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AT ISSUE: New starting quarterback spurs Cardinal offense, shows positive results

Experiments can be a sign of a team moving forward - even if the team doesn't adjust right away.

Backup quarterback Andy Roesch, who had only thrown six passes in his career prior to Saturday's football game against the Toledo Rockets, was given the ball in an effort to spark the Cardinal offense in place of two-year starter Talmadge Hill.

The game wasn't a success for the Cardinals, who suffered a 37-17 defeat against the conference rival, but it showed signs of positive things to come.

Roesch completed 56 percent of his passes for 182 yards, one touchdown and one interception. In his past three outings, Hill has thrown eight picks - four in his last game alone. Hill's completion percentage in that game was only 43 percent. Hill had started the last 23 games at quarterback and his 12-11 record was mediocre at best.

Before the game Roesch acknowledged that Hill was a better runner, and then went on to score a rushing touchdown of his own.

Even Toledo head coach Tom Amstutz had good things to say about Roesch.

"That was his first ball game and he really handled himself well," Amstutz said. "He had a lot of poise. I thought he was a good football player."

A change in quarterback doesn't assure more wins, but for two years, one quarterback couldn't lead his team much over the .500 mark.

Finally, instead of settling for average, head coach Bill Lynch went with a fresh face. It may take some time to see results in the win column, but we are already seeing positive results in the pocket.


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