With the catchy headline – Gryphons look to Jazz it up at quarterback – the Guelph Mercury has broken the news that freshman QB Jazz Lindsey will get the start when the Gryphons take on the Lancers Saturday night in Windsor.
“Jazz will start this week,” Gryphon head coach Stu Lang said. “We still have confidence in the other quarterbacks, but I think it’s time just to change things up. We’ve been looking to get Jazz in earlier in a couple of the games and things just happened.”
I was talking with a member of the 2005 Gryphons after the game Saturday who wondered if it was time to go with the freshman QB. He told me how starting Justin Dunk had turned around the 2005 season. A 1-3 team went 3-1 to finish the season. That included an upset of the Windsor Lancers who were led by sensational RB Darryl Stephenson. The Gryphons finished 4-4 and qualified for the playoffs. There are some interesting parallels there.
And what does Jazz Lindsey have to say,
“I’m excited and nervous at the same time, but not too, too nervous,” he said after practice Tuesday at Varsity Field. “I’m trying not to be.”
“I personally feel that my athleticism is something, I’m not going to say any of the quarterbacks lack, but I find that it’s one of my strong suits,” Lindsey said. “It’s a different pace at the position and a lot of the teams aren’t really used to seeing that from us. It’ll be something they’re going to have to adjust to which I hope will help propel us in the right direction and get some wins.”
I like Rossetti’s athleticism as well, but for some reason he is not running the ball nearly as often as last season. Through four games Rossetti has 17 carries for 79 yards or 26 yards per game. Last season in 7 games Rossetti had 61 carries for 381 yards which works out to 52 yards per game.
Lindsey has only appeared in two regular season games. His longest opportunity and biggest success came in the exhibition game versus Concordia where he brought a spark to the game that ignited the Gryphon offence. Lindsey was named the Gryphon’s Offensive Player-of-the-Game versus the Stingers.
The Gryphons will have one fewer coach going forward this season. All-time Gryphon rushing leader Nick FitzGibbon has signed a free agent contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. This season FitzGibbon had been assisting with the coaching of running backs from the outset of training camp. Hopefully Fitz will have the opportunity to play some special teams for his former coach Kyle Walters. Link to story on the Blue Bombers website.