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Report Card: UConn Vs. Memphis

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What’s going on?

Here’s my final UConn report card of the 2013 season. As you know, UConn blew out Memphis 45-10 on Senior Day Saturday to end the season at 3-9, 3-5 in the American and also on a three-game win streak.

Memphis (3-9, 1-7) was a bad team. UConn looked like a good team with promise for next year although the offensive line loses quite a bit of experience that will have to be made up in order for more explosions like the one Casey Cochran (single-game school record 461 yards and career-high four TDs) had.

How about that Geremy Davis (15×207, 1 TD), now a 1,000-yard receiver. Deshon Foxx (11×137, 2 TDs), you may recall, I said had the ability to be a play-maker and he’s shown it in flashes but he has to be consistent and build off the good of this season. The reason is because we know Shakim Phillips will be back as a starter oppositie Davis most likely but Brian Lemelle and Dhameer Bradley are going to come back hungry for time. They already were all season (I’m witing about the potential of the receivers for next year for tomorrow and I’ve gotten started a little bit here so let me stop).This unit could turn out to be something special next year and I don’t recall a time when that could be said about the group, especially as a whole, in a while.

Lastly, to all the seniors, thanks for everything, all of you. You were a terrific group to the media. I can attest. Best of luck to each and every one of you as well as Yawin Smallwood. Thanks for everything, All the Best.

OK, on we go…

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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 Continue reading

Report Card: UConn Vs. Temple

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UConn defeats Temple 28-21 to earn first its win of the season in Philadelphia. The Huskies scored all of their points in the second half. Junior linebacker Yawin Smallwood keyed the win with a 59-yard interception return late in the fourth quarter..

On to the report card:

Defense

Line:Temple quarterback P.J. Walker (26 of 46 280 yards, one touchdown) was sacked five times.The Huskies had eight sacks on the season coming into the game. Defensive end Tim Willman had a tremendous game with two of the sacks and he also recovered two fumbles. He got a mitt on a short pass he would have been in position to take to the house last week against SMU. He’s a playmaker. He’s making plays. Temple had a total of 92 yards rushing. The unit was solid. B

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Report Card: UConn Vs. SMU

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What’s goin on?

Here’s my report card off the UConn-SMU game in which the Mustangs defeated the Huskies 38-21 behind a strong effort from Mustangs senior quarterback Garrett Gilbert who completed 33 of 52 for 353 yards and four touchdowns.

Defense

Line: Not bad. I thought senior defensive ends Tim Willman and Jesse Joseph balled out – uh, gave it everything they had – Ruben Frank, too. Willman had one of the two sacks on SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert. Shamar Stephen, the senior tackle was pretty active and had the other sack. The line got good pressure – just not enough at the right times. C plus

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Report Card: UConn Vs. Central Florida

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Offense

Line: I actually thought this unit was a little better than last week. Tim Boyle was sacked twice. It gave Casey Cochran time against the UCF reserves. Tough day for the running game. The Huskies couldn’t really establish anything here because they fell into an 18-point hole after the first quarter and when they did run it it wasn’t very good with the exception of one play. D Continue reading

Report Card: UConn Vs. Cincinnati

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Here we go…

Defense

Defensive line: Cincinnati rushed for 137 yards as a team but the Bearcats may have been able to get more if they wanted. Six different players carried it a combined 36 times. The Huskies did not lay a glove on the three quarterbacks they faced. None of them were sacked. Brendon Kay was 17 of 24 for 300 yards, four touchdowns and another one rushing. DT Shamar Stephen had six tackles. D

Linebackers: Yawin Smallwood had a game-high 13 tackles. Marquise Vann had a scoop a score in the fourth quarter. Jefferson Ashiru had six tackles. Both Vann and Shiru are in reserve roles with Ryan Donohue (concussion) and Graham Stewart (ankle) being out – but they are nice players.B minus Continue reading

Report Card: UConn Vs. Buffalo

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Buffalo beats Uconn 41-12…Huskies 0-4 for the first time since 1991

Defense

Defensive line: It barely got pressure on quarterback Joe Licata ((10 of 19, 177 yards, three touchdowns, one interception) and it helped cure the ills of a running game that itself considered struggling, averaging around 95 yards a game. Branden Oliver rushed for 90 yards on 23 carries and James Potts added another 39 on 13 carries. The defense did hold the Bulls below 200 yards rushing which is somewhat of victory since they did it only once in the previous three games (Michigan). Youth and inexperience has been showing here, too. D Continue reading

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 Continue reading