Lorenzen was locked in a quarterback battle with redshirt freshmen
Dennis Brown and won the job after less than two weeks of camp.
"We have decided to name Tyler as our starter for the 2007 season,"
Edsall said in a statement release by the UConn athletic department.
"We feel that it was a good competition between Tyler and Dennis but
that Tyler has clearly solidified himself as the number one
quarterback at this point. Dennis will be a more than capable backup.
I am confident in his abilities. I know that he will be a solid
number two and will give us a great performance if needs be. I feel
like it is time to go forward from here with Tyler as the number one
and have the whole offensive unit working together."
Edsall has indicated since camp opened that a decision was not
imminent and said he would let the competition play itself out. The
Huskies had a scrimmage on Sunday and his performance there played it
Edsall didn't shed any light on the quarterback situation at UConn
Media Day on Monday but did talk about what he was looking for in a
"There is so much involved with playing the position," Edsall said
Monday. "It isn't about who has the strongest arm. It isn't about who
has the smoothest release, or who is the fastest. There are a lot of
variables going into it. Sometimes the most talented young man is not
the guy who is the best leader offensively. That is what you are
looking for. Some of the physical attributes you want, but also those
attributes with command of the huddle and presence, how they handle
on a daily basis and how does the team feel about that guy."
The Huskies hope that Lorenzen can settle the quarterback position
after two years of instability and injury. Last years starter D.J.
Hernandez was mistake prone and ineffective at quarterback and was
benched after three games. Backup Matt Bonislawski wasn't much
better, and the Huskies passing game struggled all season and a major
part of the 4-8 campaign. Hernandez was moved to wide receiver this
spring and with Bonislawski graduating, it would mark the third
straight year the Huskies would have a new quarterback at the
Lorenzen, a Fremont, Iowa native who started his career at Iowa
State, was brought in to compete with Brown for the job. Lorenzen
spent the 2006 season at Palomar Community College in San Marcos,
Calif. and was named a first-team J.C. Grid-Wire All-American and
Offensive Player of the Year for California Junior Colleges. He
completed 229 of 332 passes (69.0-percent) for 2,960 yards, throwing
for 26 touchdowns against only three interceptions for a 167.90
Lorenzen is also a dual-threat quarterback and carried the ball 134
times for 836 yards with eight touchdowns.
Brown will now slide to No. 2 on the depth chart with true freshmen
sitting out this season under the NCAA's transfer rule.