazy what difference a year can make, not only for a team but for myself personally too," said DiNucci. "It's awesome playing with these guys, love the coaches....so I wouldn't ask for anything else."

DiNucci and the Dukes travel to play No. 8 Colgate in the second round of the FCS Playoffs Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Hamilton, NY.