This college season so far haslived up to its billing as the yearof the QB. However, unexpectednames are creeping into the QBpicture:
Jarrett Brown, WestVirginia senior
: Brown satbehind Pat White since arriving,and East Carolina coach SkipHoltz said he’d rather prepare toface White because of Brown’spassing ability. Brown is 43 of 57for 577 yards, four TDs and nointerceptions. He’s also rushedfor 157 yards.
Aaron Opelt, Toledo senior:
Has 742 passing and 132 rushingyards against two BCS opponents.
Greg Alexander, Hawaiisenior:
Thrown for 757 yards,including 453 vs. Washington State.
Jacory Harris, Miamisophomore:
Only one game, butone heck of a game (21 of 34 for386 yards in win over Florida State).
— Derek Samson
Three reasons Saturday’sgame at No. 1 Florida mightbe rough on Tennessee QBJonathan Crompton:
The Gators havenot yet allowed atouchdown.
The Gatorsrank ninthnationally in passefficiency defense.
Crompton threw threeinterceptions againstUCLA, which ranked 71st intotal defense last season.
Crompton, Vols feelthe heat,
Lane Kiffin likesGators’ D,
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New additionsto the QB club
Week 2 is too early to panic. Or is it? Some NFL players already arein danger of having disappointing seasons, but others who struggledin Week 1 seem far more likely to bounce back.
Week 1 stinkers
Who will rebound and who is on theway down after lousy opening outings
Jake Delhomme, QB, Panthers.
If hekeeps sticking the football inopponents’ chests, no way thePanthers can stick with him as theirstarter. Sunday’s game at Atlantamight be Delhomme’s last chance. IsDelhomme’s confidence shaken afterhaving 11 turnovers in his last sevenquarters of action?“They have a right to ask, and theway I played it looked like that,”Delhomme said. “But I don’t feel likethat.”
Braylon Edwards, WR, Browns.
He isplaying on a bad team with aninexperienced quarterback in BradyQuinn. Two seasons ago, Edwardscaught 80 passes for 1,289 yards and16 TDs. He won’t approach thosenumbers after a one-catch perfor-mance Sunday.“Nobody really played well onoffense,” Edwards said.
Steven Jackson, RB, Rams.
They wereshut out in Week 1, and Jackson wasshut down. In ’06, he led the NFL inyards from scrimmage. But therebuilding Rams often will have toabandon the run and play catch up.
TIME TO PANICSTAY CALM
Jay Cutler, QB, Bears.
Throwingfour interceptions in the openerwill not change his approach.Cutler had a three-interceptiongame last season and respondedwith a 447-yard performance thefollowing week. With linebackerBrian Urlacher out for the season,more responsibility will fall onCutler and the offense.“One loss isn’t the end of theseason,” Cutler said. “There weresome miscommunications. I can’tput those guys in that position.”
Jake Long, LT, Dolphins.
Long was beaten for two sacks in Week 1 byFalcons DE John Abraham. Howrare was that? Long only gave up2½ sacks all of last season as arookie. Colts DE Dwight Freeney isup next, though.
Steve Slaton, RB, Texans.
Slaton’s twoworst games have come againstRex Ryan defenses, includingSunday against the Jets (ninecarries, 17 yards). With Ryan in therearview mirror, look for Slaton to bust loose.
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Led by Pablo Sandoval, right, theGiants beat Colorado 10-2 Tuesday.
They still might be Giants
In need of a three-game sweepto stay within striking distance of the N.L. wild card-leading Rockies,San Francisco made it 2-for-2 on Tuesday night behind Barry Zito’ssharp seven innings. The Giantshave trimmed Colorado’s lead to 21/2 games heading into tonight’sfinal meeting of the season.