BLACKSBURG — Joe Mancuso made his way to the University of Richmond locker room shortly after the Spiders quarterback injured his right index finger on UR’s second offensive play. He returned to the sidelines half an hour later in a tracksuit, his right hand wrapped in an envelope.
Ten minutes later, ice was tied to the bundle and Mancuso finally added a sling to keep the hand up. UR coach Russ Huesman said after the 21-10 loss at Virginia Tech that the extent of Mancuso’s injury would not be determined until Monday.
“It felt like a game of nothing. He came out, kind of like a missed game and rushed, then when he got up he was holding his hand,” Hokies coach Justin Fuente said of Mancuso and that win. from 29 yards that ended with a tackle on the right side.
A UR spokesman said Sunday that more tests were coming on Mancuso’s finger and there would be no update until Monday.
In place of Mancuso at Lane Stadium, law student Beau English handled the remainder of the game in which the Spiders (2-2, 0-1 CAA) committed no turnovers, edged the Hokies 160- 106 and held firm in defense. , for the majority.
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“He’s pretty cool there. He doesn’t get shaken off very easily,” Huesman said of English, who spent two years in the Air Force before transferring to Richmond. “If Joe can’t go, we just have to [English] as many repetitions as possible. We have to synchronize it with our broads… It’s a fairly precise launcher. He is a very efficient runner.
“If we go with Beau, we’ll feel pretty good.”
Elon (1-3, 0-1 CAA), who lost 34-31 at home to William & Mary over the weekend, travels to Richmond on Saturday. English, a 6-foot-3, 223-pounder from Stevenson, Maryland, appeared in eight games in 2019, starting three, then in a limited role supported Mancuso through the 2021 spring semester season.
“My job as a backup quarterback is to always stay ready. So I’m definitely praying for Joe. I hope he comes back 100% as soon as possible,” English said. “I always have to prepare as if something like this is going to happen, so I’m ready to go into the game at any time.”
At Virginia Tech, the Englishman completed 15 of 23 for 77 yards. His longest achievement was 12 meters. The Spiders’ attack with the English was more ground-based.
“We knew it was coming,” Hokies linebacker Dax Hollifield said of the Spiders’ emphasis on English. Still, the Spiders collected 15 first downs against an ACC defense.
“I tip my hat to the guys up front and back. They just did a great job [Saturday]”, said English. “Often we got arrested, [but] it was mostly because of the things we were doing to each other. We’ve had a lot of…things that we can just clean up that are simple things that we know we can do better.
“But when we were executing, when we were doing what we were supposed to do, we moved the ball over these guys, and they’re a really good team. It’s going to build confidence going forward that we we can move the ball over anyone, and we can still keep up the practices.