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At six feet and 192 pounds, Qadry is slightly bigger than Raghib, who was listed last year by the Fighting Irish at 5'10" and 175 pounds. However, Qadry is almost as fast. Last spring he earned All-America honors in track, running the 55-meter indoor hurdles in a school-record 13.67 seconds.
Although he still has more than a season and a half of eligibility remaining, Oadry already is Syracuse's alltime kick return leader, with 1,591 yards on 71 returns. "Soon when they talk about me," Oadry says, "it will be about what Oadry the Missile did today and not about what Oadry the Rocket's little brother did." Even Qadry might be surprised to learn that his stats in receptions, kickoff returns and all-purpose yards are ahead of the Rocket's at a similar stage last season and also compare favorably to those of another Notre Dame man, Tim Brown, when he won the Heisman in 1987.
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Ty Gets a Win
Brigham Young's Ty Detmer—you remember him, right?—sounded more peeved than relieved after the Cougars had wrapped up a 21-7 Western Athletic Conference victory over previously unbeaten Air Force, ending a nightmarish five-game losing streak since Detmer was announced as the 1990 Heisman Trophy winner last Dec. 1. Asked about his critics in the media, Detmer said, "They'll write what they want to. They'll say this was a weak Air Force team. They don't look for the good, only the bad. But they'll have to write we're undefeated in the WAC."
Yes, they are, but that's no big deal considering how weak the WAC looks this season. With the Falcons out of the way, in fact, BYU could go unbeaten the rest of the way—only Texas-El Paso appears to be a threat—and Detmer will be able to pad all those offensive records he already owns. But Detmer's career is still destined to be remembered as the most shocking reversal of fortune in the Heisman's 56-year history.
In those five consecutive losses—two at the end of last season and the first three games of this year, all on the road—the Cougars have been outscored 228-100. During the losing streak, Detmer was sacked 19 times and threw almost as many interceptions (eight) as touchdown passes (nine).
Against Air Force, which carried a seven-game winning streak into the game, Detmer returned to form, passing for 340 yards and two TDs. However, his protection also broke down so often that he was forced to scramble for a career-high 42 yards rushing. "I don't run unless I absolutely have to," Detmer said afterward. "Getting that many yards running is purely an accident." Is it cruel to suggest that his winning last year's Heisman Trophy was, too?