Edsall looks ahead to 2008
- The offensive line needs to be more physical, and Edsall likes his three soon-to-be redshirt freshmen. Gary Bardzak, Mo Petrus and Mike Ryan could well unseat one or two of this season's starters. "Those three guys bring toughness to the football program," Edsall said. "I mean physically. We need to come off the ball and be more physical. Some of our starters may be passed by the redshirt freshmen because they're tougher right now." No names were mentioned, but have to think Mike Hicks and Dan Ryan will need to step it up in the spring. Maybe even Will Beatty.
- The UConn media watched Wake Forest's Kenny Moore and couldn't help but wonder how badly the Huskies could use a playmaker like that at wide receiver. The UConn receivers had a tough go this season because they couldn't get open or dropped too many passes. Quarterback Tyler Lorenzen rarely threw the deep ball this season, not because he doesn't have the arm strength (did you see him wing that one pass 70 yards in the air in the Meineke Car Care Bowl?) Edsall, who hinted at his disappointment in the receivers earlier in the month, finally said things need to get better at the position. "I don't think we've gotten the production out of the WR position," Edsall said. "We have to do things schematically to go vertically. We have to develop a vertical game." Kashif Moore is a guy who Edsall has noticed, and could surpass a regular in the spring.
- Lorenzen is still the starter at quarterback, but has plenty to improve upon, Edsall said, or he won't hesitate to use another QB. His decision-making needs to quicken up, for one.
- Edsall thinks the defense will be fine. Danny Lansanah, who's put in yeoman's work the past two seasons, leaves a hole. But it's a hole Edsall thinks can be adequately filled. Jarrell Miller is certainly a candidate. Greg Lloyd will help, too.Personally, I think the guy to keep an eye on is C.J. Marck. Kid looks like he can play the game. Edsall said he's also got some ideas on changes in the secondary he hasn't even mentioned to his staff yet.
- Edsall isn't anticipating any incoming recruits who will enroll in January. He was also unsure on the number of scholarships still available. Guess there may be some changes coming.
- No surprise, but Edsall said Tyvon Branch is the team's best pro prospect and is looking good to be drafted. He's been invited to the NFL Combines in February. Donald Thomas is a draft bubble guy who will certainly be a free agent signee. He's still a novice to this game, and has a lot to learn will plenty of upside (can't believe I just used that cliche.) Previous injuries will likely hold Dan Davis back, but Danny Lansanah may get a look despite his lack of overall speed. Larry Taylor could also make a club, though Canada might be an option, too.
I'll have some more updates this week. Until then, have a safe New Year, everyone.