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Pacific beats Xavier 70-67

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Pacific beats Xavier 70-67

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Trevin Harris scored 16 points Thursday and Pacific held on to beat Xavier 70-67 in the opener of the DirecTV Classic.

Travis Fulton and Tony Gill scored 10 points apiece for the Tigers (2-2), leading Pacific's 28-2 advantage in bench scoring.

Semaj Christian had 18 points and six assists to lead the Musketeers (3-1). Xavier trailed 70-61 with 20 seconds to play but 3-pointers by Dee Davis and Justin Martin helped the Musketeers get within three points.

After a missed free throw by Pacific, Davis had a chance to tie with a 3 but missed.

Davis finished with 14 points, Travis Taylor scored 13 and Martin had 11 points for Xavier. The Musketeers scored the first nine points but the Tigers pulled even at 13 and led 32-30 at the break.

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PROfiles Episode 2: Dwayne Haskins shines in minicamp, ready to compete for starting QB role

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PROfiles Episode 2: Dwayne Haskins shines in minicamp, ready to compete for starting QB role

This is the second episode of a three-part series. You can watch the first episode, remembering when Haskins fell to the Redskins in the 2019 NFL Draft, here.

The Redskins are less than three weeks away from traveling to Philadelphia to kick off their regular season on Sept. 8, but head coach Jay Gruden has yet to name a starting quarterback.

The reasons for that vary depending on who you ask. Veteran Case Keenum is the favorite to win the job, especially with recent injury developments to Colt McCoy.

The Redskins selected the Ohio State product No. 15 overall in this year's draft with the expectation Haskins would compete for the starting job but ultimately start the season on the bench. Now, he must be considered to start.

In the second episode of NBC Sports Washington's PROfiles: Dwayne Haskins, chronicling the signal-callers first offseason and training camp with the team, Haskins lights it up at minicamp, having many media members wonder if the rookie could be thrown into the fire quicker than initially thought.

During minicamp, head coach Jay Gruden said there would be an open competition for the job, including Haskins.

At the start of the episode, NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay said that "he should look good" in minicamp, and expected him to look good until he saw Haskins face a true NFL defense later on in the summer at training camp.

Brian Mitchell agreed with Finlay, and said that Haskins must not take any time off and continue to work every day during the time in between minicamp and training camp in order to best position himself to win the job. He also said that the Redskins don't need to rush Haskins, but "if he's the best quarterback out there, why not play him?"

"I'm not really worried about starting Week 1," Haskins said at minicamp. "I just want to be ready to play Week 1, whether that's this year, next year, or whenever my time may come. I just want to make sure that when I do play, I don't look bad." 

While Gruden acknowledged during minicamp that Haskins still has a long way to go, he was impressed with his rookie QB, saying he was pleased with where Haskins was at in terms of development and learning the system.

Whether Haskins does win the starting job or not, there are plenty of reasons for the Redskins to have high hopes in their young QB.

"I feel like the sky is the limit," Haskins said.

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Derrius Guice and two more Redskins worth watching against the Falcons

Derrius Guice and two more Redskins worth watching against the Falcons

If this were the regular season, you could probably call Thursday night's game against the Falcons a "must-win" for the 0-2 Redskins. It's August, though, so no one in the universe can call it that.

But it's still an important contest.

The third preseason matchup will be the one where the starters play the most, and also be another chance to shine for backups and fringe roster guys. That means everyone in Burgundy and Gold will be worth watching.

These three, however, will be particularly interesting to keep an eye on.

Derrius Guice

On Tuesday, Jay Gruden said he feels it's vital for Guice to "get a couple carries" and "get used to being taken to the ground, protecting the football." The head coach didn't commit to playing the running back in Atlanta, but those comments, plus some reports, indicate his long-awaited return should be coming.

Guice may be the offense's biggest X-factor for 2019. If he's healthy and able to handle a large workload, there's no telling how much of a boost he could be for Washington. Thursday looks like it'll be everyone's first chance to see how ready he is to assume that role.

Everything, from how he runs the ball to how he pass protects to how he catches the ball, will be closely examined. Let's see if he's playing confidently and with a burst in his first live-action since last August.

Greg Stroman

Fabian Moreau is going to miss the Atlanta game because of an ankle injury, which should mean an increased workload for Jimmy Moreland early on. Moreland, though, has already proven he deserves a spot on his team, so while it'll be a nice opportunity for him, Stroman's the one to monitor with Moreau out.

The second-year corner looks to be in a solid position to make the 53 behind Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Moreland. Adonis Alexander could've pushed Stroman for a spot, but he's been hurt as of late.

Still, Stroman could use a strong defensive effort in the secondary versus the Falcons. Plus, with Trey Quinn missing as well, he may be in line for some punt return reps.

Overall, he figures to see the field a lot. It's time for him to make a splash play.

Josh Harvey-Clemons

Shaun Dion Hamilton is dealing with a chest issue and won't be active for the second consecutive week. Last week, Josh Harvey-Clemons got the work in place of Hamilton, and he likely will pick up the slack there again this time.

JHC has put on a ton of muscle and weight since entering the league in 2017 and looks much more prepared to handle his linebacking duties than he was in his first two years. Hamilton and Jon Bostic appear to be the starters there as of now, but both Harvey-Clemons and Cole Holcomb have the potential to push those veterans for snaps.

Watch to see if Harvey-Clemons is making plays in both the run game and the pass game. Rob Ryan would love to see someone emerge at inside linebacker who can truly play three downs, and JHC has the tools to do so. Hopefully he puts them to use on Thursday.

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