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Albert Chen
August 12, 2002
2001 RECORD: 11-2 (8-0, 1st in MAC)FINAL RANKING: Not ranked AP, No. 21 coaches' poll
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August 12, 2002

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2001 RECORD: 11-2 (8-0, 1st in MAC)
FINAL RANKING: Not ranked AP, No. 21 coaches' poll


Yards of total offense per game for quarterback Byron Leftwich, 2.9 behind the leader, Florida quarterback Rex Grossman.

An opposing coach's view

Gifted QB Byron Leftwich will make opponents pay

" Byron Leftwich is very accurate and has a nice touch. He's got a good arm, mobility, a tremendous understanding of what they do. I think he's the best QB in the country.... Their wide receivers are all equally talented. Darius Watts is very good, but if you double-cover one, Leftwich will make you pay.... If you had to point out a weakness, it's the defense. The safeties are very talented, but this unit has a lot of holes.... They'll be more aggressive because I don't know if they can stand in there and play physical football and beat you."

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