Ridley shines in NFL debut

Published 12:08 am Friday, August 12, 2011

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It didn’t take long for former Trinity Episcopal and LSU star Stevan Ridley to have a break-out performance at the highest level of competition.

In the New England Patriot’s 47-12 preseason win over Jacksonville Thursday, Ridley found the end-zone three times, rushed for 64 yards on 16 carries and also caught seven balls for 47 yards.

It was the first preseason game of the year for both New England and Jacksonville.

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Blaine Gabbert had an inconsistent debut for the Jaguars in the loss.

Playing against mostly backups as top players for both teams sat out the game, the Jaguars settled for three field goals on Gabbert’s six possessions. The 10th pick of the draft from Missouri completed 9 of 16 passes for 85 yards. He played the entire first half with starting quarterback David Garrard unavailable because of a back injury.

Another rookie quarterback, third-rounder Ryan Mallett of the Patriots, did better.

The former Arkansas standout played the whole second half and drove the Patriots to touchdowns on his first four series, helping turn a 19-9 halftime lead into a 35-point rout.