Thursday, August 17, 2006

It's D.J.


No surprises. Randy Edsall named D.J. Hernandez as the team's opening-day starter at quarterback against Rhode Island on Aug. 31. Hernandez was adequate last fall until the season finale against Louisville, when he threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns. Since then, he's made his case by working countless extra hours and improving his game in spring and summer practice sessions. Hernandez had so distanced himself Edsall decided to make the announcement today and get it out of the way before he releases the rest of the depth chart on Tuesday.

Barring more injuries, I don't see many real surprises coming when the final two-deep comes out next week. Julius Williams should start at middle linebacker with Ryan Henegan's nagging injury. Cody Brown should fill in for injured Jason Ward at defensive end. Terry Caulley will start at tailback, but will be spelled more with the talented trio of Lou Allen, Andre Dixon and Donald Brown backing him up. The Huskies have played wide receiver by committee in the past, and that likely won't change. Freshmen Brad Kanuch and Kevin Poles may not be listed at starters but all appear to have a shot at playing a lot right away. Keep an eye on punter Desi Cullen, too. Just a hunch, but he may unseat Chris Pavasaris for URI.

By the way, no media access at UConn until Saturday. I'm not complaining. Fans shouldn't either. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that coach Petrino has closed all practices to the media: partly because he feels too much info gets leaked on the internet. Not sure I agree with that, but that's a column for another day.

9 Comments:

Blogger Vinny From East Haven said...

Judging from what I've seen, I don't think the UConn fans are football-savvy enough to understand what is going on at practice, much less in danger of spilling secrets out on the internet. At least you can get a couple of days off. Covering them must be like covering the New Haven Cutters (maybe worse, although I don't see how).

August 18, 2006 9:19 AM 
Blogger Train said...

They are doing a good deed, reporting football for the #1 program in New England. Syracuse fans may have something to say to that though.

August 18, 2006 1:53 PM 
Blogger Vinny From East Haven said...

The #1 Football program in New England? Why are Connecticut fans so delusional? There's a school called Boston College a little north of here that's consistently ranked in the top25! And by the way, the #1 football program in New England might not even belong to a D-I team. Can anyone guess who that might be? They only have the longest current winning streak in the country, and have not lost a game in over three years? Anyone? Anyone?

August 18, 2006 2:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I look forward to the Trinity-UConn football matchup.

Really. I do.

August 18, 2006 2:37 PM 
Blogger NortheastOxymoron said...

Is that the Syracuse team that pounded BC 2 years ago or the Orangemen that went 1-10 and lost to UConn last fall? Either way, Syracuse isn't in New England.

August 18, 2006 2:40 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's pretty obvious that UConn is the #1 football program in NE. Sorry, but no one cares about BC. They didn't even draw as much as a 1-10 team.

They probably will not make a bowl game.

Trinity doesn't play UConn, dolt. Another obvious sign of BCU envy for UConn.

August 18, 2006 2:40 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People can look forward to a UConn-Trinity game, but they better have very long term plans. Never may not be accurate, but it would have to be a pre-season scrimmage the NCAA is considering adding. Games against Division III schools wouldn't be considered for bowl game eligibility.

August 18, 2006 2:43 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which bowl did UCONN play in last year?

August 18, 2006 2:43 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trinity doesn't play UConn, dolt. Another obvious sign of BCU envy for UConn.

..actually, it was a way of mocking someone for trying to compare UConn to Trinity. UConn would kill Trinity.

August 20, 2006 1:38 PM 

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