Monday, November 21, 2016

NCAA FCS Playoffs: Richmond Spiders lost star quarterback, don't want to lose impact of star receivers

1st Round: North Carolina A&T at Richmond, 2 PM ET, Saturday, November 26, 2016, ESPN3

RICHMOND, Virginia -- Richmond lost its star quarterback. The Spiders are now trying to come up with ways to avoid losing the impact of quality receivers who no longer will benefit from the passing of Kyle Lauletta or an experienced back-up.

Lauletta, UR's junior quarterback, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second quarter of Saturday’s 34-13 loss at William & Mary. Richmond (8-3) plays MEAC runner-up North Carolina A&T (9-2) Saturday at Robins Stadium in the first round of the FCS playoffs and identifying a starting quarterback is coach Danny Rocco’s first order of business.

He said Monday that the Spiders continue to work through that. A few weeks ago, an injury to Lauletta would have been followed by the insertion of fifth-year senior David Broadus, a back-up with experience and a part-time tailback. Broadus did not dress for UR’s last two games and Rocco twice explained Broadus’ absence by saying “coach’s decision,” without elaboration.

Monday, Rocco said it was “highly unlikely” Broadus would play Saturday. The coach again declined to say why Broadus is unavailable.


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