TheRoundUp 8/27: Football starts this week

The biggest surprise of the depth chart? Ryan Griffin isn't listed as the top tight end. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

UConn QB Chandler Whitmer Seeing A Childhood Dream Come True - Hartford Courant
The difference between a 5-7 finish and a bowl appearance last season was a quarterback. That's why UConn last fall went after the juco honorable mention All-American out of Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. And that's a major reason why Whitmer, eager to play immediately, accepted the scholarship offer.

UCONN FOOTBALL: Quarterback Chandler Whitmer ready for his chance in the Division I spotlight (with videos)- The Register Citizen
When Whitmer weighed his options, he liked his chances of coming in and winning the No. 1 job with the Huskies.

UConn Releases Depth Chart | NBC Connecticut
Perhaps the lone shocker on offense: tight end Ryan Griffin, considered to be the Huskies' best NFL prospect, is listed as John Delahhunt's backup

UConn LB Moore fired up to go out a winner - GreenwichTime
"Being here along with the rest of the seniors, we came here in the summer of '08, we'd been to bowl games every single year," Moore said. "And last year was the first time we didn't go so that set a tempo on the field for us to work at a level we needed to work to get back to where we wanted to go and that's to be Big East champs and put another (bowl) banner up. That's how we want to leave here."

UCONN FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW: Senior-laden defense looks to lead the way to a successful season (with video)- The Register Citizen
While there are some question marks on offense heading into Thursday’s season opener against UMass, a senior-laden defensive squad has seemingly limitless possibilities.

Paul Pasqualoni Talks Up UConn's Opener Vs. UMass - Hartford Courant
"We should pretty much have our team ready to go, knock on wood," Pasqualoni said. "We still have a big work day [Monday] and a big review day [Tuesday] and a walk-through on Wednesday. We're sure UMass is working extremely hard, as we are, to be a very good college football team."

UConn men's soccer: UConn men's soccer team beats St. Francis of New York, 1-0 - Hartford Courant
"When you come out from preseason it's not easy in your first game," Diouf said. "Opening night — first game — the only thing I want is a win. I don't care how we're going to get it."

High expectations and few questions for UConn men in 2012 - Hartford Huskies | Examiner.com
Very few teams have the luxury of returning a sophomore goalkeeper the caliber of Andre Blake. Blake became the first Big East freshman to garner a major conference award by being named the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year for 2011.

UConn Freshmen Give Huskies 3-0 Win Over Maine - UCONNHUSKIES.COM - The Official Website of the University of Connecticut Huskies
The Huskies controlled the ball the majority of the match outshooting Maine (1-2-0) 22-8 as the Black Bear keeper, Lauren Swant, recorded eight saves but allowed three goals falling to a 1-1 record defending the Maine net.

U.S. women win first 3-on-3 world basketball title - ESPN
Notre Dame senior Skylar Diggins, Connecticut junior Bria Hartley and Stanford junior Chiney Ogwumike teamed with former UConn standout Ann Strother for the U.S. team.

UConn transfer Smith to redshirt this year at UNLV - CBSSports.com
That means you'll see Smith in Vegas threads approximately 14 months from now. And that's a good thing for Dave Rice's team, largely because UNLV is already pretty stacked this year. UNLV is a preseason top-15 team in my estimation, and the junior-to-be wouldn't have been likely to see the same kind of playing time this season and he will in 2013-14 and in 2014-15, when he'll be a fifth-year senior.

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