Weekend Update - Huskies Prepare for WVU

With D.J. Hernandez's cracked wrist improving enough for him to practice again, UConn coach Randy Edsall faces an interesting decision for Wednesday's Big East game at No. 18 West Virginia. Should Hernandez get the nod, or will Edsall stick with true freshman Dennis Brown?

By the looks of it Friday, Brown will be the starter. But Edsall was by no means tipping his hand about his plans about the rest of the day, never mind next week.


Brown, true freshman from Miami who made his collegiate debut a week ago in a 26-24 loss to Rutgers, is ahead of redshirt freshman Hernandez on the depth chart. But that's where the situation is muddled. Listed at No. 2 is walk-on senior Peder von Harten --- Hernandez's name is nowhere to be found.


Hernandez suffered a cracked bone in his left wrist in a 28-17 loss at Cincinnati two weeks ago, had surgery, and missed the Rutgers game. He returned to practice Thursday, Edsall said, but his status for the West Virginia game is uncertain.


 "It's something we're just going to monitor through the rest of the week as we go to see how he handles everything and how he reacts to all the snaps that he's getting," Edsall said. "We'll see how it goes from there."


Brown has been working out with the first-team offense, which he directed for 24 points in his debut. The offensive line struggled the most with Brown at the helm, committing more false starts than a 5-year-old attempting to jump into the deep end of a pool for the first time.


"They should be used to me," Brown said. "If there was a problem with my supposed accent, they've got it down pat now."


All that remains to be seen is if Brown will be the one calling the signals at the line of scrimmage for UConn (4-3, 1-2) on Wednesday. When asked if the final decision will come at game time, Edsall shrugged and said he didn't know.


"Right now, as I've listed, Dennis Brown is the starter," Edsall said.


Hernandez has been practicing with tape on his wrist. Edsall wants to see if the former Connecticut high school player of the year is comfortable under center.


"At that position, because he's handling the ball every time, you've got to make sure that the guy can handle all the things that you want done in the game plan --- that he's not dropping the ball or doing anything that's hindering him from being productive."


In other news, Edsall is contemplating moving sophomore Danny Lansanah back to outside linebacker. Lansanah switched to middle linebacker for the Rutgers game, in the wake of Taurien Sowell's ankle injury suffered at Cincinnati, and fared poorly. If Lansanah does move back, sophomore Ryan Henegan or walk-on freshman Mike Rouzier would man the middle, Edsall said.


Fullback Anthony Barksdale (concussion), wide receiver Brandon Young (ankle), and cornerback Tyvon Branch (hip), who all were hurt during the Rutgers game, are probable for West Virginia, Edsall said.

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