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Knight out for Saturday

By ROGER BROWN
New Hampshire Union Leader

September 05. 2018 9:32PM

UNH's Trevor Knight passes as coach Sean McDonnell watches during the UNH Blue-White football game at Wildcat Stadium in Durham last month. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)



DURHAM — University of New Hampshire coach Sean McDonnell confirmed Wednesday that senior quarterback Trevor Knight will not play in Saturday night’s game against Colgate, and added that UNH may be without Knight for more than one week.

Knight, the CAA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter of last Thursday’s 35-7 loss at Maine. The injury occurred to the shoulder on his throwing arm.

“He’s out for this week,” McDonnell said. “I don’t know what grade you want to call it, but he’s got a bad AC sprain. He landed right on his shoulder. We got an MRI on Tuesday. Good thing about the MRI it showed no damage. Everything was fine with it. A lot of bruising. A lot of soreness. Very, very poor range of motion right now.

“He’s gonna be gone this week for definite. He’d have to really recover for next week too, probably.”

After the Colgate game, UNH will play at Colorado on Sept. 15.

McDonnell said sophomore Christian Lupoli will be UNH’s starting QB on Saturday. It will be the first start of his college career.

Lupoli completed 5 of 13 passes for 98 yards against Maine. He was sacked four times.

Lupoli came on in relief of Knight in last year’s FCS playoff game at Central Arkansas and helped the Wildcats post a 21-15 victory. He completed 8 of 10 passes for 63 yards and one touchdown in that victory.

“(Lupoli) knows and understands the game,” McDonnell said. “Has a good feel for the game. He locates the ball very, very well. He’s got an accurate arm. When he gets time to set and see what’s going on, he’s pretty good.

“The obvious difference between him a Trevor is the mobility, the speed. Trevor has a different gear. Chris has good speed. He’s tucked and run in a bunch of different situations. … It’s just not going to be a 40-yard run with Chris, it’s going to be 12 to 15 — something of that nature.”

rbrown@unionleader.com


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