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Boller Bowls Ahead in Raiders QB Race

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    Kyle Boller looks to be the Raiders' third QB.

    Raider Nation, it's a good sign when your biggest quarterback controversy is who will play third-string quarterback.

    But that's the position the Oakland Raiders finally find themselves in, after some dismal seasons with JaMarcus Russell, Josh McCown, and Daunte Culpepper.

    Jason Campbell is firmly set as the starter, and cult hero Bruce Gradkowski has come back from a groin injury to grab the backup spot.

    Local hero Kyle Boller is the surprise overachiever in the mix. East Bay football junkies remember Boller fondly as the Cal quarterback from 1999-2001 who broke the school record for touchdown passes.

    Now Boller is entrenching himself pretty hard as the Raiders' third quarterback. "I liked how he battled,” Raiders coach Tom Cable told Football News Now, describing Boller's performance in a 17-9 preseason win over the Cowboys. “I thought he made some big throws a couple of times to move the team in some situations."

    Of course, it does not hurt Boller's chances that the other two quarterbacks vying for the spot, Charlie Frye and Colt Brennan, did not even make it into the game against the Cowboys.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who is astonished to see that Kyle Boller is the Baltimore Ravens' all-time leading passer.