Sport: Key Men

Before college football adopted some professional standards, a forward passer had to be five yards back of the line of scrimmage. Before that, two incomplete passes in a row drew a 5-yd. penalty. Nowadays, a sleight-of-hand T-quarterback may pitch right from the line of scrimmage; he may also flip four failures in a row without penalty—though his coach might have something to say about that. The new rules deliberately encourage a more open style of play, and good passers have popped up all over the football map this year. Key men in the T-formation, they can make a poor team better...

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