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Central Michigan QB Quinten Dormady back to full health, named starter


Central Michigan quarterback Quinten Dormady warms up before facing Eastern Michigan Oct. 5 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

For the second time this season, Quinten Dormady has taken over as the starting quarterback for Central Michigan.

First-year coach Jim McElwain announced Dormady as the starter moving forward following an NCAA suspension to junior quarterback David Moore due to testing positive for a banned substance.

"He is taking the reps with the first team this week and will be our starter," McElwain said Wednesday. 

McElwain also reiterated what senior center Steve Eipper said Tuesday. Even with the quarterback switch, nothing within the offense will change.

"It doesn’t change how we are approaching the game," McElwain said. "We still need to push it downfield and make some explosives for us to be successful this weekend.”

Dormady has been out since Central Michigan's 61-0 loss to Wisconsin in Week 2. He injured his knee on the first drive of the game and was on the bench by the time the first quarter was over.

The 6-foot-5, 219-pound quarterback took second-team reps last week and spent the Oct. 5 game against Eastern Michigan on the sideline in full pads, along with having his uniform and helmet on.

McElwain said Dormady "wasn't quite up to par" with the injury before the 42-16 win over the Eagles.

"Testing that leg is something I wanted to make sure we did," McElwain said. "I won’t put anyone out there without them feeling 100 percent and having total clearance from our doctors and training staff. In his case, he’s ready to go."

Since coming to Central Michigan last spring as a double graduate transfer from Tennessee and Houston, Dormady assumed the starting role for the first two weeks of the season.

Dormady completed 27 of 37 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns in CMU's 38-21 season-opening win over Albany, a program from the Football Championship Subdivision. He fumbled twice in the victory.

His injury against the Badgers opened an opportunity for Moore to get action under center, and he led the Chippewas to a 2-2 record as the full-time starter.

Moore completed 94 of 164 passes for 1,143 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions in five games, of which four he started, before being suspended by the NCAA.