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For the season, McAndrew has passed for 1,548 yards and 15 TDs; Demarchis, a southpaw who also rushed for 103 yards and three scores vs. Abington, has thrown for 1,395 yards and 15 TDs.
The southpaw struggled against the Buckeyes, tossing no touchdowns and two interceptions on 19-of-40 passing.
But Lomachenko, a southpaw who compiled an incomparable 396-1 record as an amateur, did not attempt to downplay his arrival on the professional scene.
For the season, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound southpaw has rushed 161 times for 1,308 yards and 16 scores.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound southpaw has carried 124 times for 1,057 yards and 15 scores.
Complementing Holland will be Jake McGee as the team’s top southpaw and soft-tossing veteran (and Greinke hater) Pat Neshek from the right side.
The southpaw finished his career as a New York Met.
The southpaw’s primary targets on the gridiron are Andrew Smyth, a halfback and slot receiver, and wideouts Dan Bathon and Tom Waite.
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Southpaw is of obscure origin. A popular theory holds that it comes from the onetime position of ballparks in relation to the sun. Supposedly, late 19th-century ballparks were laid out so that the pitcher looked in a westerly direction when facing the batter. The throwing arm of a left-handed pitcher would then be to the south-hence the name southpaw. This theory of its origin is undermined, however, by the fact that the original use of southpaw does not involve baseball at all. Rather, the term was used as early as 1848 to describe, simply, the left hand or a punch or blow given with the left hand. Today, we often use southpaw as a good-natured term for a left-handed person, but the word is sometimes viewed as stigmatizing by left-handed people.
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