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Orr leads Bowling Green past 70 Kent State 55

Orr leads Bowling Green past 70 Kent State 55

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) Chauncey Orr scored 18 points and A'uston Calhoun added a double-double to lead Bowling Green to a 70-55 victory over Kent State on Wednesday night.

Calhoun and Jordon Crawford each scored 12 points and Calhoun added 13 rebounds for the Falcons (7-11, 2-3 Mid-American Conference), who never trailed after Anthony Henderson's 3-pointer broke an 8-8 tie with 11:57 left in the first half.

Bowling Green scored the final nine points of the half to lead 35-22, holding Kent State (11-8, 2-3) to 27.6 percent shooting (8 of 29) in the opening 20 minutes.

The Falcons' lead never fell below seven in the second half.

Randal Holt scored 17 points to pace the Golden Flashes. His three 3-pointers gave him 202 for his career and moved him into second place on Kent State's all-time list, two ahead of Armon Gates (2003-07) and current assistant coach Eric Haut (2000-04).

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Dwayne Haskins has secured the starting job, now he wants to secure more authority

Dwayne Haskins has secured the starting job, now he wants to secure more authority

The Redskins' starting quarterback job now officially belongs to Dwayne Haskins.

Next up? The rookie wants take more ownership of and have more confidence in the offense he's being asked to direct for the next seven games.

In his first midweek turn at the team's podium in Ashburn, Haskins reflected on how he felt more at ease as his first start in Buffalo progressed. That's a comfort level he hopes grows starting with this Sunday's matchup versus the Jets.

"The more reps I got, the more rhythm I got with my eyes and my feet and being able to look at guys in the huddle and tell an All-Pro Brandon Scherff what the play is and have some authority behind it meant a lot for me," Haskins told reporters on Wednesday. "I feel like I'll continue to get better at that."

One thing Haskins has spoken of often, even going back to training camp this past summer, is wanting to play the position more with his instincts as opposed to instincts-after-thinking. It sounds like that process has begun, and with each contest, those instincts will kick in more and more.

That authority Haskins wants to have, though, doesn't just come from on-field performance. It's about how he behaves each day leading up to Sunday and the commitment he displays while preparing.

Those were things that apparently weren't being taken care of early on this year, but he certainly seems more aware of them now, which is quite encouraging.

"Everyone is watching what you're doing, how you handle yourself, how you walk in the building and how you walk into a meeting," he said. "That's all very important for the guys who want you to lead them."

So, the question now becomes how all of these factors — a deeper understanding of the offense, a more mature approach, the security that comes from knowing he's the No. 1 signal caller — influence Haskins' production. Can he show enough flashes from now until the end of the season for the Redskins to believe they can truly build around him?

Terry McLaurin, who's seen what a locked in Haskins can do firsthand, gave a terrific comparison for what that version of the QB looks like. And if No. 7 can get to where No. 17 has witnessed him get to before, then this final stretch of 2019 will be very fun.

"I kind of describe it as an elite shooter," McLaurin explained. "Ray Allen, any type of elite scorer in the NBA you can think of being in a zone. It's like, 'Man, it doesn't matter who's in front of him, what he's seeing, it's just the ball's going in.' I see that a lot out of Dwayne when he gets going, when he's confident."

Haskins, meanwhile, was more straightforward when it came to describing what he wants to get out of this next month and a half.

"I know I can play at a high level," he said, "so I've just got to do it."

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What Lamar Jackson has done in his first 16 game 'season' as starting QB

What Lamar Jackson has done in his first 16 game 'season' as starting QB

Lamar Jackson hasn’t been the Ravens’ starting quarterback for a calendar year, but on Sunday in Cincinnati, he wrapped up his first career “season” as quarterback of the Ravens. 

In his 16th career start, he led the Ravens to a 49-13 win over the winless Bengals and stated his case for MVP with both his arm and his legs, spotlighted by a spin move that left the Bengals’ defense in shambles.

Still just 22-years-old, Jackson hasn’t had as much time as other young quarterbacks to develop in a system. And he’s still an MVP candidate. 

If you put together the two seasons from 2018 and 2019, Jackson’s first NFL “season” is now complete.

Through the first 16 starts of his career, over two seasons, Jackson is on-pace for 3,078 passing yards and 1,258 rushing yards. The NFL record for rushing yards in a season is 1,039 yards, set by Michael Vick in 2006. 

That means that through Jackson’s first 16 starts, he’s on a pace of 4,336 total yards from scrimmage. 

He’s 260-for-413 passing, a completion percentage of 62.9 percent. He’s thrown for 20 touchdowns and has thrown eight interceptions in his starts, too. 

On the ground, he’s rushed for 10 rushing touchdowns and fumbled 14 times. He’s also been sacked 33 times. 

Through his 16 starts, the Ravens have a 13-3 record. The only losses came to the Chiefs in 2018 and the Chiefs and Browns in 2019. 

He and the Ravens lost a playoff game to the Chargers last season, though those numbers aren’t reflected in his regular-season starts. 

Jackson has improved rapidly in his second year and is currently on-pace for nearly 5,000 total yards and nearly 40 combined touchdowns. Even with an adjustment period in 2018, his first NFL “season” has surpassed nearly all expectations for him.

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