Stony Brook, NY (Sports Network) - Stony Brook will begin the FCS playoffs
without starting quarterback Kyle Essington in the lineup.
Essington will miss Saturday's first-round game against Villanova because of a
right thigh contusion, Newsday reported.
Backup quarterback Lyle Negron, a junior who has attempted five passes this
season, will make his first career start at LaValle Stadium. He will be backed
up by junior Craig Geoghan and freshman Pat D'Amato.
Essington is the FCS leader in passing efficiency (175.83) and has thrown for
1,910 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.
Stony Brook has a 9-2 record; Villanova is 8-3. The winner will advance to
play third-seeded Montana State in a second-round game on Dec. 1.
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