Rocco still mulling options for Spiders’ QB

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Three days after the Richmond Spiders lost starting quarterback Kyle Lauletta to a knee injury and four days before the Spiders host North Carolina A&T in the first round of the FCS Playoffs, Head Coach Danny Rocco said he his still considering multiple options to play quarterback for Richmond.

“Brian Brown may find himself back there,” Rocco said of his first-team all CAA wide receiver,  a senior and Hermitage High School graduate.

Following Lauletta’s injury Saturday, both junior Jake Clise and freshman Reid Chenault (Goochland High School) took snaps at quarterback. Rocco said those two are the most obvious options. The Spiders also have multiple quarterbacks redshirting, including sophomore Kevin Johnson and freshman Joe Mancuso. If either played Saturday it would waste a year of eligibility.

Rocco said indicated he was not necessarily considering a pro style quarterback in the mold of Lauletta.

“We’re looking at a lot of options right now to try and generate a different style of play, to try and generate a different way, something they maybe haven’t seen on tape,” Rocco said.

North Carolina A&T is the second best team in the MEAC. The MEAC’s top team, North Carolina Central, accepted a bid to the 2016 Celebration Bowl, where the Eagles will face either Grambling or Southern.