POSITIVES FROM UCONN LOSS
Despite the loss, head coach Dave Wannstedt was still able to find some positives. Interestingly, despite allowing the most rushing yards by an individual in four years, Wannstedt praised a couple members of the defensive line.
"I thought Chas Alecxih probably had as good a performance as we've had by any defensive tackle here in the last four years, and that's a shame when you don't win the game," Wannstedt said. "I think he had eight tackles (at Connecticut). He played very well.
After the game, quarterback Tino Sunseri said the reason for a false start on a 4th-and-1 was that there was a lot of trash talking going on, following the previous play. Sunseri took it upon himself to get his linemen calmed down, and get the play off.
"After the (third-down) play, there's a couple talking between a couple of the players," Sunseri said after the game. "We just talked a little bit too much. We didn't get back into the huddle, and get up to the line. We broke the huddle with not enough time. I didn't speak loud enough to the center. That's my responsibility to make sure (the center) gets that call, and I guess I didn't speak loud enough for him to hear it. That's my responsibility to make sure that he gets that call."
Wannstedt, however, didn't get that same sense.
"How that happens is if there is ever a problem with either team, the officials waste no time bringing it to my attention," Wannstedt said. "There was no conversation about that. They (Pitt) might have been late coming out of the huddle. It was a pretty intense game, a really physical game. It (trash talking) was not an issue, in my mind, from the standpoint of us being able to execute (the fourth-down play) correctly."
OFFENSIVE LINE STILL ON RIGHT PATH
Despite allowing three sacks, Wannstedt also said he is pleased with how the offensive line has continued to progress since moving Lucas Nix to right guard, and starting Jordan Gibbs at right tackle.
"I think our offensive line has continued to take a step forward and they have week after week," Wannstedt said. "We'll need to continue with that process this Saturday down at South Florida."
NO PERSONNEL CHANGES
Wannstedt also said despite the loss, he doesn't anticipate any changes this week. He did say that everyone on the team is always under the microscope.
"We're constantly re-evaluating positions," Wannstedt said. "With Greg Romeus out, and when you look at our defensive line, all four of our backup defensive line are all freshmen right now. Three of them are true freshmen and one of them is a redshirt freshman. We're young and we know that.
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