Laub breaks ankle in loss to New Hampshire

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Spiders' quarterback John Laub had been a back-up quarterback his entire collegiate career, but in his fifth year, he finally got his chance to lead the offense.  Sadly, Laub's season looks to have come to a premature end, after he broke a bone in his left ankle in Saturday's loss at New Hampshire.

Laub underwent surgery on Sunday morning to repair the broken bone and will wait six weeks as he recovers from the operation, meaning his season is most likely over.

The fifth year senior had the Spiders out to a 4-2 record entering Saturday's game and had showed good ability to run the offense.  For the season, Laub has thrown for 1,722 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with just two interceptions, and also leads the Spiders in rushing with 356 yards on the ground.

The loss of Laub means Richmond has lost its two leading rushers for the season, as Jovan Smith can no longer play due to spinal stenosis.  Kendall Gaskins will now be looked upon to carry the bulk of the load when it comes to the ground game.

As for quarterback, redshirt sophomore Michael Strauss will get his shot as a starter for the first time in his career.  The transfer from UVA has thrown for 210 yards and two touchdowns in six games in a back-up role.

Richmond returns to Robins Stadium on Saturday to host James Madison.  Kickoff is set for 3:30pm.

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