45 days until UConn football. Huskies picked last in AAC East.
TORRINGTON: While we didn’t make the trip to Newport for the American Athletic Conference Football Media Day, I can say that I’m looking forward to covering the team under newly returned head coach Randy Edsall.
Edsall was the oldest coach on the stage at 58 (hey, that’s not old) and with age seems to come wisdom, I’m told.
His Connecticut Huskies football team was picked last again in the pre-season rankings in the Eastern Division and that can’t be a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to what transpired over the last three years in Storrs.
UConn football has just not been good. Hard to watch, not good.
Under Edsall though, you get a feeling several things are bound to change and more than likely have already.
For one, he will not be floating ideas or theory’s or pie-in-the-sky notions that will leave anyone covering his team scratching their heads in disbelieve.
If they stink, he’s going to say they did. If they played well, they will understand that as well.
Edsall made it clear when he met with the media on his return tour last fall that this was not going to be an easy or instant fix. A coach can’t sign free agents, he’s going to have to work with the hand he has inherited until which time his recruiting pays dividends on the field.
Understand that an Edsall team will play defense. The should not give up 25-30 points per game.
They won’t be outworked but they may be out-skilled for a while.
Getting his players to buy into the Edsall way hasn’t been hard. Look at how his teams performed before he left.
Players want to win and looking around the practice facility, you now see a multitude of former players back supporting the program, a huge improvement.
It’s kind of stunning to think that opening day is just 45 days away for Edsall Part II.
UConn plays host to Holy Cross on Thursday, August 31 at Pratt and Whitney Stadium in East Hartford before taking on the team picked to finish (by a landslide) atop the AAC, the University of South Florida.
The Bulls return the top player in the conference, Quinton Flowers who was an offensive juggernaut a year ago and will be a force to be reckoned with.
Getting off to a good start in their home opener against Holy Cross will speak volumes about how this team will be received by a fan base that is begging for a reason to show up.