FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 05, 2008
Josh McGregor named starting QB for ASU game
In the short history of the JU football program, the Dolphins have never faced a bigger test than the one they face Saturday.
In the middle of the fray will be a true freshman guiding the JU offense as the Dolphins face the three-time defending national champions and No. 1 ranked Appalachian State on Saturady at 3:30 p.m.
Coming into training camp, Josh McGregor was expected to add some depth at the position and started camp as the fifth string QB. Now a week into the season, McGregor will be the starter for the first time.
"Josh did a lot of good things in the second half against Savannah State and we were able to move the ball when he was in," said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. "There's something about him that just makes plays when you need him to. He had a great camp and has impressed us all with his ability."
Called to start the second half of a scoreless game at Savannah State, McGregor confidently led the Dolphins on three straight scoring drives to produce a 17-0 lead that they would not relinquish.
He started his JU career by completing six of his first seven passes and dashed in for the Dolphins first touchdown from 13-yards out to give JU a 10-0 lead.
"Josh's athleticsm gives him an added dimension as a quarterback," Bell said. "If everyone is covered, he has the ability to take off and make something happen with his feet."
He will become the first true freshman to start at quarterback for JU since Greg Kannapel in 1999 and is believed to be just the second in school history.
Saturday's game will be broadcast locally on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the play-by-play. The Bono's Tailgate Show begins the broadcast at 3 p.m.