UConn Quarterbacks Coach Shane Day Talks About Scott McCummings, The Complete QB

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What’s goin on?

Talked to UConn quarterbacks coach Shane Day and offensive coordinator T.J. Weist for a story you’ll see this weekend, I’m guessing.

Weist is beginning his first season with the Huskies. Day, however, is in his third season as UConn quarterbacks coach so he knows much more about the situation and the players involved, including junior Scott McCummings.

McCummings, unlike junior Chandler Whitmer and redshirt freshman Casey Cochran, is a dual threat-type but Day said the focus since he arrived has been on making  McCummimngs more of a complete quarterback.  

“He does have a unique skill set compared to the other quarterbacks in that in our previous offense he was a wildcat quarterback,” said Day, who joined the staff from the NFL’s Chicago Bears.  “We still have elements of that in our offense but what we’ve we had to come to or evolve to is that all the quarterbacks in our system here are all expected to be able to operate the entire offense, which from the beginning, is really what we were trying to do with Scott. I mean that’s really what Scott wants to do. He doesn’t just want to be the wildcat quarterback.

“When I first got here we were working on the drop-back passing game. We’ve been developing that with him. He’s done the same drills as all the other quarterbacks and we’ve been working since the day I got here to develop him in that area. I think the only thing you haven’t seen is in a game setting he hasn’t operated that part of the package. It’s not because we haven’t been working on it from Day 1. He’s been working on that constantly. He just hasn’t been in a position to execute that part of the offense.

“I wouldn’t say he wants to be pro style. I would say he wants to be a complete quarterback.”

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11 thoughts on “UConn Quarterbacks Coach Shane Day Talks About Scott McCummings, The Complete QB

  1. ray

    The main thing is we need to decide early who will be the starter. Indecision and the ever popular phrase “It’s a work in Progress” will not work anymore!

  2. JD

    I like this kid athletically but I just don’t see him fitting in as a QB at UCONN. The Wildcat was a complete dud last year mainly b/c this kid just could not throw the ball accurately and open up the running lanes. This kid didn’t attempt many passes but did miss badly on a few big plays I recall the last 2 seasons.

    At the D-1 level a QB needs to be accurate regardless of his abilities.

  3. bleedingblue

    I’d like for him to get the opportunity but its really up to him to perform this spring and earn the starting role. I hope there are no QB issues this year.

  4. weyuo

    Yeah give the guy his chance in the sun. Besides Whitmer, he’s the only other QB that has seen any time on the field. So I say let Whitmer guide one side and McCummings guide the other during the first half of the Blue-White. Whoever “produces” more gets to run the offense in the second half against a combination of Cochran and the other. That should make for a very motivated event.

  5. Artie A...

    Sheesh…Coach Day sounds like me. A few paragraphs to say the same thing as the first sentence.
    I would have loved to see this young man get a full quarter in any game. He has been thrown to the wolves with our version of the wildcat.

    If he is not projected as a 1 or 2 on the chart I hope they give him a chance to run out of the backfield. He has size to break the initial hit and ability to pick up yardage. This and to throw on a fake…

    GO DOGS !!!!!!!

    1. husky66

      exactly. he reminds me of Michael Robinson from Penn State a few years ago. almost exactly the same size. PSU moved him all over the field before settling at QB where he was pretty good. but just don’t know if McCummings can throw as well as I don’t recall him having more than one attempt this past year.

  6. jack54

    Hope he does not leave the program. QB’s tend to go if they feel they will not play. Pre -season camp will be very interesting for QB playing time. Never know what a new O/C has in mind and his evaluation process.

  7. Jason

    Would love to see Scott McCummings get the opportunity to run the full offense in the Blue-White game. Hope he gets the chance this spring. If I remember correctly, he had a tough off-season last year.

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