NEW BRITAIN — The Central Connecticut State football team will be without one of its most important players as it gets ready for its first-ever FCS playoff game Saturday.
The school announced Monday evening starting quarterback Jacob Dolegala and backup offensive lineman David Cinti have been suspended for one game for violation of team policy.
“We hold our players to a high standard,” CCSU head coach Pete Rossomando said. “And unfortunately, they did not meet those standards. It doesn’t matter if you’re the starting quarterback or the fifth-string left guard. People say it’s a bad time, but the way I look at it, it’s never a good time.”
The two will be unavailable for any team activities this week, including the first-round playoff game against the University of New Hampshire. Should the Blue Devils win Saturday’s game, both Dolegala and Cinti are eligible to return next week.
Dolegala has started every game this season, completing 52.9 percent of his passes for 1,953 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He’s also run for 212 yards and four touchdowns on 52 carries. Cinti, meanwhile, has played in nine games this season.
“I think we have an excellent football team, our guys are resilient,” Rossomando said. “If there is a good thing about this, I think that this happened in the beginning of the week.”
Tanner Kingsley will get the start at quarterback instead. The sophomore has played in five games this season, attempting passes in three of them. For the season, Kingsley has completed 9 of his 13 passes for 55 yards.
“Tanner is very capable,” Rosomando said. “He won a state title at Woodland [Regional High School]. He’s a guy that’s played in a lot of big games growing up. This game will be a little bit bigger, but I don’t have any reservations.
“With Tanner, we know what he can do well in practice. It’s seeing that in a live game. We just have to tailor the game plan to his strengths.”
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