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Football Welcomes Wagner Saturday Afternoon

CCSU hosts NEC foe Wagner on Saturday. (Photo: Steve McLaughlin)
CCSU hosts NEC foe Wagner on Saturday. (Photo: Steve McLaughlin)

The Central Connecticut football team returns to the gridiron after a bye week to host Northeast Conference foe Duquesne. The game is scheduled for 12:00 pm on Arute Field and if you aren't able to make the game in person, you can catch it on NEC Front Row with Bruce Biel and Marc Robbins calling the action.

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  • Nasir Smith is averaging 163.5 all-purpose yards in the last two games and earned NEC Prime Performer recognition for both of those efforts
  • Chizi Umunakwe leads the NEC in tackles per game, 10.6/game, and is fourth in the NCAA
  • Aidan Clark is tops in the NEC at 39.6 yards per punt, 53rd in the nation
  • Jahlil Brown enters the week sixth in the nation, and tops in the NEC, with two fumble recoveries, while Jonathan Cabral-Martin is 14th nationally, second in the NEC in forced fumbles
  • Kyren Petteway leads the NEC with 437 combined return yards, ranking 10th in the FCS
  • Smith remains second in the NEC with 552 rush yards, 35th in the FCS, while his 78.9 yards per game average is 36th nationally
  • CCSU is one of 33 teams in FCS to have scored a defensive touchdown, doing so on the Luquay Washington INT return at Saint Francis
  • Umunakwe leads the NEC with 74 tackles this season, and has double-digit tackles in five games, including the last three outings. Over the last three games he is averaging 13 tackles a game. He also leads the team in solo tackles, with 29 and his 1.1 TFL's per game is third in the league
  • Shayne Manson had a pair of solo tackles, one a sack on Saturday. He has 4.0 sacks this season and 10 tackles
  • Kyren Petteway has 18 catches, for 147 yards, in the last three games. The eight catches he made against Brown is a career-best, surpassing the seven he caught at Saint Francis. He is averaging 97.7 APY an outing.  Petteway has a team-best 26 catches and is second in receiving yards, 219. He had a season-long 40 yard catch at SFU, one shy of his career long, (vs. Bryant 10/19/19). 


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