Three players competing for JMU football starting QB job

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Three players are competing to earn the starting quarterback job for James Madison football. The group consists reshirt senior Ben DiNucci, redshirt junior Cole Johnson, and redshirt sophomore Gage Moloney.

While the three players are after the same spot on the depth chart, they say it's a been a friendly and supportive competition.

"At the end of the day, we want to win," said Moloney. "We always help each other out.

The same three players competed for the #1 spot last season before DiNucci emerged as the starter prior to JMU's 2018 season opener at N.C. State.

DiNucci started all 13 games for the Dukes in 2018, earning Third Team All-CAA honors in the process. The Pittsburgh transfer threw for 2,275 yards and 16 touchdowns while adding 433 rushing yards and a team-best nine rushing TDs last season. However, DiNucci struggled at times with turnovers. He threw 12 interceptions, including five in a second round playoff loss at Colgate.

Johnson played in four games in 2018. He threw for 523 yards with three interceptions and added a rushing touchdown. He played in just four contests in order to retain of year of eligibility with the four-game redshirt rule.

Moloney played in three games in 2018. He threw for 109 yards and a TD. He appeared in JMU's playoff loss at Colgate.

All three quarterbacks will be on display during JMU's Spring Game Saturday afternoon. Start time is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Bridgeforth Stadium and admission is free.