Ben DiNucci

Ben DiNucci
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DiNucci with the Cowboys in 2020
No. 7 – Dallas Cowboys
Personal information
Born: (1996-11-24) November 24, 1996 (age 24)
Atlanta, Georgia
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Pine-Richland (Gibsonia, Pennsylvania)
College:James Madison
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 7 / Pick: 231
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • AFCA first-team All-American (2019)
  • CAA Offensive Player of the Year (2019)
  • First-team All-CAA (2019)
  • Third-team All-CAA (2018)
  • Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year (2015)
  • USA Today High School All-American (2014)
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Passing yards:219
Completion percentage:53.5
Passer rating:153.9
Rushing yards:22
Rushing touchdowns:0
Player stats at · PFR

Benjamin Anthony DiNucci (born November 24, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at James Madison and was drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early years

DiNucci attended Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, where he played high school football.[1] As a sophomore, he became a starter at quarterback.

As a senior, he became the first player in Pennsylvania history to throw for 4,000 yards in a single season. He threw for a WPIAL-record 4,269 yards, while also registering 46 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He led his team to a 15–1[2] record, losing in the state championship game. He received 2014–2015 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania, second-team USA TODAY All-American, Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class AAAA Player of the Year, Pennsylvania Football News Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year honors.

DiNucci finished his high school career with 548 of 809 completions for 7,619 yards, 72 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.[3]

College career

Although he originally intended to enroll at the University of Pennsylvania, DiNucci decomitted and accepted a football scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh, after Pat Narduzzi was hired as the new head coach. [4]

As a redshirt freshman, he was a backup quarterback behind Nathan Peterman. His first game experience came in the final offensive series against Duke University. In the 2016 Pinstripe Bowl, he relieved an injured Peterman late in the third quarter, posting three of nine completions for 16 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and two carries for 18 yards in a 31-24 loss against Northwestern University.

As a sophomore, he was named the starting quarterback before the seventh game against North Carolina State University, after senior Max Browne suffered a season-ending right shoulder injury.[5] He was platooned during the year and eventually lost the starting position to true freshman Kenny Pickett, for the season finale 24–14 victory against the previously undefeated No. 2 University of Miami. He finished with 88 of 158 completions for 1,091 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. In December, he announced his decision to transfer to James Madison University.[6]

As a junior, he started all 13 games at quarterback, posting 211 of 309 completions for 2,275 yards, 16 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 433 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns (leading the team). He received third-team All-CAA honors. He had a career-high 316 passing yards against Elon University. He passed for a career-best four touchdowns against the University of Rhode Island. He rushed for career highs of 104 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns at Towson University.

As a senior, he started all 16 games at quarterback, passing for 3,441 yards, 29 passing touchdowns, completed nearly 71% of his throws, had 122 carries for 569 yards and seven rushing touchdowns. He earned All-CAA, CAA Offensive Player of the Year and AFCA first-team All-American honors. He led the Dukes to the FCS Championship Game, where the team lost to North Dakota State University.[7] In the title game, DiNucci completed 22 of 33 passes for 204 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.[8]

He finished his career at James Madison ranked third in completions (479), fourth in passing touchdowns (45) and passing yards (5,716) and seventh in total offense (6,718).

Professional career

DiNucci was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round with the 231st overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, after it became apparent that he was considering signing with either the Cleveland Browns or the Chicago Bears if he were to become an undrafted free agent.[9][8] On October 19, 2020, DiNucci made his NFL debut in relief of Andy Dalton against the Arizona Cardinals.[10] On October 25, 2020, against the Washington Football Team, DiNucci came into the game after Dalton left the game with a concussion. DiNucci threw his first completed pass, for 32 yards, to Amari Cooper. The Cowboys lost 25–3.[11]

On October 31, 2020, the Cowboys announced that DiNucci would make his first career start on Sunday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles due to Dalton being in concussion protocol.[12][13] In the game, DiNucci finished 21-of-40 for 180 yards and two fumbles, as the Cowboys lost 23-9.[14]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

NFL career statistics
Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg Lng TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg Lng TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2020 DAL 3 1 0–1 23 43 53.4 219 5.0 32 0 0 67.8 6 22 3.6 0 0 7 73 4 2
Career 3 1 0–1 23 43 53.4 219 5.0 32 0 0 67.8 6 22 3.6 0 0 7 73 4 2


  1. ^ "Ben DiNucci, Pine-Richland , Pro-Style Quarterback". 247Sports. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  2. ^ "Pitt Football Lands Local Quarterback Recruit". CBS Pittsburgh. January 26, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  3. ^ "Ben DiNucci's High School Football Stats". Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  4. ^ Tepper, Jeremy (March 2, 2015). "DiNucci passes over Penn for Panthers". The Pitt News. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  5. ^ Zuk, Abbot (October 10, 2017). "'DiNucci is the guy': Narduzzi announces quarterback changes". The Pitt News. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  6. ^ Mondell, Jordan (December 14, 2017). "DiNucci announces transfer from Pitt". The Pitt News. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  7. ^ Amaranthus, Bri (April 25, 2020). "Cowboys Select Quarterback Ben DiNucci in First Round of NFL Draft". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Barrerra, Zeke (April 25, 2020). "2020 NFL Draft: Cowboys take 7th-round flyer on little known, championship game QB". Cowboys Wire. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  9. ^ "2020 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  10. ^ "Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys – October 19th, 2020". Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  11. ^ Walker, Patrik (October 25, 2020). "Cowboys vs. Washington score, takeaways: Andy Dalton knocked out of game as Washington rolls". Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  12. ^ "Dalton Ruled Out vs. Philly; 2 Veterans Activated". Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  13. ^ Rapoport, Ian. "New Cowboys starter Ben DiNucci has 'got an edge'". Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  14. ^ Lopez, Selby (November 1, 2020). "National reaction to Cowboys-Eagles: Ben DiNucci was bad, but Carson Wentz may have been worse". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved November 2, 2020.

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