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Joe Lefeged

\ The freshman - best known to Maryland fans for a helmet-to-helmet hit in the final minute of the second quarter that knocked Jordan Steffy out of a Sept. 29 game - was at it again on Saturday. The Associated Press reported this morning that Syracuse has sent tape to the Big East office about - get this - a helmet-to-helmet hit in the final minute of the second quarter on Orange quarterback Andrew Robinson.\

\ Steffy’s hit was reviewed by the ACC office (which supplied the officials for that game) and ex post facto deemed to be an illegal hit. That didn’t do Maryland any good, and Steffy still hasn’t been cleared to play since going into La-La Land in Piscataway.\

\ Robinson fumbled after he was crushed by Lefeged in Saturday’s 38-14 loss. He did not leave the game, but coach Greg Robinson chimed in yesterday about the specific play.\

“That was a vicious blow to the head, helmet to helmet,” he said. “That is a little frustrating when I look at it. Andrew’s too competitive. He’s got to know when to hold them and when to fold them.”\
\ Hmmm. Andrew Robinson has already been sacked 29 times this year, and Syracuse is headed nowhere (again). But that’s two schools in three weeks that have accused Lefeged (and, by association, Rutgers) of applying cheap shots on defense. The Scarlet Knights might want to give Lefeged a remedial class in proper tackling technique, because it stands to reason officials will be vigilant for any illegal hits from him the rest of the season.\

\ – Patrick Stevens

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