Dan Orlovsky Named to Davey O'Brien Watch List

Anticipating the upcoming Connecticut football season -- the Huskies first in the Big East Conference? Here are some things to wet your whistle. <P> Senior starting quarterback <B>Dan Orlovsky</B> has been named to the preseason watch list for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. And game times for all UConn home games are now set.

Dan Orlovsky is poised to break almost every UConn career passing record this upcoming season. The Shelton, Conn. native is second among all active passers in the nation with 61 career touchdown passes and eighth with 7,352 career passing yards. He's guided UConn to wins in 13 of the team's last 16 contests, including a 51-17 victory at Wake Forest to cap a 9-3 season in 2003.

Last fall, the 6-foot-5 team leader and NFL prospect was named the Independent Offensive MVP by ESPN.com after finishing seventh in the nation in passing and in the top 15 of several other major categories, including passing yardage and efficiency. Orlovsky was also honored by the Walter Camp Football Foundation as its Connecticut Player of the Year.

Orlovsky is joined on the O'Brien award watch list by West Virginia's Rasheed Marshall. This prestigious prize is the oldest award in the nation for quarterbacks; 2004 will be the 28th award.

The watch list, which includes 42 student-athletes, will be pared down in early November when the semifinalists are announced. The trophy will be presented in Orlando, Fla. on Dec. 9th as a part of the ESPN College Football Awards Show.

Now about that schedule!

    If you're heading to Rentschler Field for the first season of UConn Big East football, plan to be there by noon that Saturday. Five of the Huskies' seven home games will kick-off at 12:00 p.m. in East Hartford; the other two are night games.

    The first evening home contest is against the Pittsburgh Panthers on Thursday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m. Following on off week, UConn will be taking on the West Virginia Mountaineers on Wednesday, October 13th at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be nationally televised (Pitt - ESPN2; WVU - ESPN) as will the first league game at Boston College (ESPN) on Friday, September 17th at 8:00 p.m. The Huskies' fourth national TV contest is UConn's final 2004 regular season matchup on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 25th, at Rutgers (ESPN2) at 10:00 a.m.

    UConn will have noon starts against Murray State (Sept. 4), Duke (Sept. 11), Army (Sept. 25), Temple (Oct. 23 - homecoming) and Buffalo (Nov. 20).

    Game times for UConn's road contests at Syracuse (Oct. 30) and Georgia Tech (Nov. 13) have not been determined.

    To purchase season tickets for UConn's eagerly-awaited Big East debut season, please call the UConn Athletic Ticket Office at 877-AT-UCONN (877-288-2666) or go to UConnHuskies.com.

The Huskies return 17 starters this fall as they enter their inaugural season of play in a Bowl Championship Series league. This includes nine starters from an offensive unit that averaged 477.5 yards, eighth best in the nation.

In addition to Orlovsky, who has been tabbed as the conference's preseason Player of the Year in several preview publications, four of the five starters return from an offensive line that yielded just 10 sacks on 473 passing plays, third fewest in the nation.

Defensively, UConn welcomes back seven starters, including a combined 13 of the 14 from the final 2003 two-deep in the secondary and at linebacker. The team will also benefit by playing a school-record seven home games in 2004, with six of its first seven contests coming at Rentschler Field.

For the complete O'Brien watch list, please click here.


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