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Friday, September 21, 2012

Saint Anselm at New Haven football preview

Three storylines
Senior starting quarterback Ryan Osiecki’s status for Saturday’s game is still unknown. He said he doubts he’ll play, coach Pete Rossomando said if Osiecki can play, he will play. The quarterback missed his first UNH career start last week as New Haven routed Pace 44-10. With winless Saint Anselm up on the schedule, a bigger question looms....

DO YOU REALLY NEED HIM?: New Haven back up senior quarterback Ronnie Nelson has passed for 302 yards and five touchdowns since taking the reigns in the second quarter of Week 2. The Chargers have scored 68 points in the last two weeks and look pretty much the same. This week’s opponent should still be handled easily by UNH. Nelson, who will return for his fourth year of eligibility next season, only benefits from the extra reps if he is to start next season. New Haven also has a bye week after the Saint A’s game, so does it really make sense to use Osiecki?
BACK HOME: The Chargers spent the last two weeks away from Ralph DellaCamera Stadium. New Haven went 2-0 on their road trip that included a 24-21 victory over Saint Augustine’s University and a 44-10 drubbing of Northeast-10 opponent Pace University. The last team to beat UNH at home was Saint Anselm on Nov. 6, 2010.
Three players to watch
Sr. quarterback Ronnie Nelson, New Haven:
If he plays, he’ll have a big day.
Jr. running back Mike DeCaro, New Haven: If the Chargers go up big early, he’ll get a lot of carries to run out the clock.
Sr. DB/KR Kevin Anderson, Saint Anselm: He has 296 return yards, is averaging 29 yards per return and has already returned a kick for a touchdown.
Next three gamesOct. 6 vs. Assumption (1-1, 1-0 NE-10), 1 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Bentley (2-0, 1-0 NE-10), 1 p.m.
Oct. 18 at Stonehill, (2-1, 2-0 NE-10), 8 p.m., (CBS College Sports)
— @NHRHenryC


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