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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1995
They have played most of their college football careers in the shadows of others: Danny Kanell in the one cast by his predecessor at Florida State, Charlie Ward; Danny Wuerffel in the one cast by his coach at Florida, Steve Spurrier.But now these former recruiting buddies seem to have emerged, just as their teams are about to meet again in what has become one of the biggest and most significant rivalries in the sport. It will be renewed Saturday in Gainesville, as the sixth-ranked Seminoles try to stop the third-ranked Gators at "The Swamp."
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | May 5, 2007
After being drafted in the fifth round by the Ravens last weekend, Troy Smith knows he has to quiet the critics who say he won't make it as a pro quarterback. When his NFL career informally began yesterday at the team's rookie minicamp, Smith learned of another hurdle to overcome - history. Few Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks survive in the NFL, much less thrive. Such flops as Danny Wuerffel (1996), Chris Weinke (2000), Eric Crouch (2001) and Jason White (2003) - all of whom are out of the league - have proved that the best player in college football often struggles at the next level.
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October 13, 1996
Top performancesPassingSteve Sarkisian, Brigham Young22-for-35, 400 yards, 4 TDsAll of his scoring passes came in the first half. He also rushed for a TD in a rout of UNLV.Dameyune Craig, Auburn27-for-40, 375 yards, 4 TDsTigers quarterback tuned up for showdown Saturday vs. No. 1 Florida and QB Danny Wuerffel.Peyton Manning, Tennessee31-for-41, 371 yards, 2 TDsBroke open a close game with two exceptional scoring passes in the third quarter.Steve Beard, Northern Iowa16-for-24, 347 yards, 5 TDsHe led the Panthers to a 47-10 win over Illinois State.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | December 19, 2006
I'll place myself in the minority and praise Kyle Boller for entering in an emergency, throwing for 238 yards and two touchdowns, and posting a quarterback rating of 112.8 - whatever that means. I'm still waiting for somebody to explain that one to me. Boller trips over his own feet and stumbles around like Chris Henry leaving a nightclub at 3 a.m. These are his signature moves. But he's also a solid backup, capable at any time of making the big play. It's not his fault that the Ravens used a first-round pick on him. Would you rather have Derek Anderson replacing Steve McNair in a playoff game?
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By ROCH KUBATKO | December 19, 2006
I'll place myself in the minority and praise Kyle Boller for entering in an emergency, throwing for 238 yards and two touchdowns, and posting a quarterback rating of 112.8 - whatever that means. I'm still waiting for somebody to explain that one to me. Boller trips over his own feet and stumbles around like Chris Henry leaving a nightclub at 3 a.m. These are his signature moves. But he's also a solid backup, capable at any time of making the big play. It's not his fault that the Ravens used a first-round pick on him. Would you rather have Derek Anderson replacing Steve McNair in a playoff game?
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2003
ASHBURN, Va. - Besides their days at the University of Florida and an affinity for playing under center, Washington Redskins coach Steve Spurrier and quarterback Danny Wuerffel can agree on one more thing. Wuerffel will not unseat Patrick Ramsey as Washington's starting quarterback. After a well-attended morning practice at Redskins Park yesterday, Spurrier stated in no uncertain terms that Ramsey's status as the team's No. 1 quarterback would not change despite the return of Wuerffel, who started four games for Washington last season.
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By Ken Rosenthal | January 3, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- "Florida's greatest quarterback ever," that's how the Gators' band announcer described Danny Wuerffel in a pre-game salute.Fellow Heisman Trophy winner Steve Spurrier certainly won't object, now that Wuerffel has led the Gators to their first national championship."
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | December 12, 2003
ASHBURN, Va. - Sometimes the older brother does know best. Just ask Tim Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck, the quarterback for the Washington Redskins, was still savoring his 13-for-19, 154-yard, two-touchdown performance in Washington's 20-7 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday - his first win since taking over the Redskins three weeks ago and the team's first in four games. Tuesday night, Hasselbeck called older brother and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt, who offered some constructive criticism.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | November 28, 2002
ASHBURN, Va. - Here they go again. The Washington Redskins have seen this pattern before. Their new quarterback sparkles in his debut and guides the team to victory before faltering badly in two straight losses. It happened with Shane Matthews when he powered Washington to an eight-point win against the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener before two consecutive setbacks forced Matthews to the bench. Patrick Ramsey - replacing an injured Danny Wuerffel - led the Redskins to a 17-point rout of the Tennessee Titans before back-to-back losses to the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers earned him a demotion, too. So as Wuerffel, coming off a mistake-free effort in Sunday's 20-17 upset of the St. Louis Rams, prepared for Washington's game against the Dallas Cowboys today at Texas Stadium at 4:05 p.m., did he have any concerns about the troublesome trend?
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2002
ASHBURN, Va. - For third-string quarterback Patrick Ramsey, the coming bye week could be boiled down to a glorified tryout. As the 1-2 Washington Redskins limp into their lone open date of the season with the 25th-ranked offense in the league, coach Steve Spurrier will give Ramsey, 23, the opportunity to show he's ready to make his first NFL start. "It's something I've always wanted to do, but I'm trying to approach it from a professional standpoint," said Ramsey, final first-round pick (32nd)
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | December 12, 2003
ASHBURN, Va. - Sometimes the older brother does know best. Just ask Tim Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck, the quarterback for the Washington Redskins, was still savoring his 13-for-19, 154-yard, two-touchdown performance in Washington's 20-7 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday - his first win since taking over the Redskins three weeks ago and the team's first in four games. Tuesday night, Hasselbeck called older brother and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt, who offered some constructive criticism.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2003
ASHBURN, Va. - Besides their days at the University of Florida and an affinity for playing under center, Washington Redskins coach Steve Spurrier and quarterback Danny Wuerffel can agree on one more thing. Wuerffel will not unseat Patrick Ramsey as Washington's starting quarterback. After a well-attended morning practice at Redskins Park yesterday, Spurrier stated in no uncertain terms that Ramsey's status as the team's No. 1 quarterback would not change despite the return of Wuerffel, who started four games for Washington last season.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | December 24, 2002
ASHBURN, Va. - Special teams for the Washington Redskins have been anything but that lately, but coach Steve Spurrier expressed his confidence in the embattled unit that was woeful on Sunday. The Redskins' 26-10 win over the Houston Texans made it easy to overlook two missed field goals, two 10-yard punts and three punt returns that gained a total of 3 yards, but Spurrier said the team did not plan any significant changes. Cornerback Champ Bailey will return to the punt return duties he had handled for six games before losing the job to defensive back Bruce Branch last week after fumbling punts in consecutive games against the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | December 15, 2002
ASHBURN, Va. - First, the New Orleans Saints. Then, the Green Bay Packers. Now, the Philadelphia Eagles. Welcome to the NFL, Patrick Ramsey. When the rookie quarterback makes his third career start for the Washington Redskins (5-8) at 1 p.m. today at Veterans Stadium, he will seek his first victory as a starter against a Philadelphia defense that many consider to be one of the league's best. "Hopefully, that'll be this week," Ramsey said. "But we know we're playing an excellent football team and an excellent defense.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | November 28, 2002
ASHBURN, Va. - Here they go again. The Washington Redskins have seen this pattern before. Their new quarterback sparkles in his debut and guides the team to victory before faltering badly in two straight losses. It happened with Shane Matthews when he powered Washington to an eight-point win against the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener before two consecutive setbacks forced Matthews to the bench. Patrick Ramsey - replacing an injured Danny Wuerffel - led the Redskins to a 17-point rout of the Tennessee Titans before back-to-back losses to the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers earned him a demotion, too. So as Wuerffel, coming off a mistake-free effort in Sunday's 20-17 upset of the St. Louis Rams, prepared for Washington's game against the Dallas Cowboys today at Texas Stadium at 4:05 p.m., did he have any concerns about the troublesome trend?
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2002
ASHBURN, Va. - For third-string quarterback Patrick Ramsey, the coming bye week could be boiled down to a glorified tryout. As the 1-2 Washington Redskins limp into their lone open date of the season with the 25th-ranked offense in the league, coach Steve Spurrier will give Ramsey, 23, the opportunity to show he's ready to make his first NFL start. "It's something I've always wanted to do, but I'm trying to approach it from a professional standpoint," said Ramsey, final first-round pick (32nd)
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | December 15, 2002
ASHBURN, Va. - First, the New Orleans Saints. Then, the Green Bay Packers. Now, the Philadelphia Eagles. Welcome to the NFL, Patrick Ramsey. When the rookie quarterback makes his third career start for the Washington Redskins (5-8) at 1 p.m. today at Veterans Stadium, he will seek his first victory as a starter against a Philadelphia defense that many consider to be one of the league's best. "Hopefully, that'll be this week," Ramsey said. "But we know we're playing an excellent football team and an excellent defense.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | May 5, 2007
After being drafted in the fifth round by the Ravens last weekend, Troy Smith knows he has to quiet the critics who say he won't make it as a pro quarterback. When his NFL career informally began yesterday at the team's rookie minicamp, Smith learned of another hurdle to overcome - history. Few Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks survive in the NFL, much less thrive. Such flops as Danny Wuerffel (1996), Chris Weinke (2000), Eric Crouch (2001) and Jason White (2003) - all of whom are out of the league - have proved that the best player in college football often struggles at the next level.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 26, 2001
Cade McNown was the 12th pick in the 1999 draft. Aaron Brooks was the 131st, three rounds and several afterthoughts later. Who could have guessed then that Brooks' career would be on the dramatic upswing in two short years, while McNown's would be spiraling toward obscurity? Yet, there they were last week, pointed in opposite directions toward different fates, two quarterbacks passing in the NFL night. When the Chicago Bears gave up on McNown this summer, all they could get in trade with the Miami Dolphins was a sixth-round draft choice in 2002 and a conditional seventh in 2003.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | April 21, 1997
NEW YORK -- Darnell Autry, a budding thespian, played the leading role in a bittersweet NFL draft drama yesterday.Autry, a theater major at Northwestern, was one of the big losers in the draft when he slid to the fourth round before the Chicago Bears selected him with the ninth pick of the fourth round after he passed up his senior year to enter the draft.That means Autry will likely be playing this fall for the $131,000 minimum salary after he gets a modest signing bonus.If Autry had stayed in school and moved up to the second round next year, he would have made a lot more money, but he didn't sound disappointed at the unfortunate turn of events for him.Maybe he's already a good actor, but he said, "Good things come to those who wait.
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