It looks like former Pitt and Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci has secured an NFL job.
DiNucci, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, had been battling with Clayton Thorson for the No. 3 quarterback spot behind starter Dak Prescott and backup Andy Dalton.
The Cowboys released Thorson on Wednesday, leaving DiNucci as the final quarterback on the roster to fill the spot as the NFL cut-down day approaches on Saturday.
The Cowboys have been happy with the rookie signal caller, who spent his final two collegiate seasons at James Madison after transferring from Pitt, where he played 10 games and threw for 1,091 yards in 2017. In fact, some in Dallas have compared DiNucci to former starter Tony Romo.
“[Head coach Mike McCarthy] said he’s a baller,” Dallas COO Steven Jones said to Sirius XM Radio. “He’s very athletic. Certainly no one is saying he is, but if you remember, Tony Romo was a college free agent. [DiNucci] has some of those type of tools, instinctive and seems to make plays.”
Stephen Jones on @SiriusXMNFL on 7th-rd pick QB Ben DiNucci: "(McCarthy) said he's a baller. He's very athletic. Certainly no one is saying he is, but if you remember, Tony Romo was a college free agent. (Ben) has some of those type of tools, instinctive and seems to make plays."
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) May 8, 2020
McCarthy and DiNucci also share Pittsburgh ties. The Greenfield native is in his first season coaching the Cowboys after spending 13 years with the Green Bay Packers and winning one Super Bowl, beating his hometown Steelers in 2011.