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Different quarterback, the exact same results

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September 23, 2010

Last Saturday the Falcons football team committed to changing quarterbacks for what appears to be the remainder of the 2010 season. Junior B.J. LeTourneau was named the starter Friday and played every offensive snap against the No. 17 ranked Trine Thunder. The end result, however, was the same as the Falcons loss, 14-35.

LeTourneau replaced former starting quarterback Ryan Luessenheide who had continued to make mistakes in his second year in the starting roll.

“B.J. has been looking good in practice,” said Coach John O’Grady. “He seems to be more comfortable in the pocket.”

In 20 career games, Luessenheide had been 166-322 with 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Watching Luessenheide, he never seemed comfortable, even when he had protection and time to pass he would still miss wide-open receivers. He has played in 22 career games.

Meanwhile, LeTourneau is 30-58 with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions; however, he is still young as far as experience. He has attempted 268 fewer passes then his predecessor and played in just five games, 18 less than Luessenheide.

In Saturday’s loss to No. 17 Trine, LeTourneau was 13-24 for 104 and one touchdown. Joe Ganske was the leading receiver with three receptions for 38 yards. Joel Yogerst caught LeTourneau’s touchdown pass out of the backfield.  Taylor Edwards led the Falcon offense gaining 175 total yards, 169 of which came on the ground. Matt Ainsworth led the defense recording ten tackles, eight solo.

The Falcon Football team is home this weekend against UW-Oshkosh. The Titans received 13 votes in this week’s d3football.com top 25 poll. Both clubs enter the game in search of their first win. UW-Oshkosh is 0-2 after dropping their first two games to Top 10 teams and UWRF is 0-3 after dropping their first three games to teams all ranked No. 17 or higher.

UWRF is 35-18-1 all-time against UW-Oshkosh.  Kickoff is at 2 p.m.; listen live on 88.7 FM WRFW.

Robert Silvers is a student at UW-River Falls.

Comments

Don Richards on 04 Oct 2010: It's good to see something about Falcon football instead of an article about the Vikings/Gophers/Packers/Twins. The Voice should concentrate more on the locals than on the pro teams because professional sports are covered better in daily papers. Falcon athletes need/deserve majority coverage in a student newspaper.