The Connecticut Huskies are currently 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the American Athletic Conference. Like the Bearcats they are searching for their first win in the AAC. We are going to highlight the Huskies for the Bearcat fans.
The Huskies are led by co-offensive coordinators Frank Verducci (tight ends coach) and Mike Cummings (offensive line coach). The Verducci and Cummings led bunch currently is averaging 19.8 points per game.
Redshirt junior quarterback Bryant Shirreffs is still leading the offense he is a dual threat back there. Shirreffs currently has thrown for 1058 yards on 62.6% with completions, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He also has run for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Arkeel Newsome is the main running back he currently has 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. Newsome currently only has 4 catches, but he is known for making plays out of the back field also.
The wide receiver the Bearcats must keep in check is senior Noel Thomas. Thomas has 46 catches for 523 yards and 2 touchdowns. He only averages 11.4 yards a catch, but Shirreffs is looking for Thomas every pass play.
The Huskies defense is led by co-defensive coordinators Anthony Poindexter and Vincent Brown. Poindexter and Brown currently have the defense giving up 26.4 points per game.
The heart and soul of the defense is safety Obi Melifonwu, he is leading the team in tackles with 47 on the season. Cornerback Jamar Summers is still in the fold, for those that don’t know Summers is a legit playmaker.
Defensive lineman Cole Ormsby is leading the team with 3 sacks on the season
Bob Diaco is in his third season with the Huskies they are currently 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the AAC. He’s is 10-20 overall and 5-13 in the AAC for his career. Bearcat fans remember Diaco because he used to be their defensive coordinator under Brian Kelly.
Kicker Bobby Puyol is one of the best in the nation he is automatic as he hasn’t missed an extra point or a field goal this season.
The kick and punt return game hasn’t been explosive this season led by Brian Lemelle and Tyraiq Beals. Beals longest kick return is 23 yards.
Punter Justin Wain has been solid averaging 41.9 yards per punt with 15 inside the 20.
|Connecticut Huskies Depth Chart - 2016|
|WR||Noel Thomas||Brian Lemelle|
|TE||Alec Bloom||Chris Lee|
|LT||Matthew Peart||Steve Hashemi|
|LG||Brendan Vechery||Kyle Schafenacker|
|C||Ryan Crozier||Daniel Oak|
|RG||Richard Levy||Tom Tabur|
|RT||Andreas Knappe||Trey Rutherford|
|WR||Hergy Mayala||Tyraiq Beals|
|QB||Bryant Shirreffs||Garrett Anderson|
|FB||(TE) Tommy Myers||(TE) Tyler Davis|
|HB||Arkeel Newsome||Ron Johnson|
|Base 4-3 Defense|
|LDE||Cole Ormsby||Sheriden Lawley|
|LDT||Folorunso Fatukasi||Sean Marinan|
|RDT||Mikal Myers||Kevin Murphy|
|RDE||Luke Carrezola||Cameron Stapleton|
|WLB||Vontae Diggs||Jon Hicks|
|MLB||Junior Joseph||Chris Britton|
|SLB||Matthew Walsh||E.J. Levenberry|
|CB||Jhavon Williams||John Green|
|SS||Anthony Watkins||Brice McAllister|
|FS||Obi Melifonwu||Marshe Terry|
|CB||Jamar Summers||John Robinson|
|K||Bobby Puyol||Michael Tarbutt|
|P||Justin Wain||Brett Graham|
|PR||Brain Lemelle||Tyraiq Beals|
|KR||Arkeel Newsome||Brice McAllister|
|LS||Nick Zecchino||Jamar Summers|