Harrisonburg, VA (Sports Network) - James Madison's quarterback position is
still steadying itself while the Dukes go through spring practice under veteran
coach Mickey Matthews.
Matthews considers sophomore Michael Birdsong a potential star in the making
after he impressed as a true freshman last season, including two starts.
Starter Justin Thorpe has been granted a sixth season of eligibility this year
due to two serious injuries, but he left the Dukes program during the
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Birdsong is expected to the starter this season,
although he is adjusting to a new offensive scheme under offensive coordinator
"He just needs to not turn the ball over," Matthews said of Birdsong, who threw
for 478 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 179 yards and one touchdown
Birdsong has been backed in spring practice by redshirt senior Quintin Hunter,
who hasn't played the position in three years. Matthews said JMU plans to add a
transfer quarterback later this year.
JMU, which finished with a 7-4 record last year, including 5-3 in CAA Football,
will host Central Connecticut State in its season opener on Aug. 31.
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