The positives from Connecticut's 33-18 loss to Towson in the season opener were very limited but at the top of the list had to the performance of the wide receivers.
Receivers Geremy Davis and Shakim Phillips both rank among the top 10 receivers in the American Athletic Conference after the first week of play. UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer completed 16 of 28 passes and threw two touchdowns. Davis and Phillips hauled in 10 of those completions.
Two of the five passes caught by Phillips were for touchdowns. Davis ranks seventh in the American with five receptions for 100 yards. Phillips caught TD passes of 31 and 21 yards.
Running back Lyle McCombs also caught five passes for 18 yards, but the Huskies had their greatest success on deep strikes – especially to the outside, where Towson's defenders were overmatched by the athleticism of Davis and Phillips. It looked so easy, it actually made many wonder why the Huskies didn't look that way more often in the second half after falling behind.
"We played well but not good enough because we still lost," Davis said of the receivers. "I don't care about personal stats. The most important stat obviously is to win."
In case you missed it Monday, UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni said backup receiver Kamal Abrams may miss 2-4 weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Abrams injured the knee during warmups prior to the Towson game. Freshman Brian Lemelle, redshirt freshman John Green and freshman Noel Thomas will get more reps in practice this week with Abrams out.
Senior offensive tackle Kevin Friend (concussion) missed the opener but Pasqualoni said Monday he has been cleared to return to action.
"He's fine, he's been cleared, he's all ready to go," Pasqualoni said of Friend.
Pasqualoni said the Huskies will practice three days, take a day off and then begin preparing for the Maryland game Sept. 14 at Rentschler Field.
"Our guys have had an excellent attitude," Pasqualoni said of the loss to Towson. "They understand it's one game, they understand we have a long season ahead of us and a very, very challenging schedule facing us."