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THE SIDELINES : Palumbis to Start for Stanford

From Times Wire Services

Jason Palumbis, who was Stanford’s starting quarterback when the 1988 season ended but did not throw a pass last year, has regained the starting job.

On Wednesday, the coaching staff named Palumbis, a junior, the winner of a spring practice, three-way competition. The other quarterback candidates were Steve Smith, who started several games last year, and freshman John Lynch.

Palumbis underwent surgery in December to correct a shoulder problem which had affected his throwing.

“It’s like night and day,” Coach Denny Green says of the improvement in Palumbis’ arm strength.

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“I just regret not having the surgery done earlier,” the quarterback said.


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