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SBU coach Chuck Priore expects both QBs to play

Stony Brook QB John Kinder throws under pressure

Stony Brook QB John Kinder throws under pressure against UConn on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The depth chart still lists John Kinder as No. 1 quarterback going into Stony Brook's game against American International at 6 p.m. Saturday at LaValle Stadium, but Conor Bednarski is no worse than No. 1A.

Coach Chuck Priore said Thursday that both will play as the Seawolves (0-2) search for their offense and the season's first win against the Yellow Jackets (1-0), who are preseason favorites in the Division II Northeast-10 Conference.

The lack of offensive production forced Priore to alternate quarterbacks in a 19-16 loss at FBS Connecticut last week. Bednarski led an 88-yard drive in the fourth quarter that might earn him a longer look against AIU.

A juggling act at quarterback never is easy, but Priore said, "I've done it before in my career . . . I've gone undefeated two straight years playing three quarterbacks, so it doesn't faze me."

Asked if the quarterback rotation could last all season, Priore said, "I don't know. The reality of it is that when we step on the practice field, if they both practice the same, they both need to play. If one pulls away from the other, then you make a decision.

"I'm not going to sit here and fib and say I want to play two quarterbacks, but they are different quarterbacks and there will be times for both of them. New Hampshire played two quarterbacks all year last year, and they did pretty well . I think both of those guys, for their first time being college quarterbacks, have done fine."

It seems hard to believe, but the Seawolves are two plays away from being undefeated -- a fourth-down TD pass by Bryant in the opener and a 72-yard punt return by UConn. "Good teams make those plays," Priore said. "Right now, we've got to focus on our issues. We have to do better on our end.

"I think our problem as a team is that we're not in sync offensively, and that's got nothing to do with the quarterbacks. Fundamentally, we can play better. We've had eight third-down plays that we've either had penalties or missed assignments. Add eight first downs, continue to drive and it's a different game."

The offensive statistics are undeniably poor. In two games, the Seawolves have totaled 17 first downs, six by rushing, and are averaging 94.5 yards rushing and 243.0 yards total offense. They have converted seven of 40 plays on third and fourth down. They are averaging 86.5 yards in penalties.

So it's not all on the quarterbacks. "There's 21 other people on the field plus kickers and punters," Priore said. "The reason we're 0-2 is because we haven't played well throughout those positions."

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