Former wideout Ray Catopano now thriving at QB for Southern Connecticut State

(WTNH)–Things are going well for Southern Connecticut State junior quarterback Ray Catopano. He helped the Owls come from behind to beat American International three weeks ago, played well in a loss at New Haven earlier this month and again in a win at Pace last weekend.

Not bad for a guy who was playing wide receiver at the start of the season.

“It’s definitely not easy, you have to know both positions on every single play, what the routes are, what the reads are as quarterback,” Catopano said. “It’s definitely tough. A lot of extra meeting time with the coaches.”

After an injury to starter Robert Nittolo, Catopano has started the last couple games at quarterback, but it remains a fluid situation over at Jess Dow field.

“We’re just going to go week-to-week and let everybody compete for the job,” Southern head coach Tom Godek said. Godek says Catopano and Nittolo will both get the chance to play. Both guys can help the team, in different ways.

“He’s well-prepared and again sometimes things don’t go as drawn up on the play, so he may be a little elusive.”

Catopano says switching positions is nothing new to him. He’s been doing it his whole career.

“I was actually switched between quarterback and wide receiver since I started playing in fifth grade,” he said. “Honestly, I just like being out here on the field.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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