Best UConn Offensive Player
QB David Pindell, Sr.
The JUCO transfer aded a ready-made backup who could hit the occasional deep throw and take off when needed. He split time, but he still threw for 937 yards and fours scores with six picks, and ran for 289 yards and three touchdowns.
Only 6-0 and 195 pounds, he’s not a big bomber, but he threw for over 200 yards in each of the last three games when he got his shot. More accurate and in command this spring, it’s his offense to run now.
2. WR Hergy Mayala, Sr.
3. RB Nate Hopkins, Soph.
4. WR Aaron McLean, Sr.
5. OT Matt Peart, Jr.
Best UConn Defensive Player
S Tyler Coyle, Soph.
One of the team’s few top returning tacklers, the 6-1, 205-pound safety finished third on the team with 67 stops with a season-high of 12 against UCF. For a defense that didn’t make a whole lot of big plays, his open-field hitting and his two interceptions – taking one for a score in the win over Temple – were desperately needed.
Very, very fast and very athletic, now that he knows what he’s doing, get ready for a whole lot more as the quarterback of the defensive backfield.
2. LB Darrian Beavers, Soph.
3. S/LB Marshe Terry, Jr.
4. DT Caleb Thomas, Soph.
5. DE Ryan Fines, Jr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
DT Caleb Thomas, Soph.
The UConn D needs the smart, talented Darrian Beavers to take his solid spring and become a star in the linebacking corps, another corner has to rise up and rock, and more of a pass rush needs to come from somewhere. However, the defensive front needs to be a whole lot stronger and has to be a rock on the inside. The 6-0, 280-pound Thomas is freakishly strong with the base to be an anchor – the Huskies need one.
Key Game To The UConn Season
UCF, Aug. 30
You want to make a big, giant statement that this year is different, UConn? You want to show the world that the program is about to turn a corner and become special, well here you go. Pulling off this big massive home win over the self-proclaimed defending national champ is a must with a trip to Boise State to follow, and with road games at Memphis and USF still to deal with in conference play. No pressure.
2017 UConn Fun Stats
– Penalties: Opponents 108 for 974 yards – UConn 63 for 586 yards
– 1st Half Scoring: Opponents 231 – UConn 103
– Passing Yards: Opponents 4,007 – UConn 3,230