Connecticut Huskies 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 6-7
Connecticut Huskies 2016 Preview
Bob Diaco looks to lead the Connecticut Huskies to back to back Bowls in 2016.
Overview: Diaco got an awful lot from a team that was outscored 19-17 and is hoping an experienced offense can help take some of the load off of a very stingy defense.
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Offense: It’s been a long time since Connecticut could rely on their offense to be competitive and even though there is experience back I don’t thing scoring the football will be a strength. Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs paced the Huskies with nearly 2,100 passing yards and another 662 yards on the ground while Arkeel Newsome (183-792) has 1,000 yard potential while also being a capable receiver (45-465). UConn will lean on wide receivers Noel Thomas and Tyraig Beals with tight ends Alec Bloom and Tommy Myers combining for almost 550 yards while a veteran offensive line returns four starters.
Defense: The UConn defense will likely lead the team to any success they might have once again. DT Folorunso Fatukasi and end Luke Carrezola are the top guns on the defensive line with 19.5 TFL and 13.5 sacks while six of the top eight are back. The Huskies will be strong at linebacker with Matt Walsh and Junior Joseph leading the way with Florida State transfer EJ Levenberry in the mix. The Huskies secondary has a few solid playmakers back in safety Obi Melifonwu defensing seven passes while corners Jhavon Williams and Jamar Summers defensed 21 passes with Summers recording eight interceptions.
Special Teams: Connecticut punter Justin Wain averaged just 38 yards but his punts were seldom returned while placekicker Bobby Puyol connected on 16-18 field goals. Arkeel Newsome is back as the Huskies primary kick returner while Brian Lemelle will likely bring back punts.
Outlook: The Bottom line for Connecticut is the defense has to be stout once again and any help from the offense is a bonus so expect a duplicate of last season.
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