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Monday, June 17
The Indiana Daily Student


Randle El starts year quickly

Opposing coaches impressed with each team's quarterbacks

College football quarterbacks come in all shapes and sizes. During IU's game against North Carolina State Saturday, two different styles of signal-callers were on display.\nOn one side of the field was junior Antwaan Randle El, part of the new breed of quarterbacks. At 5-foot-10, Randle El is frighteningly quick and is a threat to run the ball just as much as he is to throw it.\nOn the other side of the field was North Carolina State freshman Phillip Rivers, who is more like the traditional quarterback. The 6-foot-5 true freshman is a drop-pack passer with a strong, accurate arm. \nDespite their different styles, both quarterbacks produced the same results in NC State's 41-38 win ' lots of offense.\nRandle El led IU in both passing and rushing with 240 and 81 yards, respectively. Randle El also produced two big plays, by throwing a 57-yard touchdown pass to senior Jerry Dorsey in the first quarter and a 70-yard touchdown bomb to senior Versie Gaddis in the second quarter.\nNorth Carolina State coach Chuck Amato, who praised the IU quarterback earlier in the week, was even more impressed after witnessing Randle El's talents.\n"That quarterback is something special," Amato said. "I'm glad we only play them once. I hope we don't see anyone like that the rest of the year."\nAs for Rivers, he led his team to a 15-point fourth quarter comeback despite throwing the first interception of his career with less than seven minutes remaining in the game.\nRivers picked apart IU's secondary Saturday for 401 yards, completing 31-of-52 pass attempts. Just as Amato talked highly of Randle El, coach Cam Cameron said he was impressed by Rivers.\n"They have excellent skill, and they went and found a quarterback," Cameron said. "That kid is a special talent, those guys don't come around very often. You'll hear about that guy for the next four years."

Leaders take control\nIn the moments following the football team's disheartening defeat, Cameron couldn't get a word in with his team.\nIt's not like Cameron had nothing to say after the Hoosiers blew a 12-point lead in the final five minutes, but IU's four captains ' Gaddis, Randle El, senior defensive tackle Paul Mandina and junior defensive end Kemp Rasmussen ' felt it was their duty to dominate the conversation.\n"Cam didn't have a chance to talk about anything," Randle El said. "The captains took over, and that was it."\nRandle El wouldn't elaborate on what was said in the locker room, but he did say "all the guys were distraught."\n"We just lost a tough one, but, guys, understand that no matter what, we don't give up on one another," Randle El said. "We will always have that loyalty and trust in one another."

Jones plays QB\nFor two plays, the much talked move of sophomore Tommy Jones to quarterback and Randle El to wide receiver actually happened.\nJones saw action at quarterback for two plays midway through the second quarter. In Jones' first play he was sacked by Brian Jamison for a 7-yard loss. Jones' second play was a wild one as he handed the ball off to Randle El, who pitched it back to junior running back Levron Williams for an 8-yard gain. IU got a first down on the play.

Debuts\nThree newcomers, junior wide receiver Henry Frazier, freshman defensive tackle Steve Williams and freshman tight end Aaron Halterman saw their first action in IU uniforms against North Carolina State.\nFrazier, a junior-college transfer from Chabot (Calif.) J.C., was used in the Hoosiers' multiple wide receiver sets. Frazier failed to a catch a pass and his lone touch was 2-yard loss on an option-reverse play in the second quarter.\nWilliams and Halterman are both true freshmen and were used sparingly against the Wolfpack.

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