Spiders' Strauss to get 1st start vs. #2 Dukes

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Michael Strauss is finally getting his chance. After two years at UVA, and half of his first season at UR, the quarterback will make his first collegiate start Saturday against second-ranked James Madison.

Strauss replaces senior captain Jon Laub, who broke his ankle, likely ending his career, this weekend against New Hampshire.  Strauss threw a touchdown on his first play of the game, but could not lead the Spiders to victory.

After last fall, Strauss transferred from UVA.  He hadn't though about going to Richmond, until then-teammate Michael Rocco told him to call his uncle.  The rest his history.

Strauss lost the QB competition to the senior captain, but Danny Rocco says that the competition was really close.  In fact, he said that Strauss was a quicker runner, and had a better touch on his passes.

The new quarterback will need those strengths this weekend for his first start.  James Madison is 5-1, with their only loss to West Virginia. They have one of the best defenses in the country, and Rocco knows to make the playoffs, the Spiders need a signature win.  This may be their last chance.

The last time the Spiders won a game against a ranked opponent - the last time the Dukes came to Richmond.  In 2010, Will Kamin kicked a field goal in OT, to secure a 13-10 UR victory.

Kickoff is 3:30 Saturday at Robins Stadium.

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