What You Need To Know About The UConn Defense
– It’s a work in progress. A disaster last season, it allowed 519 yards and 38 points per game, mainly because it had the worse pass defense in the country. The pass rush wasn’t miserable, but the defensive backs just couldn’t cover.
There’s experience returning, and the safeties can all hit – primarily sophomore Tyler Coyle – but after getting roads for over 4,000 yards and 34 touchdowns with six picks, the DBs have to shine, because …
– The defensive front is a big bag of uh-oh. Miami transfer Ryan Fines should be able to help the cause a little bit, but the entire front three is gone after a rough year overall. Sophomore Caleb Thomas is promising as a potential rock, but overall there’s no bulk, little developed depth, and a whole slew of question marks going into the summer.
– Not having Vontae Diggs and Chris Britton at linebacker anymore doesn’t help. In all, six of the eight top tacklers on D are gone with the linebacking corps needing a few young and unproven players to be fantastic in a big hurry. Darrian Beavers is a rising star, and Ryan Gilmartin and Santana Sterling can move, but they need to help the D …
Biggest Key To The UConn Defense
Force turnovers. The pass defense has to be night and day better, the whole D has to generate more third down stops, and the score can’t get out of hand early like it did so often. But this year, the defense has to take the ball away.
The Huskies generated a mere 11 turnovers with just five fumble recoveries and six picks. They came up with more than one takeaway in just two games – just like in 2016, when they also forced just 11 turnovers.
By the way, in 2010 – the last time Randy Edsall was the head coach? 31 takeaways, with two or more in nine games.