Cutting down on turnovers is a big one for any coach, obviously, but UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni sees a couple other keys to at least a better than 5-7 season …
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As the Huskies get set to open camp Friday one of their top fixes will be securing the ball better.
As you know, the Huskies turned it over 26 times and quarterback Chandler Whitmer was the only top 100 passer who threw more picks (16) than touchdown passes (nine) in 2012.
“The turnover issue, I think is big,” Pasqualoni said at American Athletic Conference media day Tuesday. “…And I think we’ve got to consistently score more points. In an ideal world, for me, I’d like to score 24, give up 17 or less, that formula, for me, will probably win you nine or 10 games. If you’re better than that, then you’re better than that. I think if you look at football, I think the score is the most important statistic. The biggest factor from the score is the turnover deal and after the turnover deal it’s giving up the big play.
“So we have, at the wrong time, turned it over with the game on the line. In two years, there’s like eight games that are seven points or less, going back to my first game; that third-and-7 against Vanderbilt was a pick six, they win the game. We run the ball there on that third-and-7 and punt it, I’m not so sure they score, we win that game. That has been a thorn in our side so we have to do a better job of that on both sides oif the ball. We were really, really good on defense a year ago but we were awful in the red zone.
“People got the ball in the red zone and they scored on us a year ago. That’s very disturbing; very, very, very disturbing. We have to improve. There are areas we have to improve and we’re working hard to improve them.”