The UConn Huskies are starting their second year in round two of the Randy Edsall era. Fortunately for Edsall, the ship had sunk almost to the bottom to the point where fans had limited to zero expectations of the team. Edsall took over last year when UConn cut ties with former head coach, Bob Diaco.
Under Diaco, the Huskies had an exceptionally successful defense, but little to show for offense. It’s no surprise that once Diaco was let go from the Huskies, he went right to be a defensive coordinator for Nebraska. In five years with the Huskies, Diaco led the team to four seasons of three wins or less.
The last time Edsall was at the helm, the Huskies went 9-24 until becoming a contender. Now, the Huskies are in a difficult conference, the American Athletic Conference, last time UConn was an independent. This conference consists of USF, Houston, and Temple, who are contenders UConn has had trouble with in the past, including an undefeated UCF team.
UConn will see a new quarterback this season as junior transfer, David Pindell beat out former quarterback, senior Bryant Sheriffs for the job. Pindell transferred from Lackawannna Junior College in Pennsylvania. He will be looking to throw to three junior wide receivers this season, Tyraiq Beals, Hergy Mayala, and Quayvon Skanes. Where UConn lacks in skilled offensive players, it makes up for in experience since these three receivers have already been in the program for at least two years.
UConn had 24 members of the Class of 2018 sign letters of intent. Of those 24 players, three have enrolled. Two of those three players are listed as three star talent while the other is listed as two star. The two three star players are CB Shamel Lazarus and OT Noel Ofori-Nyadu. Lazarus is listed as the 23rd best recruit out of New York. The two star recruit, Safety Malik Banks is listed as the second best recruit out of Delaware.
The Huskies hope that Edsall will be able to turn this program into a contender sooner than three years. However, in a more difficult conference, Edsall still has a lot of progress to make. As the class of 2018 begins to start their enrollment, we will see the first batch of players that Edsall was able to recruit in a full year since taking over the head coaching job at UConn last year.