Thursday, February 19, 2015

Look at UConn's schedule

The 2015 UConn schedule has been posted and with four of the six road games coming against teams coming off winning seasons, it will not be an easy second season under Bob Diaco. It will also feature two games in 14 days against triple-option offenses and anybody who watched the Huskies struggle against Army a season ago realize that could be a daunting task.

Sept. 3 vs. Villanova
2014 record: 11-3
Last game vs. UConn: Villanova won 48-45 in 3 OT on Oct. 16, 1999
About the Wildcats: Villanova quarterback John Robertson could be one of best players the Huskies will face in the upcoming season. Former Trumbull High star Don Cherry returns after leading the Wildcats with 134 tackles and 10 sacks.

Sept. 12 vs. Army
2014 record: 4-8
Last game vs. UConn: Army won on Nov. 8, 2014
About the Black Knights: Huskies are probably still reeling from the offensive show put on by the Black Knights a season ago. Larry Dixon and Angel Santiago. the two top rushers a season ago, are both coming back. as is Joe Walker, who like Santiago scored two touchdowns in the win over  UConn.

Sept. 19 at Missouri
2014 record: 11-3
Last game vs. UConn: Teams have never played
About the Tigers: Biggest news surrounding Missouri was that sack master Shane Ray declared for NFL draft. Maty Mauk, who threw for 2,648 yards and 25 touchdowns, figures to be in contention for plenty of individual awards while Russell Hamsbrough returns for his senior season after running for more than 1,100 yards and 10 TDs last year. Kentrell Brothers and Michael Scherer both recorded more than 100 tackles last season.

Sept. 26 vs. Navy
2014 record: 8-5
Last game vs. UConn: Navy won 41-17 on Sept. 30, 2006
About the Midshipmen: Navy will have to replace seven starters on offense and six others on defense. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds is a headliner on offense after running for 1,191 yards and running for nearly 850 more a season ago. Linebacker Daniel Gonzales returns after recording 86 tackles and intercepting three passes during 2014 season.

Oct. 2 at BYU
2014 record: 8-5
Last game vs. UConn: BYU won on Aug. 29, 2014
About the Cougars: The duo of quarterback Taysom Hiill and outside linebacker Bronson Kaufasi were as impressive as any offensive/defensive duo the Huskies faced a season ago. Receiver Mitch Matthews is another playmaker while Latanoa Pikula is the top returning tackler.

Oct. 10 at Central Florida
2014 record: 9-4
Last game vs. UConn: 37-29 UConn win on Nov. 1, 2014
About the Knights: Junior quarterback Justin Holman (2,952 passing yards, 23 TDs) and junior tailback William Stanback (697 rushing yards) are back to lead the offense. The defense lost its top five tacklers.

Oct. 17 vs. South Florida
2014 record: 4-8
Last game vs. UConn: 17-14 South Florida win on Sept. 19, 2014
About the Bulls: Tailback Marlon Mack and quarterback Mike White are a pair of playmakers to build an offense around but three starting offensive linemen graduated. Nigel Harris and Jamie Byrd return to lead the defense which returns its top five tacklers.

Oct. 24 at Cincinnati
2014 record: 9-4
Last game vs. UConn: 41-0 Cincinnati win on Nov. 22, 2014
About the Bearcats: Mike Boone emerged as a productive running threat as a freshman and one of his nine TDs came vs. the Huskies. Max Morrison and Shaq Robinson form dynamic 1-2 receiving punch. Safety Zach Edwards is top returning tackler but front seven needs to be rebuilt.

Oct. 30 vs. East Carolina
2014 record: 8-5
Last game vs. UConn: East Carolina won 31-21 on Oct. 23, 2014
About the Pirates: Replacing leading passer (Shane Carden), top rusher (Breon Allen) and No. 1 receiver Justin Hardy will be no easy task but Isaiah Jones, who caught 81 passes a season ago, leads the list of returning offensive playmakers. Leading tackler Zeek Bigger will be among AAC's best defensive players.

Nov. 7 at Tulane
2014 record: 3-9
Last game vs. UConn: 12-3 Tulane win on Oct. 11, 2014
About the Green Wave: Sherman Badie returns after rushing for more than 700 yards as a freshman. Nico Marley, who had 13.5 tackles for loss, is the top returnee on defense.

Nov. 21 vs. Houston
2014 record: 8-5
Last game vs. UConn: Teams have never played
About the Cougars: Kenneth Farrow is back after rushing for 1,037 and 14 touchdowns. There won't be a quarterback controversy as former starter John O'Korn transferred to Michigan. Greg Ward earned the No. 1 QB spot a season ago and threw for more than 2,000 yards. Ward won't have top receiver Deontay Greenberry to throw to as he declared for the NFL draft. Steven Taylor, the leader in sacks and tackles for loss, is the top returning player on defense.

Nov. 28 at Temple
2014 record: 6-6
Last game vs. UConn: 36-10 win over Sept. 27, 2014
About the Owls: Former St. Joseph of Trumbull star Tyler Matakevich will be one of nation's best linebackers as a senior while quarterback P.J. Walker returns after throwing for 2,313 yards and running for another 324.


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