RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Justin Thorpe has won 14 straight games against FCS teams as JMU's starting quarterback. But none of those were in his hometown. He'll get his first chance at that Saturday.
The Varina product leads the second-ranked Dukes into Robins Stadium to play the Spiders. Thorpe was suspended in 2010 when JMU visited UR. In his final season as a college player, he'll finally have one last opportunity to play where he grew up.
Thorpe has been called "the best offensive player in the country" by his head coach Mickey Matthews. But Madison has climbed to #2 because of the best defense in the CAA. He's hoping to lead the Dukes to their fourth win in their last five trips to Richmond.
But Thorpe is not the only one making a return trip to the River City.
JMU tight ends coach Latrell Scott was on the opposing sideline as the Spiders head coach in 2010. Scott led the Spiders to a 6-5 record that year in his first, and only season in Richmond. He stepped down 10 days before the 2011 season after a DUI arrest.