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2014 UCONN HUSKIES FOOTBALL PREVIEW

June 20, 2014
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UConn Huskies (1996 - 2012)

2013 Record: (3-9, 3-5)
2013 Bowl: None
Coach: Bob Diaco (0-0 at Connecticut, 0-0 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Mike Cummings
Defensive Coordinator: Anthony Poindexter

Returning Leaders:
Rushing: Lyle McCombs, RB, 670 yards
Passing: Casey Cochran, QB, 1,293 yards
Receiving: Geremy Davis, WR, 1,085 yards
Tackles: Obi Melifonwu, S, 70
Sacks: Reuben Frank, DE, 2.0
Interceptions: Byron Jones, CB, 3

Other Key Returnees: RB Max DeLorenzo, QB Chandler Whitmer, WR Deshon Foxx, WR Shakim Phillips, OL Alex Maeas, LB Jefferson Ashiru

Key Losses: LB Yawin Smallwood, DL Shamar Stephen, DL Tim Willman, DB Taylor Mack, OL Jimmy Bennett

 

2013 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 84.4 (119th in nation, 10th in conference)
Passing Offense: 234.2 (63, 8)
Total Offense: 318.6 (112, 8)
Scoring Offense: 20.6 (106, 8)
Rushing Defense: 135.4 (23, 6)
Pass Defense: 249.2 (87, 5)
Total Defense: 384.6 (51, 6)
Scoring Defense: 30.3 (85, 9)
Turnover Margin: -0.1 (70, 4)
Sacks: 1.33 (107, 10)
Sacks Allowed: 3.50 (119, 10)

UConn Huskies (1996 - 2012)

 

Like so many college football programs Connecticut is no different looking for a starting quarterback. Bob Diaco takes over the program with three different candidates battling it out for the starting position this fall. They include Casey Cochrane, Tim Boyle and Chandler Whitmer. Whitmer was the starter last year until he was injured in the fifth game of the season. Cochrane was the starter in the final four games of last year wall Boyle started four games at midseason. All three quarterbacks competed in the spring but none of them stood out. Boyle may have been the best player all spring but Cochrane was the most consistent of all three. The strength of this offense will be its receivers that’s why it’s so important to find a starting quarterback as soon as possible. Geremy Davis and DEshon Foxx combined for 114 receptions last year but only scored five touchdowns. They both return along with Brian Lemelle to give Connecticut three very good receivers. The running game should be in good hands with senior Lyle McCombs returning after rushing for 670 yards last year. Freshman Arkeel Newsome could make an immediate impact at running back. One of the biggest question marks for the offense will be the line with only one returning starter. The only player up front with any experience is Center Alex Maeas.

 

Connecticut’s defense will be the strength of this year’s team returning 10 of 11 starters. The Huskies are expected to switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3.  Everything begins with a strong defensive line led by Reuben Frank, BJ McBryde and Angelo Pruett. Rounding out the defense of line will be Julian Campenni. The linebacking corps is another strength of the defense with former Florida transfer Graham Stuart ready to make an impact this season. Another big hitter on their defense will be Marquise Vann. Van missed part of the season last year because of an injury. Jefferson Ashiru will round out the linebackers after starting 10 games and finishing with 58 tackles last year. Connecticut’s secondary is led by safety Obi Melifonwu who returns after leading the team in tackles with 70. Byron Jones and Jahvon Williams will man the corners. The Huskies forced only 24 turnovers last season and had only 16 sacks both areas they must improve on if they plan on going to a bowl game this season.

 UConn Huskies (1996 - 2012)

Coach Diaco was the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame and is looking to make the UConn football program competitive once again. Connecticut will find out where they are with an August 29 home game against BYU and a September 13 matchup against Boise State.  After those two games most of the remainder the schedule looks favorable for the Huskies.


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