UConn Secondary Needs Fixing

The Connecticut football team likely will be without starting cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson again Saturday when the Huskies open Big East Conference play at West Virginia.

UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni said Sunday that Wreh-Wilson is still on crutches. Wreh-Wilson sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee in the first half against Buffalo on Sept. 24 and did not play in UConn's 38-31 loss to Western Michigan at Rentschler Field Saturday.

"I don't think that's realistic for this week," Pasqualoni said when asked if Wreh-Wilson would be able to test the knee in practice this week. "He's still on crutches, so I would say clearly right now that he would be out for the West Virginia game."

The Huskies (2-3) certainly missed their best defensive back and the leader of the secondary against Western Michigan. Broncos quarterback Alex Carder picked apart UConn for 479 passing yards and five touchdowns. Carder was 37-for-51 and was not intercepted.

Western Michigan picked on Gary Wilburn, who replaced Wreh-Wilson, but the entire secondary was victimized. The Broncos scored 21 points on three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as UConn saw a lead erased in the final quarter for the third time this season.

The Huskies must make adjustments to their secondary heading into Big East play, Pasqualoni said.

"We're going to work some different combinations back there as we did during the course of the game," Pasqualoni said. "Everyone will be up and ready to go and we'll work some different combinations with guys playing in different positions. We'll go through the week and evaluate it as we go."

West Virginia (4-1) is ranked No. 16 in this week's Associated Press poll and looks like the team to beat in the Big East. The Mountaineers defeated Bowling Green 55-10 Saturday after losing the previous week to top-ranked LSU 47-21. Quarterback Geno Smith threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns.

Running back Dustin Garrison had 32 carries for 291 yards and two touchdowns. The Mountaineers had only 306 total rushing yards before Saturday, but piled up 360 on the ground against Bowling Green.

"I think we found a running back," WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said after the game.

Pasqualoni said he would worry about the Mountaineers later.

"Obviously they're a very good team and had a big win yesterday," he said. "Very skilled team. Very athletic. Fast. All of those things. But right now we're just buttoning up the hatches. We'll get going on [West Virginia] later in the day."

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