JMU's Matthews calls Thorpe "Best Player in America"

HARRISONBURG, VA (WWBT) - Justin Thorpe has had a roller coaster career at JMU.  The Varina grad had a devastating knee injury a year and a half ago. He was suspended for 5 games last year.  But when he's been on the field, the Dukes quarterback has been great at times.

Now he enters 2012 with the load of expectations on his shoulders.  At media day inside Bridgeforth Stadium Friday, coach Mickey Matthews called him "the best player in America" and "the best thrower we've had".

Really the Dukes would like him to just stay on the field.  His fellow offensive players believe that he's matured.  A vocal player anyway, Thorpe has even been more so.  He's had a command of the huddle.  Maturity + talent + weapons = high expectations for the JMU offense.

And in his senior season, Thorpe is welcoming the challenge.  While he doesn't care what fans may think about his checkered past, he knows his teammates have faith that he can make the right decisions this season, and bring the Dukes deeper in the playoffs.

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