What’s goin on?
UConn football coach Bob Diaco said Tuesday during AAC Media Day there will be a starting quarterback named but a second will play because the quarterbacks on the roster do different things well. And, honestly, the Huskies need to move the ball much better and easier so whatever way the staff sees fit to do that even it’s three quarterbacks playing that should be the direction to go.
Anyway, Diaco talked about how the competition will go between Chandler Whitmer, Casey Cochran and Tim Boyle (The fourth QB this year is walk-on Will Rishell. N.C. State transfer Bryant Shirreffs won’t be available until next season…
“They’re all going to work with all the offensive players and they’re all going to get a taste with the different players and the different groups. They’ll be forced out into leadership moments and opportunities. They’ve already been that way but it isn’t going to be a decision that includes one and excludes three. There are going to be roles. On our team, how I’m gong to lead. Every player gets graded every play, every day and then roles are assigned, actual names to each player. Those names also have a mathematical component of participation. Everyone knows what it is and everyone knows what their roles is so those four players are going to have vital, critical roles to winning and creating a winning team.
“I’m not beating around the bush. Some of those roles will be off field, off the game days field but there will be guys that have roles in the games. We’re not going to be a platoon, 1A, !B, we’re not going to do that. I don’t believe in that. We’re going to have a starting quarterback – but we’re going to have more than one quarterback playing the games.”
Whoever is in there will know this and it may help the competition along…
“I think they understand if they’re not going to protect the football they’re not going to play, period…in practice,” Diaco said. “You’re not going to see them in the game. And if they do it in the game they’re coming out and they’re not going back in. You can’t turn the ball over. You’re going to lose….I’ll hand it to the back 55 times. I’m serious. Then we’ll have a chance. If you turn the ball over you got no chance.”