Former Central Connecticut quarterback Jake Dolegala has joined the New England Patriots after signing with the organization on Tuesday. Dolegala spent the 2019 season as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals 53-man roster before missing out on a roster spot in the preseason for the 2020 campaign.
A record-setting signal-caller for the Blue Devils, Dolegala finished a stellar career with the Blue Devils as the school's all-time leader in passing yardage and touchdowns, becoming just the fifth quarterback in Northeast Conference history to throw for over 8,000 yards. From 2015-18, he threw for 48 career touchdowns. As a senior he completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,221 yards and 16 touchdowns while throwing just six interceptions. He also finished fourth on the team in rushing with 274 yards on the ground to go along with six rushing touchdowns and was a First Team All-Northeast Conference selection.
Dolegala finished his CCSU career 654-of-1136 for 8,129 yards, with 48 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. He set the school-record with 2,934 passing yards as a sophomore in 2016, completing 258-of-432 passes while throwing only nine interceptions. He also rushed for 452 yards in his career, including 18 touchdowns.
Dolegala impressed in two preseason games with the Bengals in 2019. Against the Giants he finished 10-of-12 for 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He played every snap against the Colts in the final game of the preseason, finishing 27-of-41 for 253 yards. In two games, Dolegala completed 37-of-53 for 347 yards and a pair of scores, without throwing an interception.
In 2019, Dolegala became the first CCSU player to make an NFL roster since former offensive lineman and arena league standout Rich Ranglin signed with the Chiefs during the 2012 season.