Report Card: UConn Vs. Towson

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What’s goin on?

If you still think you’re dreaming wake up. The nightmare at Rentschler Field last night was real.

If you saw the game none of these grades will surprise you…. 

Offense

Quarterback: F – Chandler Whitmer was 16 of 28 for 208 yards and an intercepion against the Tigers. He did well in finding Shakim Phllips for two scores and Geremy Davis for 100 yards (could have been 200 if he looked for him more particularly in the Huskies’ scoreless third quarter). Whitmer could have been picked off at least three more times and the one that did get tipped then picked by defensive tackle Jon Deris was a doozy.Whitmer has yet to become adept throwing the ball on the run yet we see still see it too often. In these situations the tuck and run isn’t a bad idea. Neither is getting rid of the ball quicker.

Running back: C – I thought Lyle McCombs (17×76) ran hard; 4.5 yards oer carry is nothing to sneeze at but the Tigers front hardly looked intimidated by UConn’s front and that made a big difference. No other running back carried the ball – again.

Receivers/Tight endA Phillips (5×77, 2 TDs) and Davis (5×100) have become a viable duo at receiver for the Huskies. Their improvement and focused showed but Davis clearly needs more than five balls thrown his way a game. He was outstanding but as he said in the interview room, “my stats don’t mean anything. The only stat that means something is the one on the scoreboard.”

Offensive line – F – All the chatter about what they’ve learned, experience, togetherness, understanding the system now, all that? Where was it Thursday night? The Huskies may or may not have missed senior Kevin Friend (concussion) but sophomore Xavier Hemingway had a tough night in his shoes.

Special Teams

Punt return: F – While freshman Brian Lemelle will have better days he is a freshman who had a tough opener Two field punts for two yards with one fumbled and recovered by Towson which led to a touchdown late. The No.1 thing you have to do on punt return is catch the ball first.

Punt: B Cole Wagner was pretty solid averaging about 40 yards on his six punts including his 54-yarder to the Towson 5 in the third quarter, Unfortunately his attempt at gaining good field position for the offense was short-circuited by a 95-yard scoring drive the Tigers put on display for over 7 minutes,

Kickoff return: F – Shakim Phillips (2×33) and Deshon Foxx (2×35) aren’t Nick Williams but they’re better than what they showed Thursday night.

Kicks/Field Goals B Chad Christen averaged 61.5 yards on kickoffs (after having offseason hip/groin surgery) and hit his lone field goal attempt (22 yards)

Defense

Defensive line: F Understanding the Towson offensive line was pretty good I was stunned the Huskies couldn’t overpower them up front. They were actually dominated if you look at things close and if you look at Terrance West’s 156 yards rushing and the fact quarterback Peter Athens wasn’t sacked once. I thought this unit had a chance to be strong and a potential surprise for the team. It was a surprise Thursday night allright.

Linebackers D – Thought we would have seen a little more from Ryan Donohue (10 tackles) and Graham Stewart (8). Yawin Smallwood (16) was active but he flagged for a costly pass interference, too.

Secondary D minus The only reason the grade isn’t worse is because of the redshirt freshman Obi Melifonwu who had 11 tackles and an intercpetion in his first college game. The replacements for Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz – Taylor Mack and Byron Jones were both burned on big pass plays.

 

 

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