UConn – A First Look

The first of our preview articles on the Black Knights opponents this season will be a quick snapshot of their team, how the season has gone to date and other relevant information. This will, of course, be followed with a three keys article later in the week and the two pieces combined will give an even better breakdown of just what Army will be facing on the following Saturday.

The first of our first look articles this year will be looking at UConn.

Season so far

While Army was losing to Fordham on the opening weekend of the season the Huskies were not faring much better against an FCS opponent of their own. UConn took on Villanova, an FCS power, and squeaked out a 20-15 victory. It was however a sign of improvement for UConn that they battled back against the odds, including having a pass intercepted in the end zone when down 9-6, to beat the team ranked #6 in the FCS. This is a game that the UConn of the last few years would have lost and is a sign that Bob Diaco has the Huskies moving in the right direction.

Injuries and Suspensions

UConn took an injury hit early in the summer when sophomore center Ryan Crozier was ruled out for the season with a leg injury. Crozier had played some as a freshman and had done enough to be named to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy which is awarded to the nation’s top center. While UConn has had time to plug this gap, losing the natural leader of your offensive line is an issue which is going to take more than one game to fix.

The Huskies will also be without defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi for the first half on Saturday after he was ejected during the win over Villanova after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Despite all the good that came from the ‘Nova win, it is noticeable how undisciplined the Huskies were as they drew multiple penalties for taunting and other unsportsmanlike actions.


UConn is young, but they are huge on the lines. Army is of course undersized, but the comparison this week is even more drastic than normal. The Army offensive line checks in at an average 273 pounds while the three defensive linemen they will face weigh 306 pounds on average. The discrepancy is even more noticeable on the flip side of this with the Army defensive line averaging 257 pounds, while the UConn offensive front averages 307 pounds. Army will have to out scheme UConn to get the behemoths out of the way.

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