College Football Preview: The 2015 Connecticut Huskies
Connecticut Huskies Preview
2014 Record: 2-10 (9th in the AAC)
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Overview: Bob Diaco leads the Connecticut Huskies for a second season, and he hopes it goes much better than his 2-10 debut. UConn hasn’t reached a bowl game since 2010 which was the last season Randy Edsall coached the program. The Huskies have won just five games in their last two seasons and would take any type of progress at this point.
Offense: The Huskies switched up their offensive coaching staff after ranking one of the worst units in the country. The good news is that the offense will have a spark in quarterback Bryant Shirreffs, who transferred from North Carolina State and is a flashy dual-threat who can change the look of this squad. Running back Ron Johnson returns after leading the way with 429 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman, and he should get a lot more looks with Frank Verducci at offensive coordinator. On the outside, UConn did lose its top-two receivers in Geremy Davis and Deshon Foxx. Noel Thomas proved he can stretch the field and Thomas Lucas can be a physical target across the middle. The Huskies offensive line remains intact, including Andreas Knappe who is a flat out monster at the right tackle position.
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Defense: UConn returns seven starters on the defensive side, including leading tacklers Marquise Vann, Andrew Adams and Graham Stewart. Senior Julian Campenni anchors the defensive line and Obi Melinfonwu is an impressive safety who should be out for a big time season. UConn had 61 tackles for loss last season and would really take that next step if they can force more than 15 turnovers this time around. UConn had a top-50 defense last season and should be another strong unit this time around to keep the Huskies in games.
Special Teams: Bobby Puyol returns at kicker after making 64.3 percent of his kicks on 14 attempts. Justin Wain returns at punter after averaging 38.7 yards per kick on 74 attempts.
Overall: The Connecticut Huskies should once again have a strong defense that at least keeps games close. The concerns were all on the offensive side of the ball, but Shirreffs has the potential to get things rolling and put points on the board. I’m not ready to say UConn will turn things completely around after how ugly things were a year ago, but this team has more talent and should push for four or five wins at the very least.