Tufts senior quarterback Anthony Fucillo recalls running the no-huddle attack, for the first time on a fulltime basis, in the season opener against visiting Hamilton.
"It was like 90 degrees, and you really have to get used to the faster pace in game conditions," recalled Fucillo, of the team's new offensive scheme. The Jumbos ran 73 plays in a 21-20 win. "It takes five or six games to really get in a groove."
Fucillo is in a groove now.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound captain delivered a record-breaking performance in the Jumbos' wild 70-49 loss to NESCAC co-leader Amherst last Saturday. The former Winthrop High standout passed for a New England Division 3 record 503 yards, and three touchdowns, completing a school-record 42 passes in 63 attempts. He also ran for a pair a scores.
"I just have to thank coach [Bill] Samko for allowing me to throw the ball 60 to 70 times per game," said Fucillo, who received this week's Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award for Division 2-3.
Fucillo, along with the Division 1 recipient, Bryant sophomore Jordan Brown, collected their plaques at Wednesday's New England Football Writers luncheon
"The offensive line did such a great job, I was only sacked once, and we have tremendous receivers."
After running the Trinity-Williams-Amherst gauntlet, and coming away with no wins, the Jumbos (1-5) shoot for their second victory in Saturday's home finale against Colby.
The 5-9, 185-pound Brown rushed for a career-high 200 yards on 38 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 24-7 win over Albany on Saturday to earn his second Helmet of the season. His 41-yard touchdown run in the first quarter put the Bulldogs up 7-0 in the first. After Albany came back to tie the game with a score at the start of the second, Brown put the Bulldogs back on top with what would prove to be the game-winning score from a yard out just before halftime.
"The team, the defense, and the offensive line did a excellent job," said Brown, who leads the Northeast Conference in rushing (130.5 yards per game), all-purpose yards (189.2 ypg.), rushing touchdowns (11) and rushing yards (1,004). "This is a real honor to not only win this once, but twice in the same season."
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