The Thundering Herd took on the Boilermakers on Sunday.
TRANSFER YEAR (2014): Sat out the season after transferring from JMU to Marshall in summer of 2014 ... Was scout team quarterback and was named Defensive Scout Team MVP for the looks he provided to the Herd defense in practice.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013 at JMU): As JMU starting QB, was 227-of-376 passing (.604) for 2,728 yards, 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, and also rushed 129 times for 310 yards and three scores. The Dukes finished 6-6 (3-5 Colonial AA) ... Top passing performance was 23-of-34 for 355 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-38 home loss to Stony Brook in Week 11. The next week in the season finale, he rushed for 136 yards on 26 attempts and was 20-of-39 passing for 170 yards in a 28-17 loss at Towson ... In Week 2 at FBS member Akron, went 29-of-42 passing for 310 yards and three TDs ... Also passed for three scores in midseason win over Albany ... Career-long pass completion was a 71-yarder in Week 7 home win over Richmond ... Caught a 16-yard pass in win over Villanova ... Also punted eight times, averaging 30.0 yards per kick. Had a 44-yard punt in the 35-33 loss at Akron.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012 at JMU): Only Dukes true freshman to play in 2012, seeing action in eight games with two starts (versus Georgia State, Maine) before injuries ended his season ... Threw for 478 yards on 41-of-77 with four TDs and one interception and rushed 26 times for 179 yards and one TD ... Season-long completion was 39 yards (twice) ... Came off the bench at Richmond and was 11-for-22 for 159 yards and one touchdown, plus seven carries for 73 yards and one score on the ground ... Had a season-best 36-yard carry against the Spiders ... Got his first start in the win over Georgia State (11-for-23, 119 yards and one TD; 6 rushes, 43 yards).
HERD FILE: Born Dec. 6, 1993 ... Majoring in Sports Management at MU ... Went to JMU from Matoaca High School, where he threw for more than 3,000 career yards, with 31 touchdowns ... Central District Player of the Year and All-Central District first team by the coaches his senior season after throwing for 1,758 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing for 400 yards and six scores ... Richmond Times-Dispatch second team All-Region and All-Metro, as well as Virginia Preps.com All-Central Region Special Recognition and all -region second team honors in 2011 ... Ranked No. 41 among the top 100 players in Virginia by the Roanoke Times ... Threw for1,057 yards and 10 touchdowns his junior year while playing in just six games ... Quarterback MVP Award at the March 2011 National Underclassmen Combine in Richmond ... Played basketball and baseball in high school ... Father, Frank Birdsong, played college football at Newport News Apprentice.