Report Card: UConn Vs. Cincinnati

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Here we go…


Defensive line: Cincinnati rushed for 137 yards as a team but the Bearcats may have been able to get more if they wanted. Six different players carried it a combined 36 times. The Huskies did not lay a glove on the three quarterbacks they faced. None of them were sacked. Brendon Kay was 17 of 24 for 300 yards, four touchdowns and another one rushing. DT Shamar Stephen had six tackles. D

Linebackers: Yawin Smallwood had a game-high 13 tackles. Marquise Vann had a scoop a score in the fourth quarter. Jefferson Ashiru had six tackles. Both Vann and Shiru are in reserve roles with Ryan Donohue (concussion) and Graham Stewart (ankle) being out – but they are nice players.B minus

Secondary: Cincinnati’s receivers were too much for UConn. They’re big fast, physical and they make plays when they need to. Six different receivers had over 50 yards receiving led by Mekale McKay who caught a 56-yarder on the first play after the opening kickoff. Nice job by Wilbert Lee with an interception C minus


Line: The Huskies were without right guard Gus Cruz (shortness of breath) but they had Tyler Bullock back. Huskies allowed eight sacks. It didn’t matter who was in there. D

Quarterback: Tim Boyle (22 of 39, 310 yards, three interceptions) might want to start getting rid of the ball faster since the Huskies tend to have pass-protection issues every game. We’re talking 31 sacks in six games, including 11 in the last two for Boyle. Some passes are still sailing. They have to come down and he’s going to have to read the D a little better. It was tipped but that pick before the half when the score was 14-3 was huge C minus

Running back: Max DeLorenzo (6×46, 1 TD) scored the first touchdown of his career in the third quarter. Lyle McCombs carried the ball nine times. Nine – for 24 yards and Martin Hyppolite had 42 on six carries. So, what’s wrong with this picture? The Huskies aren’t running it enough. They had to play some catch up down 27-3 at halftime. Maybe that changed the game plan but interim coach T.J. Weist said UConn should have run the ball more Saturday. C

Wide receiver/tight end: Geremy Davis (8×140) is just rock solid now. Deshon Foxx (5×61) was too, responding in a big way after last week. Shakim Phillips (3×38) caught passes for the first time since re-injuring his hamstring at the end of the Maryland game. Sean McQuillian (3×34) was fine at tight end but that group doesn’t get the ball enough and maybe that’s another avenue the Huskies can try to loosen things up. Now, our columnist, Jeff Jacobs is a big fan of the play-action fake and out pass to him. I like the seam route. Weist probably knows a some beauties that would work. Go for it. B

Special Teams

Punter Cole Wagner went from booming seven punts for 308 yards (44-yard average) against South Florida to five punts for 190 (38) against the Bearcats. Chad Christen missed from 47 in the second quarter meaning he’s now 0-for-5 from 40 or more. UConn fielded one punt and two kickoffs and coverage teams were OK. C minus

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