Spurrier names starter for opener

LANDOVER, Md.,--Steve Spurrier didn't waste any time after the game. After watching Shane Matthews outplay Danny Wuerffel in the preseason finale, he named Matthews the starter for the Sept. 8 season opener against Arizona.

Matthews completed eight of nine passes for 104 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Washington's 28-14 loss to New England. Matthews played the third quarter, facing the Patriots' reserves.

Meanwhile, in his second outing against a No. 1 defense, Wuerffel struggled. He completed seven of 13 passes for 58 yards. In those two outings, Wuerffel failed to lead one scoring drive.

And, tonight, all three of his second-quarter possessions ended in three plays and a punt. He also fumbled three times and was sacked five times.

''There's not a huge difference between them,'' Spurrier said. ''It seems like Shane plays better at home. . . Danny struggled, but it wasn't all his fault. If Danny had played extremely well, maybe he would be comfortable enough to go play. But right now he's not our best one to go play. Shane is our starter and that's the way we'll go into the season and go from there.''


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