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Mark Sanchez will fly back to Los Angeles on Monday to take his final test as a USC student before his graduation in two weeks.

If he does half as well on his final exam in Communications 322, Argumentation and Application as he did in his first test as a Jet, he could graduate with honors.

Sanchez had an impressive start in his Jets practice debut, looking decisive and showing a strong arm. It's only April and he was wearing shorts, but it's clear what the Jets fell in love with before the draft.

"Me being tough on myself, I want it right every time and it is not always that way, especially not on the first weekend," Sanchez said. "But it has been a very successful first day. It was a good experience."

The No. 5 pick in last weekend's draft showed the team his leadership skills before yesterday's rookie minicamp began. The players participating this weekend are a mix of tryouts, draft picks and undrafted free agents. They were all given a playbook on Thursday to study. Sanchez got the offensive players together Thursday night and they were able to install 18 plays.

"That's impressive," coach Rex Ryan said. "That's the kind of young man we brought in here."

Sanchez was not as sharp in the afternoon practice, throwing an interception and missing some receivers. But overall he had a strong outing.

Judging from Ryan's comments, it sounds like the starting quarterback job will be Sanchez's in September unless Kellen Clemens blows the coaching staff away. As the Ravens defensive coordinator last season, Ryan saw firsthand that a team can win with a rookie quarterback as Joe Flacco took Baltimore to the playoffs.

"Up until last year there was a stigma that you don't win with a rookie quarterback," Ryan said. "I think we proved that wrong [last] year. This past season obviously was proved incorrect. If your team is good enough, you can win with anybody."

Ryan said it was clear to him early last offseason that Flacco was the best quarterback on the Ravens and he would have started him immediately. The Ravens were going to start Troy Smith instead of Flacco until an illness sidelined Smith.

It is clear Ryan has no reservations about Sanchez's lack of experience. Before the draft, he described the competition between Clemens and Brett Ratliff as "1 and 1A," saying they were on equal ground. But he wouldn't say that about Sanchez vs. Clemens.

"I don't think I will go 1 and 1A there," Ryan said. "Let's just say we have two real good Football players. Let them compete and, again, I am a believer that it will be obvious who should be the quarterback."

Sanchez is doing his best to make it obvious he should be the guy. He said the biggest challenge for him right now is learning the Jets' playbook language. Late Thursday night he stood in front of the mirror in his hotel room practicing his play calls, he said.

"It is difficult when you first come in," Sanchez said. "It is a new system so you want to just try and speak the language as soon as possible. I am trying to get all of the terminology down."

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: May 5, 2009

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