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Sunday, October 7, 2012

New Haven football notebook

WHO’S NO. 1?: University of New Haven coach Pete Rossomando has a problem every coach in the country would love to have: who do I start my All-American quarterback or my quarterback who has the potential to be an All-American? Senior backup Ronnie Nelson was one touchdown pass shy of tying a school record, posting six TD tosses in a 65-7 rout of Assumption College on Saturday.
With senior All-American Ryan Osiecki out with a strained muscle in his shoulder and back, Nelson has taken off. This season he has passed for over 800 yards and 15 touchdowns.
When Osiecki gets back, if he is hot, the Chargers could have two quarterbacks that throw for 1,000 or more yards in one 10-game season.
Coach likes to call Osiecki No. 1 and Nelson No. 1A. Rossomando said Osiecki will start when he is healthy and Nelson has not taken the All-American’s job. However, the coach said anything can happen once the starter is back on the field.
“We’ll make a decision after (Osiecki’s) first start on who’s going to start the next game,” the coach said. “Then it’s a competition, but I can’t put Ryan on the bench just because Ronnie’s playing excellent.”
WATCH: Ronnie Nelson was in the zone Saturday, so much so that he didn’t know what he almost did.


NON SOCIABLE: Some Assumption players went on Twitter talking about defeating New Haven. The Chargers caught wind of it, routed the Greyhounds 65-7 and as the players departed from their postgame huddle on the field, one UNH player shouted, “Talk is cheap.”
Merrimack College also had something to say about New Haven on Twitter in Week 1 before the Chargers routed the Warriors 45-18.
Maybe next time opposing teams will stay off Twitter. Try Google Plus, nobody really uses that.
BOARD GAMES: The big screen that rests in the back of the endzone at Ralph DellaCamera Stadium made its final appearance Saturday. The video board, which can only show graphics, will be replaced with a board that can show real time on the field action. The new video board will be installed for UNH’s homecoming game against rival Southern Connecticut State University on Oct. 27.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: QB Ronnie Nelson, six passing touchdowns, 255 passing yards.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: S Bernard Risco, one interception and two tackles.
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