2019 UConn Football Season Preview
The UConn football program was one of the worst in the entire NCAA a season ago–so they can only go up in 2019, right?
2018 Record: 1-11 overall, 0-8 in American Athletic
Head Coach: Randy Edsall, 3rd year: 4-20
Yikes. This unit was rough last season with the bright spot being the running game, but a lot of that had to do with quarterback David Pindell, who is no longer on the team. That will likely be the best part of the O again as Kevin Mensah is back, and Toledo transfer Art Thompkins should make an immediate impact.
The offensive line will need to be better as they suffered terribly in pass protection and really were not that strong in the running game either.
Sophomore quarterback Marvin Washington played sparingly last year, but he is the presumed starter and will need to drastically improve if he is going to lead the team. During his redshirt freshman season he only attempted 24 passes with one passing touchdown and three interceptions.
Not helping the situation is the fact that the top four receivers from last year are gone and only Keyion Dixon is returning, and all he did was catch 11 balls total. Not an experienced group for the inexperienced quarterback.
You thought the offense was bad? The defense was worse. There was no pass rush, just 11 takeaways, and nothing positive from a unit that allowed over 50 points per game. Yes, 50.
New defensive coordinator Lou Spanos has his work cut out for him.
Omar Fortt , Eddie Hahn and Tyler Coyle Jr. are the only pieces that really matter on this defense–as linebackers/safeties they are tackling machines. Fortt has the rover role on lockdown and he and Coyle are the most talented players on this unit that is lacking talent.
The team can’t be much worse–the offense turned the ball over 28 times and the defense only generated 11 takeaways–certainly not a recipe for success.
UConn should beat Wagner, maybe UMass even East Carolina but this is not a team close to competing in the AAC anytime soon.