Report Card: UConn Vs. Louisville

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Sorry we’re late but let’s get at it….

Offense

Line: It faced a serious front but that’s no excuse. The Huskies supposedly started the best they had up front for this one. The running game looked better but the giving up sacks continued. Five more for Tim Boyle Friday night D

Quarterback: Not sure what’s causing the hesitation in releasing the ball sooner but it’s been a factor as well as receivers getting outfought for balls that are being returned for interceptions. And speaking of interceptions Boyle (14 of 29, 113 yards) racked up three more of those for a total of eight on the season and the last one he threw, in the end zone late, appeared to be thrown up for grabs. He’s a better player than he’s showing but Boyle needs players around him to be productive. That’s not an excuse – just a fact. The young man hasn’t thrown a TD pass yet. That’s not all on him D

Running back: Now that the staff has warmed up to using more than one running back it hasn’t really lent itself to see how productive it really can be because the mistake-prone Huskies often find themselves having to try to get points back in hurry because they’re down so much so early but Lyle McCombs and Max DeLorenzo combined for 72 yards on 25 carries. Martin Hyppolite didn’t carry again after his critical fumble after a 10-yard rush into the Louisville red zone. C minus 

Receivers/tight ends: Well Sean McQuillan caught two passes for 16 yards at tight end. Again, that position is not being used enough. Geremy Davis was the leading receiver with 76 yards on six catches and Kamal Abrams (2×28) was the recipient of the TD pass from Casey Cochran late which covered 14 yards.However the issue in this game is the same one that’s been there: YAC – yards after the catch. The Huskies usually go right down after they make a catch. At least they’re catching it. You may recall a time when UConn was Drop U. C minus 

Defense

Line: These guys had a tall order, obviously, the whole unit did and played its best game, overall since Michigan. But what do we know about football? It’s a complimentary game. And this team, with little room for error, needs help from everybody. Anyway, the line was able to get pressure on Teddy Bridgewater, which it needed to do. Defensive Jesse Joseph scored a sack and Shamar Stephen had five tackles but it wasn’t enough. Louisville has a good front C  

Linebacker: Three of the top five tacklers Yawin Smallwood (game-high 10), Jefferson Ashiru (6) and Marquise Vann (5) came from this position but in coverage and pressure they could have been a little better. C

Defensive backs: It had to be a little disturbing how open Devante Parker was on the 28-yard TD in the second quarter. This was the worst game of the season statistically for Bridgewater (21 of 37 288, 1 TD). The 16 ncompletions are a season high. Some were straight drops. Others were defended well. C

Special teams: A made field goal. A blocked punt returned for a touchdown. A muffed punt. Special teams weren’t very special D

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