Quarterbacks carry weight of key ACC Coastal game
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Quarterbacks carry weight of key ACC Coastal game

Georgia Tech and Duke have decided division last two years

Photo: Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas.

The latter part of the time-honored football axiom “quarterbacks get too much of the credit and too much of the blame” applies this week to Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas and Duke’s Thomas Sirk.

Both redshirt junior quarterbacks are coming off their low point to the young season. Their lack of individual statistics contributed to disappointing team losses, dropping the Yellow Jackets (2-1) from No. 14 to No. 20 and the Blue Devils (2-1) from among “others” in the voting to shut out in this week’s polls

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."