Report Card: UConn Vs. Rutgers

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What’s going on?

UConn defeated Rutgers 28-17 Saturday.

Here’s the report card, how the Huskies graded out, one man’s opinion, from that effort…

Defense

Line: Held the Rutgers rushing attack to 68 yards. Five Huskies had tackles for loss including the continuously emerging Tim Willman who had one for minus 7. They didn’t generate any sacks Saturday but the Huskies owned the line of scrimmage here.  B

Linebacker:  Yawin Smallwood led the pack with nine hits – along with safety Andrew Adams. Jefferson Ashiru pitched in with four tackles. This unit was OK, and better in the second half. B

Secondary: Got torched too much. Some of the youth there has to trust what it has been taught and do those things. Some basics were missed by a couple younger players on bombs Saturday but the veteran Taylor Mack came up with two giant interceptions at the right time. C plus

Offense

Line:  It is doing a good job lately. Grinding out yards in the running game was a struggle though against the Scarlet Knights who have to put a lot into their rush defense because their pass defense is so bad. It allowed two sacks but you can’t deny overall the unit looks a whole lot better lately than it had starting the season. C

Quarterback: Casey Cochran (25 of 33, 311 yards two touchdowns) is a winner and that’s kind of all there is to it. That’s who and what you need at the position. This kid is good folks and fearless. B plus

Running back: Max DeLorenzo (15×52 2 TDs) has proven to be a player the Huskies cannot leave out of their plans. Running it or catching it (2×21). He has emerged but it would be fun to see what the coaches can cook up for Lyle McCombs (8×6 rushing and 1×6 receiving) n the last game. DeLorenzo can make a way with his size but McCombs is terrific in open space. B plus

Wide receiver/tight end:  Congratulations to Deshon Foxx (9×117). Even he had a tough time describing how happy he was with his performance. Good for him. He always had the ability to turn in games like he did Saturday but that poor performance against USF kind of stuck with him. It’s in the past and Foxx really needs to build on his effort. The best thing, however, about Foxx is he’s a team player. He was more ecstatic about the win than he was with his breakout game. Geremy Davis (5×98) was his usually reliable self. Dhameer Bradley (3×41, 1 TD) and Brian Lemelle (5×28, 1 TD) are good young players who spring hope for the future. B plus

Special Teams

Chad Christen (59.6) was solid in kickoff duties as was Cole Wagner in punting (37.2). The coverage teams were OK. The return teams were OK, too. C

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