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BCI’s continued look at the Bearcats homecoming opponent for October 24th the UConn Huskies

The Bearcats look to get back on track at Nippert Stadium against the Connecticut Huskies.. Will the Bearcats be able to secure their first American Athletic Conference win of the season on homecoming Saturday?

The Cincinnati Bearcats will be welcoming in the Connecticut Huskies on Saturday October 24th at 4:30 at Nippert Stadium and we at BCI will give a quick preview of their head coach and special teams.

Head Coach

The Huskies head guy in charge is Bob Diaco who is in his second year with the program. Diaco has a current record of 5-14 during his tenure. His team is 3-4 currently and 1-2 in conference. They already have more wins than last year’s team so that is improvement for sure. Known for being a defensive coach, he has ties to Cincinnati as he was defensive coordinator during the 2009 season until Notre Dame plucked him from the Queen City.

Special Teams

The special teams are led by Special Teams slash wide receiver coach David Corley.

Kicker Bobby Puyol has been pretty good this year making 9 of 10 field goals. Distance could be a question as his longest is only 42 yards. Puyol has 3 missed extra points so I don’t know if that’s a result of bad technique or blocked extra points, but it seems to be something the Bearcats may be able to take advantage of.

Punter Justin Wain is averaging 38.1 yards per punt this season and out of 32 attempts he has had 10 inside the 20 yard line, 15 fair caught and 1 blocked.

Arkeel Newsome is the main kick return threat with an average of 24.8 per return and a long of 71 yards.

The Huskies only have 3 total punt returns this season and the guy who has fielded 2 of them is Brian Lemelle his long is 9 yards. So to say the punt return game isn’t very active is an understatement.

Connecticut Huskies Depth Chart -
Special Teams
STARTER 2ND 3RD 4TH
K Bobby Puyol Michael Tarbutt
P Justin Wain Bobby Puyol
H Tim Boyle Brian Lemelle
PR Brain Lemelle Tyraiq Beals
KR Arkeel Newsome Joshua Marriner
LS Dominick Manco James Bedell

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