Wesley freshman QB Drew Fry impressed his coaches so much in last Saturday's victory over Christopher Newport that he will start Wesley's playoff opener against Framingham State this week.
After entering a 21-0 game late in the second quarter, Fry completed 8-of-10 passes for 192 yards and two touchdown passes to Chuck Simpson.
Knapp called it a strong debut for the QB who earned NJAC Offensive Rookie of the Week honors.
"He threw a couple balls that really are on the next level. Both his touchdown passes in the second half were big time throws. he also had a couple others, and it made you see things a little clearer about who should be playing quarterback."
Fry would become Wesley's third starting quarterback this year. David Marrrocco started the season, including leading the Wolverines to a 4OT victory over Delaware Valley that proved crucial to Wesley getting an at-large bid to the tournament, and Jon Mullin, who threw three touchdowns last week, and led winning drives against Endicott and Montclair State.
"It's probably one of the most difficult decisions a college coach can make," Knapp said Wednesday. "You have Jon Mullin who has worked his butt off and done everything right. He's been all-in, all the time. Dave has been the same way. They've both represented themselves well and done everything we asked for and done nothing wrong. It's just that Drew Fry has shown he's a phenomenal talent and with his big-play capability, all the coaches think he's going to give us a great chance to win, especially since he can make big plays with his arm that other guys can't."
Naming Fry the starter is noteworthy for a Wesley program playing in its 14th NCAA Tournament in 15 years.
In 2011, eventual NFL quarterback Joe Callahan completed just 9 passes in his freshman year as he backed up All-American QB Shane McSweeney.
Wesley hosts Framingham State, a team they defeated in the 2015 playoffs, on Saturday at noon in a game you can hear on WDEL.