Cochran Still in Cast

Connecticut football coach Paul Pasqualoni said Tuesday a "hand grenade would have to go off" for freshman quarterback Casey Cochran to play in a game at this point in the season.

That's the closest thing so far to official confirmation that the former Masuk High quarterback will redshirt this season. That's no surprise. Since he arrived at UConn in January, the odds were high that he would sit out this season and learn.

When he injured his left wrist in a bicycling accident just before preseason camp began, those chances increased. Cochran is still wearing a plastic cast and Pasqualoni said the healing process has dragged out much longer than expected for the two-time Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year.

"We thought Casey was going to get the cast off for the Maryland week but those X-rays didn't come out the way we would have liked," Pasqualoni said Tuesday. "It is a little longer process so that has pushed it into a week by week deal. We are going to evaluate it again this week.

"But Casey is out there and he is doing everything he can do, we just can't give him hard snaps under the center play after play. He can take a shotgun snap, he can throw the ball, and do all of those things. He can hold the ball.

"He has not been 100 percent cleared at this point and we will evaluate it again this week and see how it is this week. He is still up and still in development. My sense is that we will keep him going that way. I don't know if we would play him. A hand grenade would have to go off right now for us going into game six. So we will see how he is at the end of the week and we will see what kind of clearance we get. If he is not cleared 100 percent then we will start over again next week."

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