Lorenzen Named Starting Quarterback

The quarterback battle at the University of Connecticut came to a quick end on Tuesday. UConn coach Randy Edsall named junior college transfer quarterback Tyler Lorenzen starter for the season opener at Duke on Sept. 1.

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

out enough. 


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

starting quarterback.


"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

efficiency rating.


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

Cody Endres penciled in at No. 3. Notre Dame transfer Zach Frazer is

sitting out this season under the NCAA's transfer rule. 


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