2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The UConn Offense
Just don’t screw up. The offense had to press so, so much thanks to a defense that couldn’t do anything right, and it showed. The O should be able to run the ball without a problem, and there will be some semblance of a passing game. But the O can’t turn the ball over 28 times again – it gave it away three times or more seven games – and the points have to come when the chances are there. UConn was a miserable 74% in scoring in the red zone.
Biggest Key To The UConn Defense
Where to begin? Start with slowing down the running game. The Huskies were absolutely obliterated for 4,020 rushing yards and 45 scores, allowing 7.7 yards per carry. All 11 FBS teams on the slate ran for 247 yards or more. It all tied together. No run defense, easy third down chances for the offenses, lots and lots of long drives. There’s size and experience on the defensive front. Now everyone has to be better.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB David Washington, Jr.
It might actually be 350-pound DT Travis Jones – the sophomore has to be an anchor for a D line that needs to be far better. The offense needs to keep the chains moving and has to do more with the passing game, and that’s where West Florida transfer Mike Beaudry could come in if it’s not Washington.
Last season, Washington only completed 38% of his passes with a touchdown and three picks as the backup, but he had a strong offseason and looked the part of the No. 1 guy.
Key Game To The UConn Season
USF, Oct. 5
Even if UConn improves as expected, it’s still going to be tough to get by Illinois, at Indiana and at UCF after starting the season off against Wagner. Last year, the Huskies battled hard in a 38-30 loss to the Bulls, but this time around, it has to be a win at home with a trip to Tulane to follow and Houston to come right after.
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2018 UConn Fun Stats
– Rushing Yards Per Carry: Opponents 7.7 – UConn 4.8
– Average Passing Yards Per Attempt: Opponents 10.69 – UConn 6.12
– Points Per Game: Opponents 50.42 – UConn 22.17