Kendall Reyes, Sio Moore and Lawrence Wilson of the Connecticut Huskies walk off the field after losing against the Rutgers. Let's not have a repeat of this image today.
So has this has been an interesting week for UConn football or what? First, on Tuesday, starting guard Erik Kuraczea left the team, reportedly because he didn't want to put in the extra work that Randy Edsall required of him after his suspension earlier this year. That wasn't good, but what came on Wednesday was worse, when UConn announced that starting quarterback Cody Endres was suspended from the team, never to return. So now UConn, a team that was already struggling heads into today's game with an untested freshman QB and way more questions than it has answers. So much for bye weeks being restful.
I don't know what to say at this point. Obviously the sky-high expectations we helped pump up before the start of the season are nearly impossible to meet at this point (note that I didn't say impossible). Not only has this season been a disappointment up to this point, but it's also created a lot of uncomfortable questions about the future of the program. Just ask Jeff Jacobs.
Still, if there is hope, it comes in the form of Louisville, a team that has been gracious enough to lose to UConn for the last three years, often painfully. The Cardinals seem to be heading in the right direction under new coach Charlie Strong, but after the Kragthorpe years, their talent level is so low that UConn should in theory, be able to handle them. At least they would if they knew what they'd be getting from their quarterback.
That brings us to today's biggest mystery. What, if anything, will UConn get from Mike Box? Everything I've read has indicated that the coaches are actually excited about Box's potential, but worried about his inexperience. One week ago he was redshirt freshman Mike Box. Today, he's starting quarterback Mike Box. That's a big difference. I hope he's up to the challenge.