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Elon football's passing attack poses a threat for Towson on Saturday

Despite Elon's struggles winning games, senior quarterback Mike Quinn has shown he can be a capable passer.
Despite Elon's struggles winning games, senior quarterback Mike Quinn has shown he can be a capable passer. (Mark Dolejs, USA TODAY Sports)

Elon may be tied for last place in the Colonial Athletic Association and still in search of its first conference win, but the Phoenix have an effective quarterback in Mike Quinn.

The senior ranks third in the league in passing yards (1,737), trailing only James Madison junior Vad Lee (1,995 yards) and Villanova junior John Robertson (1,866).

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Quinn suffered an arm injury in the first quarter of the Phoenix's 30-10 loss to No. 13 Richmond last week, and he finished just 2-of-4 for 19 yards before giving way to sophomore John Loughery (15-of-24 for 100 yards and one interception).

But Elon coach Rich Skrosky said an X-ray showed no structural damage to Quinn's arm, and the coach anticipates that Quinn will be able to start against Towson (3-5 overall and 1-3 in the CAA) on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

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"As long as Mike gets that full week, we should be in good shape there," Skrosky said.

If Quinn is available for the Phoenix (1-7, 0-4), he can rely on a trio of wide receivers to help him in the passing game. Senior Kierre Brown ranks sixth in the league in receptions with 41 and seventh in yards with 504.

Sophomore Demitri Allison and junior Andre Davis are tied for seventh in the conference with 40 catches each, and Allison has 369 yards, while Davis is just five yards behind his teammate. Skrosky said the wideouts have become dependable options for Quinn.

"It's a diverse group, and in any one game, I think that's held itself true," he said. "It's their sum that makes them better. They're all quick guys, they can get open against some coverage, they've all had good games for us. … We've got some pretty good depth at wideout, and I think the advantage that gives us is that the defense can't just hone in on one guy."

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Elon's passing attack could pose problems for the Tigers, who rank ninth in the CAA against the pass (surrendering an average of 232.0 yards) and 10th in passing defense efficiency (141.8). Coach Rob Ambrose noted that the defense will have to put the clamps on Quinn and his receivers.

"He's a good football player with weapons on the outside that he knows how to find," Ambrose said. "That's why I don't really look at their record. You can throw all the records out the door. This is our Homecoming and we need this one. That's the attitude that will prevail in the locker room. We need this one."

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