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UConn Football: Talking Offense With ‘O’ Coordinator Mike Cummings

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If you saw the Blue-White Scrimmage Saturday then you know the defense dominated the offense .

What’s goin’ on?

The quarterbacks, four of them combined to complete 38 of 62 for 363 yards and a touchdown with most of the work being done by senior Chandler Whitmer (19 of 26, 163 yards and a touchdown). The QBs were sacked three times. Max DeLorenzo rushed for 51 yards on seven carries, a pretty good effort and Lyle McCombs added another 32 on 10 carries.

The receivers, led by Noel Thomas (4×55) and Kamal Abrams (4×51, 1 TD) were outstanding although there weren’t any real looks to them deep or on any other route really outside of hits across the middle.

“You didn’t think you were going to see everything in the spring game did you?,” Byron Jones said afterward.

Good point but not for nothing those short or intermediate-range passes have been awfully productive play in college football by the receiver and/or tight end, especially if they can make a guy or two miss in space. If not? well…  .

The offensive line showed it still needed work in both the passing and running game and UConn Coach Bob Diaco didn’t hide from it after the game calling the unit “still a work in progress.

Anyway, offensive coordinator Mike Cummings , a pretty cool guy, is confident the unit can and will be productive in the end. Continue reading

UConn Football Coach Bob Diaco On Offense…And Defense

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What’s goin on?

Here’s new UConn Coach Bob Diaco talking about what the team will look like offensively and defensively.

“We’re not a 3-4 defense. I mean we base out of and fundamentally teach in and begin in that concept because it’s the top way to talk about fundamentals, it’s the top defense to talk about the fundamentals of playing defense,” Diaco said. “If you scouted my defenses they';re 50-50. We’re in four-down [linemen] and three-down, 50-50. If we played 900 plays I’d bet 500 of them were actually four down and 400 we;re probably three down…It was probably tilted the other way, so I think people see me as a 3-4 guy because of my affiinity and affection towards it but the game isn’t conducted like that.”


“The offense is going to have a great ability to go uptempo.because that’s how I want to practice – but not necessarily how I want the game to be but we have that ability. You know I see a lot of formations from similar personnel groups…just kind of do all the things [as a defensive coordinator] I hated. [Former Iowa Coach Hayden Fry for whom Diaco played] used to call it scratch where it itches.”


UConn Defense Has Been Trying To Help The UConn Offense Quite A Bit This Preseason, Too

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What’s goin on’?

How is the UConn defense helping the offense right now?

Well if you think aboiut all the looks/coverages it’s been seeing the defense trying to master, of which there are many, if the offense sees those coverages or anything like them from opponents during the regular season it should help the unit…right?

“It’s the best thing,” said Shane Day, UConn quarterbacks coach. “Because as a quarterback, when you go into a season, you’re going to play 12 opponents and you’re going to see a plethora of covergaes so when our defense gives us all the different looks against each play then we can go through and teach all the different looks.

“If they only play one coverage…like, for example last year. We were more, primarily, a man team so we didn’t get a lot of off corners or different coverages so we knew where to go with the ball vs. man [defense] but when we played teams that didn’t play man we were a little bit behind. This year, we’ve seen everything. We know where to go with the ball against every coverage which is good.”

We shall soon see.

The UConn Football season opens a week from today against Towson University (Rentschler Field, 7:30 p.m.).



Nationally Ranking: The UConn Offense

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Looking at some of the Huskies offensive statistics nationally through three games…

They are: 99th in rushing offense (111.6 yards per game). Lyle McCombs’ 78.6 yards per game has him tied for 64th among Division I-A running backs.

Passing offense, the Huskies are 108 of 120 schools at 166.3 yards per game. The Huskies are tied for 93rd in scoring at 22.6 ppg.

The Huskies are 115th in the country in total offense at 278 yards per game.

The Huskies didn’t throw any interceptions against Maryland but they are tied for 106th in the nation with the five picks accomplished before that game.