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…A no-star quarterback recruit out of high school, Kyle Lauletta was a two-sport star at Downingtown East (outside of Philadelphia) and was considered a major lacrosse prospect, but he chose football as his college sport
He made the move from running back to quarterback in high school and started there his junior and senior seasons, finishing with a 19-2 record and two league titles. Due to a lacrosse injury, his exposure was limited during camps and he received only two FBS-level offers (Toledo and Old Dominion), but instead he chose FCS-level Richmond. He played sparingly as a true freshman in 2013 with 108 passing yards and two touchdowns and then redshirted in 2014.
Lauletta became the starter as a sophomore in 2015 and started all 14 games, recording 61.6% completions, 3,598 passing yards, 26 total touchdowns and 15 interceptions to earn All-CAA Second Team honors. He started the first 11 games of the 2016 season before a season-ending injury, finishing with 63.0% completions, 3,022 passing yards and a 24-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Lauletta returned in 2017 as a senior and set new career-bests with 64.9% completions, 3,737 passing yards, 32 total touchdowns and 12 interceptions, earning CAA Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-CAA honors. He accepted his invitation to the 2018 Senior Bowl and was named the game’s MVP.
…STRENGTHS: Quick trigger and compact release…efficiently works through reads…cerebral approach to breaking down coverages…prudent decision-maker…sound footwork with steady rhythm from snap to delivery…climbs the pocket and stands tall in the face of pressure…slides and uses his athleticism to extend plays, throwing well on the run…sturdy frame and checks boxes with his height and hand size…detail-oriented and a willing student, according to his coaches…two-year team captain with “All-American” character…outstanding toughness, both physically and mentally…grew up in a football family – father (Joe) played quarterback at Navy (1983-86); older brother (Trey) played quarterback at Bucknell; uncle (Lex) played at Navy (1977-80); grandfather (Joe) played football and basketball at Delaware (1953-56)…set the Richmond records for all-time passing yards (10,465) and passing touchdowns in a single season (28) and career (73).
WEAKNESSES: Middling arm strength…bad habit of sailing downfield throws when attempting to add juice…lacks ideal zip on sideline and back-shoulder throws…benefited from a high volume of one-look, quick throws on tape…bad habit of dropping his eyes and getting rattled when sensing pressure…inconsistent deep passer…room to improve his ball security with 10 career fumbles (only one in 2017)…only one start against FBS competition (beat Virginia in the 2016 season opener) and lacks experience against top competition…missed the 2016 FCS playoffs after tearing the ACL in his right knee (Nov. 2016).
IN OUR VIEW: A three-year starter at Richmond, Lauletta showed gradual improvement over his college career (despite four different offensive coordinators), setting career-bests as a senior in the Spiders’ shotgun spread scheme, incorporating various zone read principles – finished with a 24-12 record in his 36 career starts. Prior to Lauletta, only one other Spider had ever thrown for 3,000+ yards in a season (Michael Strauss) and Lauletta hit that mark in three straight seasons. He won’t wow with his physical tools, but his tape shows an efficient passer who is quick to scan and understands timing and placement. Overall, Lauletta has only average size and arm strength, but he is accurate, tough and intelligent with the mature make-up to handle quarterback responsibilities in the NFL – his on-field play is reminiscent of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Trevor Siemian. --Dane Brugler Draft Guide
Invited to Participate in NFL Draft Combine... Second Team All-American (Phil Steele)... Third Team All-American (STATS FCS)... Dudley Award Finalist... Invited to Reese's Senior Bowl... CAA Offensive Player of the Year... First Team All-CAA... Athlon Top-10 QBs to Watch List... CFPA National Player of the Year Watch List... Walter Payton Award Watch List... Team Captain... Two-Time CAA Offensive Player of the Week... National Player of the Week... Set the single-season record for total offense, finishing the season with 3,827 yards, including 3,737 through the air, the second-highest single-season total in program history.... Finished the year with 31 total touchdowns.... Threw for over 300 yards for the eighth time in 2017 at James Madison and 16th of his career. He finished 27-of-44 on the day with 304 yards and a TD.... He became just the fourth player in CAA history to reach 10,000 career passing yards and set the program's all-time record for total offense with 10,422 yards in his career.
Season and career-high 46 yards rushing with a score at Villanova... Finished with 259 yards through the air without a passing score at Villanova... Threw for 310 yards on 33 of 52 passing to go with three touchdowns vs. Stony Brook... Threw for four scores and ran for another at Delaware... Threw for 325 yards at Towson and moved past Eric Ward (8,969 yards) to become the program's all-time leader in passing yards as well as the first 9,000-yard passer (9,076). This was his sixth; 300-yard effort of the season and 14th of his career.... Not only threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns against Albany but he also nearly led the team in rushing, gaining 19 yards on seven carries to go with a rushing score.... His three passing touchdowns against Albany gave him 62 for his career, leaving him atop the all-time program record book in that category.... The Albany game marked his fifth-straight 300-yard passing game and 13th for his career; both program records.... Moved into second on the all-time passing yardage and passing touchdown lists with 497 yards and three touchdowns to his name vs. Elon.... 26 of 29 for 321 yards and 6 touchdowns in just two quarters plus one drive in the third quarter vs. Howard... 25-38 for 306 yards at Colgate... Put up video game numbers on the SHSU Bearkats, throwing for 546 yards, easily a career-high, smashing his previous top mark of 435. That's a Richmond single-game record and fifth most in a single game in CAA football history. He also becomes the first 500+ yard passer in a game for the Spiders since Michael Strauss (543) did it against Delaware on Nov. 16, 2013. The Spider QB also pitched in five TDs, matching a career-best he set just last season.
CAA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year... National Offensive Player of the Year Watch List... All-CAA Second Team... Team Captain... Passed for the third-most yards ever with 3,022 yards and the second-most TDs with 24... Season was cut short with season-ending ACL injury in the regular season finale at William & Mary... Currently ranks fourth in Richmond history with 6,728 yards passing, fifth in total offense (6,824 yards) and fourth in passing TDs (45)... All-CAA Preseason Team... Team Captain.
All-CAA Second Team... Started every game under center for the Spiders, finishing the year ranked third in the country with 3,598 yards passing, which was the second highest total ever in program history... Threw for over 300 yards on four different occassions, including a 415-yard day in a thrilling victory at James Madison (10/24/15)... One of just five QBs in Spider history to lead his team to double-digit victories.
CAA All-Academic Team... Appeared in four games... One of six true freshman to earn playing time ... Tallied 108 yards and two touchdowns as he went 16-for-21 as a true freshman... Picked up 16 yards off two completions in the win against Albany... Connected on 8-of-10 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 15 yards off two attempts against No. 6 Towson... Saw his first collegiate appearance in the season opener against VMI, going 6-for-9 for 48 yards with one touchdown.
Two-year letterman and starter... Two-time All-Chesmont League and All-Southeastern PA League... 2012 Maxwell Award winner ... League MVP in 2012... Team captain helped lead team to pair of Chesmont League titles and 19-2 record... Starting at quarterback, totaled 5,243 total yards and 64 total touchdowns in two seasons.
Son of Joe and Kim Lauletta... Has two brothers, Trey and Bryce, and one sister, Brooke... Father, Joe, played football at the Naval Academy from 1983-86... Uncle, Lex Lauletta, also played football at the Naval Academy from 1977-80... Uncle, Lance Lauletta, played lacrosse at Bucknell from 1976-79... Grandfather, Joe Lauletta, played football and basketball at Delaware from 1953-56... National Honor Society... Honor Roll... Special Olympics volunteer... Co-founder of Pass It On Program which donated new and gently used sports equipment to the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia.
Draft Scout Player News
03/13/18 - 27 of the NFL's 32 teams were in attendance as the Spiders held their annual Pro Day Tuesday at Robins Stadium. Despite whipping winds and near-freezing temperatures, one of the biggest crowds of scouts and front-office personnel in years was on hand to see more than a dozen prospects from Richmond and other area schools perform. The main attraction was Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta, who is expected to be the highest-drafted Spider in decades in next month's NFL Draft. Lauletta, who won MVP honors at the Senior Bowl in January and was one of the top quarterbacks in testing at last month's NFL combine, went through a script of more than 60 throws to a group of wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs.
"I think everything went smooth. It's a windy day. It's a little bit cold, so not the best of conditions. But I just came out here and had fun and threw the ball around and I thought I did an OK job," said Lauletta after the workout. "I thought everything was pretty solid. The rest is not in my hands so I'm just going to keep preparing, keep working out and doing everything I've got to do on my end and let the rest take care of itself." With every NFL team on hand except the Broncos, Chargers, Dolphins, 49ers, and Seahawks, Lauletta took the field around 11:30 AM and spent nearly an hour going through a pre-planned program of throws as well as specific routes requested by different teams. Afterwards, he met one-on-one with representatives from several teams – including former NFL quarterback and current Cardinals QB coach Byron Leftwich – before answering questions from local and national media. - Richmond Football
03/03/18 - 2018 NFL Combine, Saturday: Western Kentucky's Mike White and Richmond's Kyle Lauletta showed the compact throwing motions and accuracy that could justify either or both of them becoming Day Two values. White was the more impressive of the two on deep balls, but Lauletta, the reigning Senior Bowl MVP, showed off some skills that might validate some opinions that he could be a steal, looking directly ahead when dropping back, moving imaginary safeties with his eyes before turning late to fire precise passes to the short and intermediate levels. Lauletta's lack of an elite arm did show up on the longer passes, however, as he dropped his arm low in an elongated wind-up to generate extra RPMs, a flaw that not only will leave the football vulnerable to rushers around him in a game, it will tip off savvy NFL defenders where the ball is likely heading before he releases it. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftscout.com
02/28/18 - 2018 NFL Combine Quotes: What were your takeaways of Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta from the Senior Bowl? "Did a good job. (He's) very smart, very attentive. I thought that he picked up on the things that we were trying to do. He improved from day one to the game. He played well in the game. I thought he played real well in the game. Great guy. (I) saw him after the game with his family and he was all excited about the way he played in the game. Just a good guy that really seemed to love football. - Bill O'Brien, Head Coach, Texans
02/27/18 - NFL teams looking for a quarterback in the first round -- USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming Josh Allen and Louisville's Lamar Jackson -- are hoping for some sort of immediate impact. Lauletta -- and others such as Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph and Western Kentucky's Mike White -- have down-the-road potential for more-patient teams. The main knock on Lauletta heading into the Combine probably is his middling arm strength. "I'm not sure he has a high ceiling," Brugler said. "He reminds me a bit of Trevor Siemian -- a guy who is capable of starting in this league. I mean, you can debate about whether or not he can help you get to the playoffs or win a division, but he's good enough to start in this league -- maybe not right away." Siemian has started 24 games for Denver in the past two seasons, but the Broncos missed the playoffs both seasons. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/18 - Much of the NFL Draft focus is on the five quarterbacks who could potentially go in the first round, but there are also some intriguing developmental prospects available in later rounds. One of those is Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta, who was the MVP of the Senior Bowl last month after an up-and-down week of practice. NFLDraftScout.com rates Lauletta as a fifth-round prospect heading into his appearance this week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Lauletta (6-3, 217) threw for more than 3,000 yards in each of the past three seasons, including 3,737, with 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, as a senior. He was 24-12 as a starter. "The production is there," NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Dane Brugler said on Quick Slants, a podcast that focuses on the New England Patriots. "He is not going to wow you with the physical tools, but you watch the tape and it shows an efficient passer. He's quick, he can scan the field, he understands timing, he understands placement. He's accurate, he's tough, he's intelligent. "The mature make-up is there where you feel comfortable he could handle quarterback responsibilities." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com