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December 21, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Staff Writer
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Phillip Ely had to be patient for much of his career, but now it appears to have paid off for the Toledo quarterback. Ely will provide a major test for the Temple defense when the teams meet in the Boca Raton Bowl. This season the 6-foot-1, 202-pound native of Tampa, Fla., has completed 54.9 percent of his passes and thrown for 2,680 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in his first full season as a college starter. With a quick release, he has been sacked just four times in 375 passing attempts this season.
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December 10, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Tyrod Taylor would not be the best quarterback to run Chip Kelly's vision of a zone-read offense. He was, however, the best alternative available during an offseason in which the Eagles' coach/general manager paid a high price to bring in Sam Bradford from the St. Louis Rams. This, of course, is hindsight and we know how clear our vision can be with that as an aide. But listen to Kelly talk about Taylor and you wonder if there's just a tinge of regret for not signing a guy who was available as a free agent at the low cost of $3.35 million over three seasons.
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December 9, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Much of Keenan Reynolds' success during his career at Navy has come from his ability to fake a would-be tackler in one direction and cut the other way, which is kind of like what he did last week with reporters when the subject turned to the Heisman Trophy. "Sure, I'm definitely grateful to be in the conversation," the senior quarterback said during last week's Army-Navy luncheon at Lincoln Financial Field. "I think every kid has that dream of hoisting the trophy. But that's not why you play the game.
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November 9, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Every generation, it seems, laments what is to become of the one that follows, and sometimes it does so with justification. For proof, we offer the state of NFL quarterbacks. The best ones, with a few exceptions, are all in their 30s. There is, in fact, an epidemic of bad among the 20-somethings, with the Eagles' Sam Bradford, 27, at the very bottom, according to ESPN's system for ranking signal-callers. Instead of simply calculating passing numbers, which is how a standard rating is figured, ESPN's quarterback ratings take a more detailed look at game situations.
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October 3, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
There was sadness within him, nothing more or less. When he learned that Evan Murray, a 17-year-old quarterback at Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington, N.J., had died from football last Friday night, Miles Austin did not tie the tragedy to any aspect of his own life, his own experiences in the sport. He could have. The connections were apparent. During a game against Summit High School, Murray rose from the ground after a tackle, his teammates steadying him as he wobbled, and walked off the field before collapsing on the sideline.
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September 23, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles made a change at No. 3 quarterback, but it did not involve Tim Tebow. They signed quarterback Thad Lewis and released Stephen Morris on Monday, giving them a new third-string quarterback behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. Lewis, 27, is 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds and went to Duke. He started five games for the Buffalo Bills in 2013 and one for the Cleveland Browns in 2012. Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was his head coach with the Browns, and was also Shurmur's offensive coordinator in St. Louis in 2010.
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September 13, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tommy Wyatt is like a kid with a new toy. So is Brian Furlong. The two senior quarterbacks will be at the controls as their teams unveil no-huddle spread offenses when Overbrook visits Audubon Saturday at 11 a.m in a Colonial Conference Liberty Division game. "It's going to be a lot of fun," Wyatt of Overbrook's new offense under first-year coach Frank Wilczynski. "It's going to help me a lot. " Furlong feels the same way about Audubon's change in offensive philosophy under fifth-year coach Dom Koehl.
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August 28, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
Sam Bradford, Eagles: He's an interesting mid-round pick for someone who has one of the top-three QBs. If he flourishes, Bradford could be trade bait. Tom Brady, Patriots: Whoever makes the stupidest testicle joke at the draft has to buy the pizza. Brady will sit the first four games for deflating footballs. For now. Drew Brees, Saints: His yardage and touchdowns have declined each of the last four seasons, but that's only because he was playing at such a ridiculous level. Not having Jimmy Graham (and Kenny Stills)
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August 27, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
WHENEVER YOU take over a program, there's going to be any number of what-ifs to be concerned about. Even if you've been part of it as an assistant for almost three decades and have 10 Ivy League rings to show for that. One thing new Penn football coach Ray Priore doesn't figure to lose much sleep over this season is the guy taking snaps from center. And that can never be bad. "I think the mark of any program, since I've been in the league, you live and die by your quarterback play," he said yesterday.
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August 27, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
First off, it's the "zone-read" and not the "read-option. " Chip Kelly made that point early in his tenure with the Eagles. "Zone-read is just one guy," Kelly said in November 2013. "You read the defensive end or whomever and keep it. If you're running read-option, you're pulling off of him and then you have a pitch-back. " The Eagles use the zone-read, although not nearly as much, Kelly has insisted, as many believe. It is a play that involves the quarterback in the shotgun, holding the ball in the basket of a running back with two hands and either handing off or keeping based on his read of an unblocked defender.
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