RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The worst case scenario has become a reality for Richmond Spiders’ head coach Danny Rocco. Redshirt junior quarterback Kyle Lauletta has a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.
A University of Richmond spokesperson confirmed the severity of the starting quarterback’s injury on Sunday afternoon, Lauletta will get surgery once the swelling around his knee goes down.
The 6-foot-3 Pennsylvania native has thrown for 3,022 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. The STATS FCS Walter Payton Award nominee was CAA Football’s preseason offensive player of the year.
Lauletta’s injury occurred in the second quarter against William & Mary Saturday, Lauletta was scrambling for a first down on third and seven when his leg gave out after planting and being tackled from behind. He did not return to the game, and was forced to stand on a crutch wearing a sleeve and knee brace in his street clothes as Richmond ended up losing the Capital Cup to the Tribe 34-13.
Coach Rocco hasn’t decided yet on who will go under center next week, redshirt junior Jake Clise or true freshman and Goochland High School graduate Reid Chenault. Backup quarterback David Broadus has been held out the last two games.
Sunday morning, the FCS playoff selection committee paired Richmond with North Carolina A&T in the first round of the postseason that begins next Saturday, November 26th, 2016.
The Spiders will host the matchup at Robins Stadium, no kickoff time has been released yet.