ORONO – When the Black Bears line up against Merrimack this Saturday, and any Saturday going forward, they will have a new quarterback.
Maine head coach Nick Charlton said starting quarterback and captain Joe Fagnano will be out indefinitely after suffering what he called a “severe high ankle sprain” in the team’s 55-7 loss to No. 3 James Madison.
Fagnano went to the ground when he was hit after a throw late in the first quarter. He was helped off the field but was able to walk with support.
He was taken for x-rays on his right leg during the game, which all returned negative, but returned to the field in a walking boot and crutches.
“Very tough, positive kid, who’s disappointed obviously. Felt like he got off to a pretty good start in that football game and gives you a chance to win, so it was very disappointing to lose Joe,” said Charlton.
Redshirt freshman Derek Robertson will be the starter until further notice.
Robertson, a Yonkers, New York native, finished the game 8 of 22 passing for 88 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He had only played in other game before Saturday ; going 4 for 4 passing for 28 yards in Maine’s 44-17 loss to Villanova on Apr. 3.