Season Report Card: UConn
However, UConn did show some flashes of promise by beating Temple, Rutgers and Memphis during the final three games of the season before hiring Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco as a replacement to Pasqualoni.
Here’s a season report card for the Huskies and their 3-9 (3-5 AAC) record in 2013.
Connecticut definitely has something to work with in the future with freshman quarterback Casey Cochran, who gave the offense a boost when he took over with four games left in the season. But the Huskies ended near the bottom in most offensive categories, scoring 16.2 points per game in their nine losses.
Considering how terrible the offense was, it’s really quite impressive how the defense performed. It finished No. 51 in total defense, No. 19 in first downs allowed and No. 23 in rushing yards, but I would have liked to have seen the Huskies do a better job putting pressure on the quarterback and making plays behind the line of scrimmage.
Special Teams: D+
UConn’s special teams unit needs to be an area of focus this offseason, starting with the return game. The Huskies had a very difficult time with this aspect of the game, finishing with the 106th- and 120th-ranked kick and punt return yard average.
Any time your program goes through a midseason coaching change, it does not bode well for the “coaching” section of the report card. While the record is the most important factor of a coaches’ success, we can’t completely discredit the job interim coach T.J. Weist did after Pasqualoni was let go. Weist went 3-5 as the Huskies’ head coach and helped develop what looks to be their quarterback of the future in Cochran.
Connecticut started the year off with a 15-point loss at home to FCS Towson, and everything went downhill from there. It was clearly uncompetitive in many of its losses, getting beat down by Buffalo, Cincinnati, Central Florida and Louisville by an average of 30 points. Beating Rutgers at the end of the season is the only thing salvaging the Huskies from a failing grade.
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