Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dominic Randolph Receives Another Shot at Dream

Who would have thought that the New York Giants would be depending on two FCS quarterbacks for their preseason game this Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers? Sam Houston State's Rhett Bomar will start for the G-Men on Saturday night, and Holy Cross' own Dominic Randolph should relieve Bomar later in the game. Two of the FCS best quarterbacks in recent memory will be hurling the pigskin around the New Meadowlands Stadium, something I am sure many of the Giants faithful never expected to see.

Due to Eli Manning's injury to his head that he suffered against the New York Jets, and Jim Sorgi's ailing shoulder which he will have an MRI on later in the week, Randolph has been called back to the Giants after being released by them during rookie mini camp. While Randolph's stay with the Giants will most likely be determined by the health of Sorgi's shoulder, he will have an opportunity to show his many talents that he displayed during his four years at Holy Cross in front of Giant coaches, the team, and fans. 

If you watched the Giants vs. Jets preseason game on Monday night, you will undoubtedly recall former UMASS standout Victor Cruz's impressive three touchdown performance; Cruz may have earned a spot on the roster with his play.

Randolph is a long shot to remain with the Giants, but if he has an outburst similar to Cruz's, you can bet he may get a serious look from not only the Giants, but other teams around the league looking for a third string or practice squad quarterback. 

"I mean this is what I've been playing for in college and this is what everyone plays for - to get to the next level. It's a great experience. I'm trying to learn a lot, learn as much as I can for this weekend."

All Randolph has ever wanted is a chance. Coach Tom Gilmore took a chance on him by offering him a spot on his Crusader football team: Dom took advantage of this opportunity. Gilmore gave Randolph another chance after he made such a favorable impression on him and then quarterback coach Chris Pincince during spring practice in 2006 that he was awarded the starting quarterback job: Dom clearly cashed in on this opportunity. The Giants are giving Randolph another opportunity, albeit a slim one, but, knowing Dom, he will make the most of his chance.

KD '11

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