UConn Football: What’s Up With The Pass Rush?

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What’s goin on?

You know, UConn’s defensive line could very well be as good if not better than last season’s front if recent practices are any indication of what this group is attempting to do in 2013.

On Saturday, during individual drills, it was a good thing senior tackle Jimmy Bennett (6-9, 306) came back against junior Angelo Pruitt (6-3, 297) and kept him from getting past him the last two times he went against him because the first two times, Pruitt blew past Bennett and OL coach George DeLeone went off.

He also praised him when he came back and held well against Pruitt.

“I give him props,” said Pruitt, who also goes by “Lo”. “He’s one of the best out here. That’s what makes you better. When you’re going against the best you better your game.”

Pruitt has gotten better in the pass rush. So has 6-5, 315 pound end B.J. McBryde, who too, looked awfully good in those drills.

“Last year, we were coached real hard on stopping the run and it’s something I had to develop personally,” McBryde said. “But if we bring it all together this year with the pass rush, it will make the defense complete.”

UConn was 18th in the nation in sacks at 2.75 per game. Trevardo Williams boosted the crew with about one a game, ranking him No.12 in the nation in 2012.

“We’re trying to replace the pass rush we had last year so we’re trying some different guys at different spots,” said Hank Hughes, UConn’s defensive coordinator and line coach. “Right now we’re still battling it out but Kenton Adeyemi is a guy who has come and done some good things in the preseason. He’s run with the 1s and the 2s; different days we’ve tried different guys at different spots. Angelo Pruitt, Mikal Myers, B.J., [Julian] Campenni.

Obviously Shamar [Stephen] is in there. Jesse [Joseph] has been in and out. He’s a factor and then Ruben Frank is a guy that’s been a solid guy and has really developed himself.

Hughes said after Campenni and Shamar Campenni, Pruitt, Myers, McBryde and Andreas Knappe, and the young freshman, Foley (Folorunso Fatukasi) has done exceptionally well. Kanppe can do some things. He’s not to the point where Stephen is but he’s a lot better than he was a year ago at this time.”

I failed to mention Tim Willman at defensive end, No.1 opposite Jesse Joseph has been solid.

Notable with Willman if you haven’t seen him lately? He looks big at 6-4, 267 but he clearly is stronger than he was a year ago. He worked out like crazy at home in Maryland from what I hear to make that happen. Commitment is a good thing….






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