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In this April 12, 2014 file photo Connecticut players run a play during the first half of UConn’s cheap jerseys from china Blue White spring NCAA college football game at Rentschler Field, in East Hartford, Conn. Construction is nearly complete for UConn’s new basketball training center in July 2014. In a series of projects designed to keep the school’s athletic programs nationally competitive, the university has committed to building an on campus hockey arena, and plans new facilities for soccer, baseball and softball. But athletic Director Warde Manuel said enlarging the 40,000 seat football stadium won’t make sense until the school can sell the existing seats. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
Photo: Jessica Hill, Associated Press
In this April 12, 2014 file photo Connecticut players run a play.
The numbers don’t lie. There is a lot of talent here. The only question is, can it all work together like a well oiled machine? Last season, when the run game was working (and that was rarely), the passing game stunk. And, vice versa. Still, WR Geremy Davis caught 71 passes the first UConn receiver to catch 70 passes in the Division I era for 1,085 yards, with Deshon Foxx right behind with 43 receptions for 534 yards and TE Sean McQuillan with 25 catches for 196 yards. RB Max DeLorenzo added 349 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
Guess what? They’re all back for 2014, along with starting quarterback Casey Cochran, who completed 94 of 147 passes (63.9 percent) for 1,110 yards and nine touchdowns in his four starts to end the season. How well cheap jerseys he performs will depend on these five guys: LT Richard Levy, LG Gus Cruz, C Alex Mateas, RG Tyler Samra and RT Dalton Gifford. Remember those names. Throw in Dhameer Bradley, Noel Thomas, Brian Lemelle and Kamal Abrams and the receiver core is experienced and deep. Redshirt freshman Josh Marriner will spell DeLorenzo, and true freshmen Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia) and Ron Johnson are also going to see action. If the offense can avoid turnovers (18 interceptions, seven fumbles), then the potential is there for this group to score a lot of points.
When the Huskies were tying for the Big East title and playing Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl back following the 2010 season, it was because of the defense. DE Kendall Reyes, LB Lawrence Wilson, LB Sio Moore, CB Dwayne Gratz, CB Blidi Wreh Wilson and DT Shamar Stephen all who are playing in the NFL now anchored a group that allowed an average of just 22 points and 366 yards a game. Last season, the D allowed an average of 30.2 points giving up 62 to Central Florida. Worst of all, the D gave up 61 plays of over 20 yards to opposing offenses, 12 that went for touchdowns. Ouch. Head coach Bob Diaco, who was the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame before coming to UConn, has worked hard to rebuild this unit, and he seems to be excited about its potential. « They’re going to have the ability to create some stress, » Diaco said. McBryde will anchor the line while Graham Stewart, Brandon Steg, Jefferson Ashiru, Jon Hicks and Marquise Vann return as linebackers. Add to that some serious depth in the secondary with Byron Jones, Andrew Adams, Obi Melifonwu and Jhavon Williams and (fingers crossed) this unit could find itself back in 2010 form.
Redshirt sophomore kicker Bobby Puyol has played in exactly one game in two seasons, while redshirt sophomore punter Justin Wain is still waiting to make the first punt of his career. Gulp. There is no experience albeit, there is potential at either position and that leaves a giant question mark as to how these two positions (and players) will fare. Will they stand tall and kick (literally) some butt or will they get kicked by the pressure of having to succeed? As a true freshman against Cincinnati in 2013, Puyol made both his extra points and a field goal. But that’s it for him. In the spring game, Wain averaged 45.2 yards on 10 punts. Not much to hang your hats on, people. Still, Diaco (who coached special teams in his early days at Western Illinois, Eastern Michigan and Virginia) loves coaching these guys and feels they can do the job. Well, they have to there’s no one else, except for walk on Chase Briley, who’s backing up both Puyol and Wain. Pray they stay healthy.
WILL O’ LINE BE OFFENSIVE?: Last season, the offensive line was, well, offensive. They stunk, to put it bluntly. They couldn’t block to open any holes for the run game (averaging just 84.4 yards a game), they couldn’t protect the passer (allowing 42 sacks) and were the big reason that the team’s third down success rate was a dismal 34 percent. It was an experienced group that, for whatever reason, never got the job done. Three of the five starters are gone and replacing them has been the key goal for Diaco and offensive line coach Mike Foley. Center/co captain senior Alex Mateas is back at center and senior Gus Cruz, who missed the last seven games last season after suffering cardiac issues, is back at left guard. A new face, sophomore Richard Levy (LT), and familiar ones in junior Tyler Samra (RG) and junior Dalton Gifford (RT) who both saw time in Cruz’s place last season will start and will be asked to protect Cochran and open holes so the run game can run wild.
KEEP IT CLEAN: 25 that’s how many turnovers the UConn offense made last season. There were seven lost fumbles and 18 interceptions. Among the three Husky QBs, Chandler Whitmer threw six picks, Tim Boyle eight and Cochran four, and 14 of those turnovers directly led to opponents’ touchdowns. Is it any wonder the Huskies lost nine straight games to open the season? Heck no. But in the last two games both victories there were no, repeat no, turnovers. Clean football equals winning football. Avoiding the silly mistake/turnover will be paramount if the Huskies are going to battle for bowl eligibility. And don’t think for one second that Diaco is going to let even one unforced error slide when it comes to his quarterbacks. He’s all but promised the bench to whomever makes a turnover, especially during a play where he’s trying to make something out of nothing.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: At pro day back in March, two big, (supposedly) strong offensive linemen couldn’t even bench press 225 pounds 20 times one could only do 16 reps and cheap wholesale jerseys that lack of strength could have been a factor in why the Huskies struggled to stay in games. You can’t win when you’re getting physically pounded. But since strength coach Matt Balis has arrived, the Huskies are transforming themselves into a lean, mean, fighting machine. Guys are in the weight room at 5:30 in the morning and just about everyone is bigger, faster and stronger, according to Balis, and that new dedication should help, especially in the fourth quarter when crunch time comes.
Casey Cochran, quarterback: He saw mop up duty in four games and started the last four when the season was already lost. Yes, Cochran led the Huskies to wins in three of those starts, but they were against teams worse than UConn. And while his athletic ability and skill set continue to be questioned, there is no question about his leadership « It’s in his DNA, » Diaco said. Because of that leadership ability, Cochran won the starting job in the fall, and we’ll soon see if Diaco was right with BYU and Boise State on the schedule in the opening three weeks.
Julian Campenni, junior nose guard: If the UConn defense could have asked for a « do over, » last season would have been the time. They lost nine straight games, allowed 135.4 yards rushing, 349.2 yards passing and only managed 16 sacks total. Campenni played in all 12 games but just totaled 29 tackles and one sack. Diaco has done nothing but rave about the redshirt junior throughout fall practice, but the time for talk is over. It’s time for Campenni and Angelo Pruitt, for that matter to step up and lead this defense back to respectability.
Bobby Puyol, sophomore kicker: For the past three years, UConn had Chad Christen, and that experience was something the Huskies badly needed as the offense seemed to constantly struggle inside the red zone. But Christen is gone and now it’s all on the shoulders of Puyol, who’s played in exactly one game in his two seasons in Storrs. He did make his only field goal and two extra points in that loss to Cincinnati as a true freshman in 2013, but there was nothing on the line. Now, every kick is going to be.
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Taysom Hill, junior quarterback, BYU (Friday, 7): Named to 2014 Top 25 College Football Players list by the Sporting News, ranking No. 14 overall on the preseason list. Completed 236 of 438 passes for 2,938 yards wholesale cheap jerseys and 19 touchdowns last season. Also rushed for 1,344 yards and 10 touchdowns.
« (Hill) brings speed, he brings size, he brings athleticism, he brings leadership and he brings productivity. I think you’ll like what you see when you have a chance to watch him play. » BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall
Tyler Matakevich, junior linebacker, Temple (Sept. 27): The former St. Joseph of Trumbull standout, Matakevich was a 2013 first team All American Athletic Conference selection and first team Sporting News pick. 2013 honorable mention All American by Sports Illustrated. . Led the NCAA with 8.8 solo tackles per game. His 137 single season tackles rank seventh best in Temple history, and he has 238 career stops in two seasons. Set school and conference records with 24 tackles last season at Idaho.
« I might have done pretty well as an individual but my only thought process since I came to Temple is I want to win. » Tyler Matakevich
Jay Ajayi, junior tailback, Boise State (Sept. 13): Named to the 2014 Walter Camp preseason Player of the Year team. Named first team All Mountain West. . Started 12 of his 13 games last season, rushing for 1,425 yards and 18 touchdowns on 249 carries. Yardage total is the fourth highest single season total in school history and ranked 15th in the NCAA. His rushing touchdown total ranked tied for eighth nationally and was third in a single season at Boise State.
« The good thing about him is he’s good in all phases. He’s not just good when he has the ball in his hands. He’s good in pass protection, when we throw him the ball. He’s a threat and we’ve got to use him in all those ways. » Boise State RB coach Kent Riddle.Articles Connexes：
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