Looney Setting the Bar, Breaks Program Passing Records

Poughkeepsie, N.Y – For the past two weeks, Marist College senior quarterback Chuckie Looney has been rewriting history in the program’s record books with the first coming Saturday October 5, 2013, when set the program’s all-time passing yards record as Marist shutout conference foe Valparaiso 37-0 at home, and the following week October 12, 2013, he threw five touchdown passes in a 35-33 loss at San Diego, the new single-game record.

“I am honored that I am being recognized for my play on the field,” says Looney “these achievements are great but, my primary focus is on the Pioneer Football League championship that is so close to my team’s grasps.  I just have to remain humble and not get distracted by these achievements so that I can make my main goal a reality and then I can look back on my last season at Marist.”

In the 37-0 victory over Valparaiso at home, Looney, who was pulled from the game late in the third quarter, threw for two touchdowns, 188 yards, and was 11- for-15 on the day.  126 of Looney’s passing yards, and a touchdown went to fifth-year senior receiver Bartley Leneghan.  Leneghan spoke on Looney’s recent accomplishment saying “Chuck has really gotten into the zone.  As an offense we don’t move until Chuck does.  He’s our leader and has really been doing a good job this year.  It’s amazing how much he has matured and is only getting better.”

Looney drops back to pass in Marist's  37-0 win against Valparaiso October 5, 2013.

Looney drops back to pass in Marist’s 37-0 win against Valparaiso October 5, 2013.

After Saturday, Looney now has 4,874 career passing yards, eclipsing the former record of 4,703 yards by James Luft, who played from 2001- 2005.    

In last Saturday’s 35-33 loss at San Diego, Looney was 19-for-33 for 298 yards and five touchdowns.  Senior receiver Armani Martin caught three touchdowns and had 118 yards.  “I’ve never seen Chuck more emotional than this past weekend.  He had, in my opinion, the game of his life!  The touchdown pass that I caught late in the fourth was put exactly where it needed to be in order for me to catch it.”  The touchdown pass from Looney to Martin in the fourth quarter put the Red Foxes ahead 33-32 with 5:19 remaining on the clock. This fifth touchdown pass gave Looney the new program record which was also previously held by James Luft.

Because of his efforts last weekend, Looney was named the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week which was acknowledged during Monday morning’s practice where head coach James Parady reported the news to the team calling the achievement an, “honor for the program, and Chuckie.”

Looney has now thrown 15 touchdown passes and three interceptions for 1,438 yards on the season.  With five games remaining, Looney could potentially surpass the previous program record for passing yards in a season held by Tommy Reilly, who has the record of 2383 yards which he set back in 2010.

Looney and the Red Foxes will return to action next Saturday against conference opponent Davidson.

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