Report Card: UConn Vs. Maryland

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What’s goin’ on?

In case you missed it here’s last night’s game story,

…and here’s the report card….

OFFENSE

Quarterback

The numbers for Chandler Whitmer (29 of 46, 349 yards, two interceptions, one touchdown) look OK but a deeper look at those picks shows how big they were. The first, in the first half, Whitmer was going to deep to Shakim Phillips when Dexter McDougle robbed him the first time. It was a good play but that thing needed to be armed out there a little more and the Huskies needed to convert deep to help open the running game. The second interception, in the second half, which McDougle returned 49 yards for a touchdown, was just brutal. Whitmer fought hard all game. He will do that and deserves credit but he engineers too many stalled drives and his penchant for throwing to the other team remains high D

Running Back

Lyle McCombs (19 carries 53 yards, 1 TD) tries really hard but he doesn’t have enough help – in front or behind him – and that’s all there is to it. C minus

Receivers/tight end

Some good production in here with Shakim Phillips catching 10 passes for 178 yards (both career highs) which included a 75-yard catch and run late but he pulled up with that nagging hamstring injury on his way into the box. If the Huskies have to go without him for any period of time it will simply be another blow to the program. Geremy Davis (5×54) may have seen a little more attention after his 100-yard effort in Week 1. It was good to see Deshon Foxx (4×54) worked into action more. Sean McQuillan (4×23) looks like he can be a viable option B

Offensive line

Whitmer was sacked five times which means he’s been sacked 10 times total this season already. The Huskies rushed for 34 yards as a team. The unit gets an F for the second straight game.

DEFENSE

Defensive line

The unit allowed another 200-yard rushing performance in as many games. Quarterback C.J. Brown’s jersey looked like it just came out of the packaging – when he left Rentschler Field. Kid lit the place up: 15 of 28, 277 yards for a touchdown and 122 yards rushing) F

Linebackers

Yawin Smallwood led the team in tackles with 14, which was also game-high but the bottom line here is the inexperience of this unit is glaring now against the pass and run. C minus

Secondary

It had a lot to handle and it didn’t do a great job of handling it. It could have been worse. Maryland shot itself in the foot at times D

Special Teams

Punt return

The Huskies didn’t return any punts INC

Punting

Kind of a rough night for Cole Wagner who punted nine times for a 36.2 average D

Kickoff return

Shak Phillips (2×51) almost broke one but the Huskies simply have to be more productive on returns. The offense needs it. C minus

Kickoffs/field goals: Chad Christen was good on both of his field goal attempts and averaged 61.7 yards on his kickoffs including the one in which he was flagged for blocking below the waist. There may not be a player on the roster who bleeds blue more than Christen. He was simply trying to make a play for his team. He gets an ‘A’ for effort there and a B minus overall

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