Knight wins No. 1 QB job for Wildcats

>Amherst native will lead UNH Saturday

When the University of New Hampshire football team takes the Qualcomm Stadium field in San Di­ego for Saturday night’s season opener, it will be Amherst’s Trevor Knight leading the Wildcats into action versus San Diego State at 8:30 p.m.

The former Nashua High School South star quarterback, a sophomore at UNH, earned the start­ing job over senior Adam Riese. The duo had been competing for the position vacated by four-year start­er Sean Goldrich since spring practice.

"Adam is such an in­credible player and lead­er," Knight said. "Compet­ing with him was a great experience for both of us because we pushed each other every day.

"It feels good to get this opportunity to be the starting quarterback for my home state. It’s a dream come true, and I’m ready to

get down to work to prepare for San Diego State."

The competition came to a close on Aug. 25 in the annual Blue-White Game, the end-of-camp scrim­mage between the first and second teams. Knight was 15 for 20 for 234 yards and three touchdowns, while Riese was 12 for 18 for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

UNH coach Sean Mc­Donnell made the offi­cial announcement that Knight had edged out Ri­ese during Monday morn­ing’s weekly Colonial Athletic Association con­ference call.

"Trevor won the job in a very close competi­tion," McDonnell said. "It was one of the most diffi­cult decisions we’ve had and we’ve had a bunch of them in the last couple of years."

According to McDon­nell, Knight’s scrambling ability was a key factor in landing the starting job.

"I feel Trevor has the athletic ability to escape and the athletic ability to run and run certain plays that give us a little more ability to be successful offensively," McDonnell said. "That said, Adam had his best camp ever and is playing his best football ever and it was tough. I feel very comfort­able with both of them and I told Adam he has to be ready to compete. History tells us that somewhere along the line he’s going to start a game for us."

Following the Blue- White Game, McDonnell was stressing that both players would likely get an opportunity during the regular season. The Wild­cats’ offense has been known to rotate quarter­backs depending on game situations. At the moment it’s Knight filling the role of field general for UNH, ranked 22nd in the STATS FCS preseason poll.