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JETS MEET UP WITH OCEANSIDE'S FIEDLER AGAIN IN NOVEMBER

     Oceanside High School had recently produced a few players who went into the pro ranks in baseball, basketball and football.
     One in particular is presently trying to make a name for himself in the National Football League. In fact, he comes from a family of athletes.
     Jay Fiedler is in his sixth year in the National Football League and second as a starting quarterback wit the Miami Dolphins.
     Through the New York Jets American Conference game, the fifth contest of the season , Fiedler completed 81 of 136 passes for l946 yards, and five scoring passes but at the same time had seven balls picked off.
     Against the Jets when he came "home", he completed 23 of 34 passes for 213 yards. However, the jets came form behind in the second half to win the game.
     "He makes some nice throws and good decisions," Coach Dave Wannstedt said. "He moves around in the picket. He's a better player than he was a year ago."
     "He knows what to do to win," Jet left tackle Shane Burton said. "He is tough. In order for us to defeat them we have to keep him in the pocket."
     "Their quarterback (Fiedler) is an athletic guy," Jet's first year coach Herman Edwards said.
     "Fiedler, who is backed up by ex-Jet Ray Lucas, has been playing a little inconsistent at times this year as he committed some turnovers. He hasn't been playing as well as Wannstedt would like him to.
     "Every time you make a mistake you have to put it behind you and move on," Fiedler said. "Mistakes are going to be make out there."
     "Still we are confident with him at quarterback," said a Dolphins spokesman. "We have to give him some tools."
     "The Dolphins and the Jets have always been rivals. In fact, the Jets lead the all-time regular season series, 36-34-1, dating back to 1996. However, the Jets won the last seven meetings.
     "A Jet-Miami game has always been a big game," the former Dartmouth University quarterback said. "While growing up on long Island, I was (aware) of the rivalry. It is big here in Miami as well."
     "The 6-2, 225-pound Fielder is feeling very good as far as his health. Last year he had two, three injuries, including a torn rotor cuff, and a neck injury, but now they are all gone and he is recovered.
     At Oceanside, in addition to playing football, he lettered in basketball and track. He received the Scholar-Athlete award from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame in 1989.
     Jay is the son of Ken Fiedler, a former very successful basketball coach in new York City, and director of a summer basketball camp, and brother of Scott a former basketball coach.
     The Fiedler family resides on Long Island.





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