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HOFHER WAITING TO DECIDE ON STARTING QB

It's not Johnson-Flutie or even Simms-Applewhite, but for the University at Buffalo, Freedy-Secky will have to suffice for a quarterback controversy.

UB coach Jim Hofher didn't use the term "quarterback controversy," but until he decides who will lead his team against Connecticut (0-2) on Saturday, a debate is what he's got.

Fifth-year senior Joe Freedy has started 24 consecutive games and every game the Bulls (0-2) have played since returning to Division I-A in 1999. But during UB's crushing 35-0 loss at Bowling Green, Freedy was replaced by redshirt freshman Randall Secky after throwing a pair of interceptions.

Making his first appearance as a collegian, Secky completed 12 of 29 passes for 134 yards through three quarters. Hofher said on Tuesday that it's likely that both Freedy and Secky will play against the Huskies, but he will make a decision on a starter by Thursday.

"They're competing not only to raise their level of consistency in practice but also who starts out the game," Hofher said. "I suspect that we may end up using both of them but I couldn't tell you today who the starter will be."

Freedy started the first two games against Rutgers and Bowling Green but has completed 25 of 49 passes for only 208 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.

"Joe has more experience and that really needs to show up," Hofher said. "It didn't in the second game."

The race is so even that Hofher joked he's ready to flip a coin. In drills over the last two practices Hofher said one quarterback completed 26 of 48 passes, while the other finished 26 of 49. That brings up the issue of regularly playing two QBs, which has some positives and negatives.

Bowling Green (2-0) is off to a strong start using Andy Sahm and Josh Harris at quarterback, but the two-man system led to Texas' downfall last season. The Longhorns interchanged Chris Simms and Major Applewhite until coach Mack Brown put an end to the controversy and finally named Simms the starter this season. Now Texas is contending for the national championship.

As for UB, Hofher said he needs a quarterback who plays with a high level of consistency and decision making.

"Somebody," he said, "has to do better than the other."

The UB-Army game, which was postponed last week in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., will be made up, possibly on Nov. 24. Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, is also an option. . . . Safety Craig Rohlfs leads the Mid-American Conference in kickoff returns with a 24.3 average. . . . Part of UB's offensive woes can be attributed to its lack of big plays. The Bulls longest run from scrimmage is 11 yards and they have only three plays over 20 yards. . . . If Secky get the nod as starter, that means two redshirt freshmen will start at quarterback on Saturday. UConn starts Keron Henry and his backup is freshman Dan Orlovsky. . . . The Bulls have lost four consecutive games dating back to last season.
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